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Black Kitchen Cabinets

Sleek and bold, black kitchen cabinets make the ultimate statement.

The key to having black kitchen cabinets as your color choice is in how you blend it with the countertops, floors, walls and lighting to create a bold and unusual statement instead of a dark and depressing dungeon-like tomb.

Black-and-white kitchen cabinets help give your kitchen a clean contemporary look, whereas a subdued gray will give you something more elegant and calming to tone down the drama of the black. Too much black, as with too much of any color, can be overwhelming. It really is all in the statement you want to make and the tone and feel you want to convey in the room.

You should keep in mind the other features in the room surrounding the cabinets. The countertops will have to blend with the floors, which will have to blend with the paint on the walls, which are emphasized in the lighting; and all of it mixes and matches with the black in the cabinets for beautiful results. An expert designer can help you make it all work together for a look you'll love. You can also work with designer software or try your hand at the interactive features from home improvement websites.

In a kitchen with black cabinets, the lighting is as important as the color choices to maintain a balance between the dark of the cabinets and the light of the room. So you'll need to take into account the amount of windows and natural lighting already in the room and what additional lighting you'll need to achieve the desired effect.

For a large kitchen with many cabinets, consider placing an island with black cabinets in the center, and then make the rest of the cabinets white. This will give you a clean, contemporary look without going totally dark or overwhelming the senses. A splash of color, like red mixed in with the black, makes for a dramatic, fun look as well.

The type of paint you use is also very important with black because, contrary to what people assume, everything shows up on it. A high-gloss black will show fingerprints and smudges more easily, so a flat black may be your preferred choice for easier maintenance. Both will require careful planning and placement for a kitchen design you'll love for years to come.

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