Is This the Most Dramatic Kitchen Ever?

Designer Tips from Luxe Rooms: Kitchens
Design takes a dramatic turn in this kitchen, with all-black cabinets. It takes a brave designer to attempt such a feat -- and a smart one to pull off the look without making the room feel dark and dreary.

Welcome Contrast

Interior designer Anthony Como relished the challenge and balanced the dark-gray cabinets in this kitchen with a successful mix of materials. A spacious floor plan with wide aisles and two islands are also key to tempering the dark cabinets, and it creates a space that's perfect for entertaining. "The island closest to the cleanup sink is for meal prep, with the outside island used for serving," explains architect Jack Kemper, who helped the homeowners with the overall home design and kitchen layout. "This allows people to pass between islands and offers more places for helpers to stand and visit." 

Blending and Contrasting

Custom panels integrate the refrigerator with surrounding cabinetry on the wall across from the range. Masking the appliance behind panels strengthens the visual impact of the dark dramatic cabinetry. White marble tops the two islands, offering a stark contrast to surrounding cabinets. 

Tudor Style

The dark color complements the new home's Tudor style, which traditionally features dark wood and evokes a storybook, romantic mood. Even details, such as the diamond-shape muntins on glass-front upper cabinets complement the home’s Tudor style. 

Fine Finishes

Beige granite also warms the space, bringing its classic pattern and subtle hues to the perimeter work spaces. The honed finish lends an earthy look, while glass mosaic tiles bring subtle shimmer to the backsplash zone. Chrome faucets feature graceful curves that speak of a bygone era. Light surfaces on the floor and walls sparkle in the sun streaming in from the kitchen's east-facing window and help maintain a light and airy mood in the dramatic cooking zone.

Range of Ideas

Rustic stone on the range wall matches the home’s exterior and enhances the kitchen’s old-world appeal.  "The stone on the backsplash behind the range borrows from the home’s exterior and works with the honed-granite countertops for an old-world feel," Como says. "The mosaics on the remaining backsplashes have a hint of color set off by a high sheen for a nice mix of finishes."


Tortoiseshell-glass shades and working clocks on both sides of the wrought-iron light fixture add authentic character. 

To the Floor

On the floor, sand-hue porcelain tiles cut into planks mimic the look of wood and add another layer of interest. The second prep island (closest to the sink) has a contrasting wood finish, offering an element of surprise.

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