You know how the saying goes: the kitchen is the heart of the home. With so much quality time spent here, from cooking and entertaining with your friends and family, you want the space to look as great as it makes you feel. Matching your cabinets with your appliances is one of the most important ways to show off your personal taste and create a homey atmosphere. These are the top kitchen remodeling tips to help you pair the perfect cabinets with dark appliances.
Matching black appliances is easy
Black stainless steel appliances are a newer kitchen trend on the rise. Their solid, sleek appearance can turn a dull kitchen into the most modern and chicest room of your home. People are also opting to apply a “floating glass” finish to create a smooth, reflective look, which is another reason this trend is growing in popularity.
Black appliances work best in darker-themed, sun-soaked kitchens, such as with stained wood or dark painted cabinets, or with contrasting lighter colors, like whites and creams.
There are also plenty of reasons to love black appliances besides aesthetics: they are durable, fingerprint resistant, and very versatile. It’s a great option if heavy-duty cooking is your thing, or you have a lot of children and pets running around. They will resist rust, corrosion, and staining for years, and are easy to keep clean. If you can, it’s sometimes best to purchase all your new appliances from one manufacturer to ensure all the finishes match.
Pairing cabinets with dark appliances
Black appliances give you a little more freedom to play with the design of your kitchen as they pair well with a range of cabinet finishes. Chose either strictly dark or light cabinets and avoid anything in between. Keep these three tips in mind when matching cabinets with black stainless steel appliances:
- If you choose to match dark stainless steel appliances with dark cabinets, like these Oak Espresso mission style cabinets, you can create a balanced kitchen with lighter floors, countertops, or walls.
- You could instead choose to match black appliances with light kitchen cabinets, like these white cottage style kitchen cabinets. The high-contrast color combination will make your black appliances pop against the light cabinets and make the room look more inviting.
- Medium-toned finishes and paint tend to create a strange contrast that absorbs light from the room, making the kitchen feel smaller than it actually is.
Choose your kitchen’s color scheme
Once you have picked out your appliances and cabinets, you can decide on the overall color scheme for the kitchen. Start by picking two dominant colors and one accent color. The dominant colors should be simple and complementary, while the third accent color should add some drama to the room. Black appliances work well most colors, so let the space to inspire you.
If your kitchen is in a loft, consider mixing and matching darker tones that will highlight the exposed brick, wood beams, and other interesting textures in the room. For a more traditional space, make it more interesting with pops of color, like two-toned cabinets or a bright kitchen island. Another option is to paint your upper cabinets one color and the bottom another. Just be sure it matches your countertops.
Don’t forget the countertops
Pro-tip: decide on your countertops first, as they will be one of the most expensive purchases, and also the trickiest to change later. Deciding this first will make the rest of your kitchen makeover a breeze. Depending on which material you chose, the countertop will vary in its color and pattern, meaning the style can be very busy. This means it’s easier to match your cabinets and floors to the countertops and not the other way around.
Bring samples home with you as you decide on cabinets and flooring, and coordinate the finishes with the floors for a unified look. You should match the secondary dominant color in the countertops with the cabinets for an overall cohesive look.
Consider the floor color and type
Your kitchen floor sees a lot of wear and tear, so durability and maintenance should be at the top of the list when selecting a material. This doesn’t mean style has to go out the window though.
Hardwood floors are timeless and comfortable on the feet, and they flow nicely into the rest of the house. Porcelain tiles are also a great option due to their durability and versatility–with a wide range of textures, colors, and designs, it will be easy to match them to everything else going on in the kitchen. Whichever you choose, be sure to match a sample to the rest of your kitchen’s color scheme.
Add some flavorful decorations
The last step of the design process (and also one of the easiest) is decorating with accent pieces. Work with all the elements you just installed–the countertops, cabinets, appliances, and color scheme–and pick a few of your favorite pieces to bring it all together.
Metallic colors are great for brightening up the space, such as with chrome finishes on fixtures, brass knobs, and accessories. Opt for a colorful, bold art piece, or a few smaller ones depending on the size of the room.
These personal touches will create an inviting space and make it feel truly like your kitchen the whole family will want to enjoy.