black marble sink via Savvy Home Blog
With the Easter holidays approaching (we’re both getting some time off together – yay!) we’ve started thinking about updating the kitchen. It’s been a project we have long discussed but haven’t had the time to accomplish. I’ll write a full post soon, with before photos and plans, I promise!
But for now, I want to explore some of the things I am being inspired by for the kitchen. One of the things I know for sure is that the cupboards will be white, and the tile too! It’ll mean that a good portion of the kitchen will be light and bright, and for that, I think it needs some contrast!
I’ve loved all things black lately, especially in contrast to white. It’s classic looking, and yet can also be quite modern. So for this kitchen, I am hoping to add lots of black accents for a little punch of style.
black window trim via Boston Globe
My jumping-off point was these black cabinet handles that were used on an episode of Fixer Upper (man, I miss that show – I can’t get it in the UK on any channel). I have tried really hard to find something just like it, but so far it has been coming up empty or wildly expensive. The closest I have come- in style are these handles from Etsy. They aren’t quite as sleek as the ones Joanna Gaines used but are less traditional than many on the market. I think they will probably be the ones I end up with.
the Fixer Upper cabinet handles via HGTV
To go with them (on the drawers we are hoping to add), I am thinking of using cabinet edge pulls. Something really simple like this! I don’t think it would look good to use the same handles horizontally, as it would be too busy, so I want something visually lighter. So far these ones are the only ones I have found, but I’m still on the hunt.
Now, in my dream kitchen I would add a black faucet to go with all this… wouldn’t that look sharp? But at the moment, replacing the faucet or sink is probably out of the budget. I have to keep reminding myself that this isn’t my forever home, so let’s not get too crazy with the unnecessary improvements.
black faucet via Becki Owens on Instagram
Okay, but enough of these tentative plans, I will save the proper ones for later, in their own post. For now, enjoy all these photos of kitchens that are looking sharp with all that white and black contrast.
Cool-toned kitchen with black accents via Remodelista
black accents in a laundry room via Instagram
iron shelf brackets via Jen Loves Ken
black sconces via Remodelista