The LBK (little black kitchen) is perennially stylish. It can be moody and dramatic or quietly hang in the background. The beauty of black is that when paired with a matte finish, the joins around drawers and doors blur so that kitchen cabinetry reads more like furniture. Inky appliances (such as the stack of Bosch Series 8 ovens featured here) and powder-coated fittings keep the palette in check. Here, interior designer Deborah Quigley of Lane & Grove used textured black stained veneer, oak and stone to position the kitchen as “the hero of the home”.
Create a uniform look with matching black glass appliances (Bosch’s Series 8 range is your go-to here). The trick is lining up appliances with cabinetry for continuous joins. Texture drives this look - think woodgrain, leather and powder-coated steel. Integrated fridges and dishwashers keep the look consistent.
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Forget clinical hospital whites — the new pale tones are creamy and full of depth. At the helm are travertine, Venetian plaster and ancient marble, which are all having a resurgence. These tactile surfaces are at their most potent when paired with curves. In the kitchen, integrated appliances and innovations, such as 2-in-1 cooktops (doing away with blocky range hoods), prove fluid is the way of the future.
Interior designer Cassie James-Herrick took inspiration from the existing travertine floors in this kitchen, which “were too good to replace”.