Kitchen Design Trend Report. Black Vs White

When we make improvements to our kitchens, we want the results to last. So it’s no wonder that we tend to play it safe when it comes to our design choices.

33% of renovating homeowners turn to trusted classics, such as white cabinets and 45% prefer neutral walls.[1]

For that reason, while more and more homeowners are opting to go bold and adding a splash of colour to their kitchens, minimal white units are still the nation’s favourite. But there is a new contender on the block. One that has the same timeless appeal as white, while offering a bolder approach. Could black be the new white when it comes to kitchen design in 2017?

Beautiful Blacks

Rather than high-gloss 1980s style surfaces, many people are opting for a more elegant, natural look when it comes to black kitchen worktops and cabinets. Black on black is even popping up for the design mavericks out there, and, while at the moment, this bold design choice is only for the very brave, we predict it will increase in popularity.

Bringing luxury, drama, and opulence to any kitchen a granite or quartz kitchen worktop can also help to soften the overall impression; combining unparalleled performance with stunning aesthetic appeal.

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Black matt doors, combined with a black/white granite can also look ultra-stylish while adding a touch of class and gravitas.

Warming up black kitchens, copper, brass, and bronze also deliver reflective surfaces that bounce light around a room and create a glamorous and affluent look.

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Off-black, greys rather than unyielding jet blacks can also help to soften the overall effect of a dark kitchen, like this ‘steel leather’ from Cheshire Granite Worktops.

Wonderful Whites

White kitchens are timeless, so they’ll never go out of fashion. But that doesn’t mean they have to be dated or boring.

In fact, in 2017, white remains a popular choice due to our new found love all of all things hygee. With Nordic design set to remain a key trend for the foreseeable future, our preference for crisp white interiors shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

To add wow-factor to your white kitchen, invest in quality granite or quartz worktops. Creating an organic look that adds texture and warmth, stone worktops won’t just look good, they’ll also stand the test of time. Like this ‘Thunder White’ granite fitted by Cheshire Granite Worktops.

A splash of colour can also add interest to a white kitchen, drawing the eye and creating an instant focal point.

Kitchen Design Colours

White doesn’t have to mean old-fashioned. It can also be ultra-modern, with handle-free cabinets helping to create a clutter-free impression and the feeling of space.

Image Credit: Tamizo Architects

Gorgeous Greys

Can’t make up your mind between black and white? Don’t overlook the power of grey. A muted powerhouse, grey can soften spaces. It can also add warmth and draw out more show-stopping colours. Grey also harmonises beautifully with hardwood floors making it a sophisticated choice.

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Helping you to choose wisely when making an investment in a granite or quartz kitchen worktop that will change the appearance of your kitchen, at Cheshire Granite Worktops we take care of the whole process for you.

With a small change going along way, if you would like to have a chat with us to find out how updating your worktops will add value to your kitchen and home, please do not hesitate to call us on 01565 300065 or email us at

[1] UK Houzz Report 2017

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