Is Black the New Neutral for Kitchen Cabinets?

Is Black the New Neutral for Kitchen Cabinets?

Home owners are starting to redefine what are considered neutral cabinet colors thanks to an emerging idea called "kitchen noir."

The trend even has its own Twitter handle and Pinterest page. Who can argue with such a strong social media presence?

It's also hard to argue with high-end kitchen designers who are embracing black as a statement of being modern and chic. It didn't take long for DIYers to take note.

“There’s a lot of interest right now in intense, deep tones for kitchens,” Paul Lobkovich of Lobkovich Kitchen Designs in Virginia's Tysons Corner tells The Washington Post.

Basic black makes its way into the kitchen

“Black is a new neutral. We’re doing a couple of kitchens now that are sort of a gray/brown/black or black with a little eggplant mixed in,” he adds.

The “kitchen noir” feel was evident at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show held earlier this year in Las Vegas in conjunction with the International Builders Show.

Sleek, smooth and dark kitchen designs stood out, which wasn't surprising when you consider the National Kitchen & Bath Style Report for 2014.

Participants were asked whether they had used a black color scheme in at least one kitchen in the past year. Of the respondents, one-third said they did; five years ago it was only 12 percent.

As the report explains, consumers are interested in black and want kitchens that have “simple lines and not as much frou-frou."

More sleek, less frou

There's certainly not much frou when it comes to black. The color also has the advantage of appealing to both men and women, so that may be one kitchen design element that can be quickly agreed upon.

Finding a highly rated carpenter to help you with new cabinets or a company to help you resurface your old ones also can often help keep peace in any kitchen design or remodel.

Choosing to go black for your cabinets is a much cheaper route than going to the dark side with countertops, tiles or even backsplashes. 

There can be a lot of prep-work involved, however, to make sure the color will stick. It involves sanding, cleaning and priming.

You can hire someone to refinish your cabinets, or make it a weekend DIY project. 

If you're doing it yourself, consider taking off a cabinet door to take with you to the paint store. That way you can get primer and brand suggestions.

Also, check out these six steps for painting cabinets.

And if you run into any stares when selecting black as your cabinet color, just say it's all part of your "kitchen noir" plan.


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