Black kitchens: a sound investment

Black kitchens are consistently on-trend and a firm favourite among homeowners with a penchant for modernity, especially since they are available in an infinite number of styles and a wide range of finishes that can be personalised to your heart's content. Black is so indisputably elegant that it is the key ingredient to some of today's most beautiful kitchens. Some people may worry about creating an overly dark kitchen, but black can easily be paired with the right materials and colours to produce a trendy result that will convince the most reticent minds. Have you been dreaming of a fully customised designer kitchen in shades of black? Now is the time to succumb to the temptation!

Why choose a black kitchen?

There are many reasons for choosing a black kitchen, starting with its host of advantages. Simply oozing style with its sober look, a black contemporary kitchen can come down through the ages without ever looking dated. Their modern design and minimalist look create a style that you can customise to match your personality. If you thought that this type of colour would lead to a sad-looking room, then think again because black can act as a light colour by playing with the kitchen's lighting, especially if the kitchen lacks daylight. This is the very challenge that Schmidt has decided to tackle, namely working together with you to design a contemporary and warm range of fitted kitchen units that will make you want to spend more time in the kitchen with your loved ones.

Another key advantage with a black kitchen is the extremely wide selection of finishes that you can choose from. For example, a black and terrazzo kitchen is highly popular with fans of organic materials, such as concrete. Its mineral, yet sleek look and its velvety-soft touch immediately produce a highly enjoyable sense of intimacy. In addition, its industrial feel brings tremendous prestige to the kitchen. As an added bonus, matt black conceals any minor imperfections and is easier to clean.

On the other hand, a lacquered kitchen is especially suited to darker interiors or smaller surface areas. Smooth and glossy fronts elicit a mirror effect that increases the impression of space. The only downside with a kitchen featuring a lacquered finish is that it requires frequent cleaning.

What about a textured finish to demonstrate your daring side? A textured kitchen is less conventional than other styles and deliberately plays with the different material effects to bring a sense of added depth to the kitchen. That is why we offer a whole host of possibilities. Whether wood, stone, slate or waxed concrete, a natural touch is the ideal solution for creating a cosy and modern atmosphere.

In addition to the wide range of customisable finishes, a black kitchen has one more advantage, namely a unique style just like you. It can blend seamlessly into your home, because it is designed to reflect your individual tastes and desires. Just some of the options available include an incredibly trendy look with no exposed handles, an industrial design with a few touches of stainless steel and a more graphical style for an architect's kitchen.

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How do you match materials and colours for your black kitchen?

You are probably wondering which colours can be combined with your black kitchen for a flawless result. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to bringing a sublime touch to what will soon become your favourite room in the house. One of the most classic schemes is black and white. You cannot go wrong with this winning combination. It actually represents an excellent alternative if you cannot make up your mind between either colour. A black and white kitchen is timeless and represents the perfect canvas for the most eccentric ideas to accentuate its original look. Remember to add a few wooden elements to give the kitchen a warmer feel.

Grey is also an ideal match with black, because they both come from the same colour palette. For example, deep black pairs effortlessly with slate, pearl grey, anthracite and silver. If you go for this type of combination, try to create a harmonious look from floor to ceiling with white walls and a light-coloured floor. On the other hand, you can bring the black to life by adding a daring touch of yellow. Yellow and black kitchens are so full of contrasts, but also so trendy! A vibrant yellow will liven up the black. This colourful style can be given the perfect finishing touch with graphical walls in black and white. For an original, but more sober effect, a red and black kitchen offers an elegant alternative, especially with matt, handleless unit fronts.

In addition to the right colour schemes, you can also play with different combinations of materials. As such, you can design a black kitchen with a high-end feel and undeniable level of elegance. When it comes to black kitchens, black and wood kitchens offer unlimited potential. This is clearly one of the most on-trend designs at the moment. Wood is a noble material that softens the black and brings a feeling of natural warmth. The contrast between old and new opens up fresh design possibilities for family kitchens without losing any of their charm. Small tip for open spaces: mark out the kitchen area with concrete floor tiles.

Another way to mix up the materials is to add a central feature in a different material. Feel free to use our expertise to design a functional, practical and stylish kitchen with an island. A stainless steel island will add a raw and industrial touch to the kitchen, while an imitation marble worktop on a central island will create a spectacular effect that screams pure sophistication.

Regardless of the style that you have chosen for your black kitchen, all it takes is a few decorative touches to produce a real showstopper. A brick wall or a flashy splashback are great at drawing the eye to a specific area. Small items dotted around the kitchen can offer a stylish finishing touch. What about aromatic plants in coloured vases, storage jars or photos? The decision is yours!

Our other advice for choosing the right colours and layout for your kitchen:

Fitted kitchen: all our ranges Open plan or American-style kitchen Bespoke kitchen island Peninsula kitchen Small kitchen U-shaped kitchen L-shaped or corner kitchen T-shaped kitchen Galley kitchen White kitchen Grey kitchen

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