Black and white kitchens are known as a safe option in interior design – but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish or daring. Using contemporary cabinetry, trying unexpected combinations, and updating materials will all bring this elegant palette up to the moment.
The classic combination of black and white is forever pleasing to the eye. The crisp contrast between these opposing shades creates clean lines and a visual clarity that’s familiar and comforting. From chequered flooring, a trend that dates all the way back to Roman times, to bold Art Deco patterns, or chic Parisian apartments with white painted walls and black wrought iron balconies, a monochrome palette has long conveyed self-assured good taste and sophisticated style. It’s also a look that works with every style and era of property and offers a neutral backdrop for colourful accents and unique decorative pieces.
If you’ve chosen a black and white colour scheme as the starting point for your kitchen design, consider using a glass splashback as part of your plan. The uninterrupted surface of a glass panel – with no grout to get in the way – will enhance the clean-cut shapes and sleek lines that a monochrome interior provides. Here are some of the options to consider…
A jet black splashback can add instant drama to a white kitchen without making the room too dark overall. And because black panels blend so well with black appliances and fixtures, such as hobs and extractor fans, they help keep the overall palette simple and minimal.
Although combining white units with a black worktop or splashback is a popular choice, reversing the trend looks equally as stylish. The owners of this gorgeous kitchen have chosen to pair a glossy white glass panel with matt black units, which is a great way to bring in some visual variety.
If pure black feels too harsh but you still love the monochrome vibe, lighten the look with a slightly softer colour such as charcoal, navy or chocolate. The splashback above is our Conker shade, a rich dark brown with a luxurious velvety appearance.
Pure white glass looks fresh and crisp, but if you’d prefer a slightly warmer shade then we have plenty of off-whites to choose from. Shown here is Pebble, which has been combined with charcoal units for a slightly mellower take on the monochrome theme. This minimalist kitchen is also a perfect example of the way in which a high-contrast colour scheme can enhance the neat edges of a sleek and streamlined design.
Perhaps you love the idea of a black splashback but are worried it may be too severe. Bring in some fun by adding our Glitter finish to your panel! Shown here is our Rainbow Glitter option which mixes multi-coloured sparkle into the paint, giving a subtly playful edge to the finished product.
If blocks of black and white feel a little too harsh, a printed glass splashback could be just the addition you need to soften things up. From our soft stripe print shown here, to pretty patterns or arty black-and-white photographs, they’re a wonderful way to stick to your colour scheme while giving the eye a focal point on which to rest. They also break up the graphic lines of black and white kitchens by adding a greater variety of forms and shapes. For more information about any of these ideas please contact us – we’d be delighted to hear from you.