Ikea Budget Kitchen Remodel : Black & White Palette


Continuing the series on kitchen remodels on a budget, today’s post features the neutral palette of a black and white kitchen. This classic color (or non-color, if you will) combo makes future updates easy as you can just switch out accessories, creating an entirely new look. 

If you like to follow the trends, accessorize with new items annually based on Pantone’s color of the year, the very blush Honeysuckle. For this kitchen, I’ve selected sunny yellows and neutral gray metallics to brighten the kitchen without blinding the cooks.

Design elements of this kitchen take inspiration from the cottage stylings of Chicago based designer Jaymes Richardson of Civility Design. Dark lowers and light uppers is a trend with staying power as it simultaneously evokes a feeling of a classic, unfitted kitchen but with a modern, updated twist. The white uppers lift and brighten a space and especially compliments kitchens with low ceilings and minimal natural light. Dark lower cabinets anchor the kitchen. The contrast between the light upper cabinets and dark lower cabinets work to heighten the room. Achieve this look with Ikea’s Akurum cabinets in Nexus brown-black and Applad white.

Every budget has room for a splurge.  Bertazzoni’s Heritage Freestanding Range in black, with matching hood, further accentuates the updated cottage stylings of this kitchen, creating a focal point that cannot be ignored. Gray penny-round tiles unify the uppers and the lowers, keeping the backsplash neutral for longevity.

Grohe’s Minta Chrome Pull Down faucet offers a modern look without sacrificing functionality. It’s angular design makes it a match for the zero-radius Kindred  Double-Basin Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen Sink. Black Galaxy granite countertops on top of dark cabinetry create a monochromatic, modern palette that literally shines. Gray slate tile underfoot softens the contrast between the black and the white elements, as well as adding subtle movement and texture to the kitchen.

Although a small detail, the hardware solidifies the modern cottage look. Eschewing knobs for pulls throughout the layout, the Horton Brasses MacIntosh Handles in polished nickel come in two sizes–14″ & 8-3/4″–and can be used as appliance handles or cabinet pulls. Vertically mounted on doors and horizontally mounted on drawers, this hardware is an ergonomic dream to use. I have a sample right here next to me and, when I’m not day dreaming about kitchens, use this weighty pull for my Tracy Anderson Method workouts. In simpler words, the pull is heavy!

Finally, accessories. Pull the look together with accent pieces that speak to your inner spectrum. This kitchen may wear black on the outside, but yellow is how it feels on the inside. Let the sun shine in with a yellow tea kettle atop your Berta, Mikasa retro-inspired Circle Chic dinnerware on your table and Thomas Paul’s Parasols New Zealand wool rug in front of your sink. A stainless steel ceiling fan, affordably priced Tolix-style French stools from Tabouret for counter seating and stainless steel egg shaped salt and pepper shakers on your table top tie this look together.

Effectively fusing function and affordability, clean modern lines and touchable accents–this black and white kitchen easily incorporates high end elements into a kitchen design within reach.

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