Going Black and White in the kitchen

Friday, January 29, 2010

The ball is rolling on our kitchen redo. I am now at the point where a choice needs to be made for our countertops. All along I wanted a nice Venetian Gold granite, but now I am not so sure (well, plus the price tag is a little LARGE for that huge slab).

Black and white is starting to tickle my tummy and make me smile, I just may have to go that way. It is beautiful, traditional, contemporary, and modern with a nice pocket friendly pricetag :) And we all know the lower price wins in my redos.

I love the idea of black and white with the GREEN apples adding a POP of color.

This idea rocks my world. White cabinets surrounding,then take the island black with a nice white countertop. Opposites do attract!

Can you imagine this idea with my RED WALLS, now that rocks!

Or do I go with my original plan of white cabinets with the gold granite?? hmm, the decision is so hard.

What do you think?

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  1. Personally I like the black cabinets with the white counter tops and red wall. It jumps out at me the most, and I hate having white cabinets with little kids. You see EVERYTHING they touch.

  2. I like the white cabinets with the gold granite. It is more "safe" to me. While the black is more dramatic it is still very pretty. Good luck. Granite is super expensive though....

  3. For me it would be the white cabinets, black counter tops with pops of red and green.

  4. I've gotta say the black, white and red makes me feel funny inside! Be careful though with the black if your laundry room is near your kitchen! I see DUST everywhere because I LOVE the black.

  5. Since you are polling your readers, I thought I would weigh in to the fray.... I love the black/white with red walls.... beautiful!

  6. cami, you crack me up! I, too, felt a little "funny", maybe that is why I like it so much. I have to make a good decision because I will have to live with it, and sell the house with it!! PRESSURE PRESSURE!
    oh, and yes, black does show dust, thanks for the advice!

  7. I really like the black and white idea. And I adore the pop of green! Gorgeous! We painted our kitchen green with white cabinets. I love it!

  8. I like the white cabinets with gold granite, but the pictures look more cream than white -- that's what I really like the best. Cream cabinets, gold granite, and maybe black wrought iron accents. Red would be great for the walls AND if you get tired of them, you simply paint them.

  9. I have Venetian Gold granite in my kitchen and it is very pretty and practical because nothing shows on it. I have had Absolute Black in previous kitchens in both polished and honed and they were more difficult to keep. Every crumb and speck of dust shows on the polished and oily looking fingerprints show on the honed... The black is sophisticated and beautiful, though. When making your final decision, consider how you will like working on the black vs. the gold, not just the look from afar.

  10. I love the black and white idea. I currently have the gold tone granite and I wish I didn't. Some things in my home I like for the fact that they don't show the dust and dirt as easily ... but my kitchen counter is not one of them. With the gold granite you can't tell if it's dirty.

    Have fun with your selections

  11. I just posted about white kitchens yesterday, I LOVE white kitchens! Love the pictures, but I'm really like the white and black, with pops of green.

  12. I love my black counter tops, but even with the speckles of quartz and honey, they still show dust - like CRAZY! I think the off white or gold tone counter will show a lot less dust. The gold will hide a lot of crumbs but is it getting near the end of it's run or is it a wonderful classic? I do love the black cabinets. Amazing! Why not black cabinets with the gold?

  13. I love the black and white too! Looks great!

  14. Thanks for reminding me the upkeep with black countertops! That is true, showing dust is a VERY good tip!
    But again, like some of you said, is the gold seeing its last days?? Is it great today, but the moment I Put it in it will be yesterdays trend? I guess I will have to go with my gut. thanks for all your input :)

  15. Same problem I have when I'm trying to do something. So many options and I LIKE so many different things so it's a matter of what I will be happy with the longest. You've got some great options here. It will be fun to see what you choose!

  16. I love the black cabinets this is what I am amining for over here.

  17. Shannon (Just a reader with no blog! ha)February 2, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Hi, I just found your fun blog this morning! I don't usually comment, but I felt I had to.
    We had gold granite in our previous house and we had many disasters with it. It was properly sealed yet stained badly all the time! Did you know white wine, pickle juice, lemon juice, etc stains it? It caused a chemical reaction with it that turned it dark pink! Problem was you couldn't always see where you had spilled in time to wipe it. I say go black! Black and white has been classic in a kitchen since the 1920's. You might want to look at Silestone, too...can't hurt that stuff at all! Good luck!

  18. Shannon- thanks for commenting! I was bouncing back and forth but my gut says to go black. I know it shows dust, but in my kitchen it doesnt have time to show any dust because I am wiping ALL DAY LONG! So no problem there. And I just feel like black and white is classic. So if the gold is out by the time we sell the house, it wont matter because I will have my timeless black and white kitchen :)

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