the black and white kitchen - will it always be a classic?

The white kitchen is a classic, right? I mean, it changes with the years from raised panel, to flat panel, from shiny, to matte... And it can be gorgeous to your eye... or down right ugly! Now let's add some black. Does it make you think of 80s style with the melamine flat panel doors? Perhaps. Or perhaps it says fun with unique cement tiles and shiny cabinets. Whatever your idea of what a black and white kitchen is, I dare you to say there isn't one that, perhaps, makes you smile and say 'stunning'!

Try these on for size and let me know what you think of the black and white kitchen... is it a classic?

small kitchen design

Making the most of a small space for a kitchen is often a daunting task. The kitchen is the hardest working room in a house and it has to be right for the cook that lives there. But that's the key - the "cook that lives there". Every cook has different needs and that is what is crucial in making a small space work. Some people like a long span of counter for food plating and other kitchen tasks, while others want zones for chopping or rolling out dough. And some people need a lot of pantry space, while others might prefer a larger fridge for fresh produce. In a small space you often have to choose.

Making the most of your kitchen space is not about what other people do, but rather what your specific needs are as your home's chef. Below is an array of kitchen ideas that you might want to take note of for your next small kitchen reno - or large kitchen reno for that matter.


a few of my clients' kitchens

Here are some kitchens I have helped my clients with over the years. They are classic and should stand the test of time. That is always how I like to direct my clients' visions. Some are rented; some are simply updates; some are complete gut jobs; and many are budget friendly. And there are a few before and afters, which are always fun to see!

kitchen update 1
kitchen after 2
Stephanie & Ryan 018
kitchen after 3
1. Wendy - new place - after (29) - cropped
Lorraine & Phil - afters 006
Trayborn Dr. - before 011
1. Carol & Ger 035

shabby and chic with a little twist of colour

It's no secret that I love the Shabby Chic look. To me it feels classic, timeless, warm and friendly. It is often soft pale colours, or even just a variety of whites, that defines this style. But it can also have hits of colour for an on-trend transition into the summer. Have a look at these great examples.

white kitchen with pop of pink
turquoise cabinets with red walls - kitchen
settee with pillows and colourful rug
kitchen with pop of blue and red
black and white dining room with turquoise armoire

finishing touches in the kitchen

Whenever I design a kitchen with someone, they get excited about the new design lay-out and perhaps the Shaker cabinets in white that we decided on, as well as a pretty grey veined granite. But then they think the decisions are done. Not so! Not only do you have to decide on the backsplash, there is also lighting, flooring, window treatments, faucet and the kitchen sink too. Not to mention the appliances and the finer details like grout colour, cabinet knobs, counter edge... it can be overwhelming once you get out there. And it's the small details that really make a kitchen right, so do take your time and seek help where you need it. The design and cabinets are just the beginning of a kitchen renovation that you should love for many years.

kitchen- sconce, housebeautiful