Work with what you've got

Unfortunately, black won't look right in every space. You'll want to carefully consider your kitchen's size, shape and the amount of light it gets each day, before deciding. Being very dark, black will make a room appear smaller, so if your kitchen's already a bit pushed for space you should use black sparingly.

An eye-catching black island is a great way of creating a striking centrepiece, which can be contrasted against light walls and cabinets, as a singular black feature.

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It's all about balance

As we've mentioned before, black can dominate a décor scheme but there are ways to avoid this. It's all about getting the balance right, using enough black to make a statement whilst also ensuring the room remains light and airy. Two tone cabinets are a great way to achieve this look. Try including a run of black cabinets along the back wall of your kitchen and contrast these against another softer shade.

Remember that dark colours draw your eye into them, so useless you have a large kitchen you should avoid using them on any tall or wall hung cabinets as this will close in the space.

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Gloss versus Matt

Choosing the right finish for your kitchen is really important as it has a big impact on the overall design, which is especially significant when decorating with darker shades. If you're worried about how you will get enough light into the space, a gloss finish is a great choice. Gloss will reflect the light, creating a mirror like surface and making the room appear more spacious. Gloss finishes are often used in modern design and will give your kitchen a glamourous feel.

Matt, on the other hand, looks great in a more traditional or country styled kitchen. Although it won't do much for reflecting the light, a dark matt finish looks charming with wood accessories and will give the space a contemporary twist.

Gloss versus Matt

Have you got any tips for designing a black kitchen? We'd love to hear them!