Cooking With Color: When to Use Black in the Kitchen

Black is a classic hue in fashion — there’s the little black dress and the debonair black tuxedo, and we are sure that you are not the only one out there with way more pairs of black shoes in your closet than there are days of the week. Yet when it comes to decorating our homes, most of us tend to shy away from using black as more than a mere accent color. Yes, black can suck a good deal of light out of a room, making it appear cramped and dreary, but when used successfully it can be crisp, dramatic and elegant.

 

Check out eight gorgeous kitchens that feature this darkest of hues, along with tips on how to work with black in the kitchen, brought to you by Spacio Design Team.

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Black absorbs rather then reflects light, so if you are using a large amount of the hue in a space, try to counter it with plenty of light — preferably of the natural variety. The high white ceiling, skylights and wall of sliding glass doors in this kitchen more than balance out the black.

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But you don’t need to have walls of windows or skylights galore to make black work in your kitchen. There are other ways to balance it. For instance, this beautiful kitchen features cabinets that have a black-washed look that makes them less heavy and monolithic than cabinets painted solid black. And because the black is paired with plenty of light neutrals and reflective materials, this kitchen feels light and open.

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Here, the large modern black pendants over the island contrast nicely with the vintage exposedbrick walls. So simple, and yet the effect is dramatic and elegant. The restrained yet rich color palette of blacks, browns and brick red is also very successful.

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If you favor a black & white kitchen, we recommend adding another bold color or accents of warm neutral browns, taupes or beiges to keep it from appearing stark and cold. The wood floor in this kitchen warms things up nicely.

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Use black to call attention to your kitchen’s interesting architectural details, finishes or fixtures.Against a light backdrop, these elements will stand out, whereas everything white will recede into the background.

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Consider the sheen of the black surfaces in your kitchen, too. Matte black absorbs light and tends to look flat and dark. Glossy surfaces will reflect light back into the space — but you can really see the texture of the surface, so make sure it’s something you want highlighted. This kitchen has a nice mix of shiny and matte surfaces, and the crisp black really defines the space.

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Since it’s a neutral, black works with any other color you want to introduce. These lemon-yellow counter stools add a nice twist to this handsome black kitchen.

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Black brings a lot of drama to a kitchen, so it requires little ornamentation. You really can’t go wrong with high-quality finish materials and workmanship combined with a restrained palette heavy on black.

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Most paint manufacturers carry a true black hue, but be sure to check out the many shades of black available that have subtle color differences. Some appear cooler, with hints of green, blue or purple; some are warmer — more of a brownish black. These subtle differences will be more noticeable in abundant daylight. As with any new paint color, it’s a good idea to test a few different blacks in the actual room you plan to use it in to see how the color looks in the space and changes throughout the day and night.

Kitchen Sink: A Perfect Blend of Elegance & Comfort

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Ideas for Kitchen Sink Designs – Cleaning and Organizing

Hello all you lovely ladies out there! Today Spacio design inspirationists are going to share this very useful and interesting post on kitchen sinks and its designs.

We spend so much time in kitchen for preparing delicious food, cleaning the counter tops, washing the dishes and plates and of course cleaning kitchen sinks. Yeah, we love to see our kitchen organised and tidy, isn’t it? So why not make our work area stylish and comfortable.

While your read this post, you’ll also get to know about some of the famous and widely used materials preferred for sinks in the kitchen and some unusual and creative designs which will add a style to your work area.

Let’s begin with this stainless steel kitchen sink…

 

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks & Faucets

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The most famous of all materials used for making sinks for kitchen is stainless steel. So many of you must be having it, even I have one and I think it’s’ the best material which requires low maintenance and can be cleaned easily. Here’s how you can clean your stainless steel sink with an ease.

Phew! Cleaning kitchen sinks is the toughest part (at least for a lot of us) because we usually don’t have enough time for its maintenance. But many of us are so happy with stainless steel sinks, we clean it using scrubber and detergent or sometimes even baking soda and trust us, it shines as if it has never been used.

Now a days, you will find all types of sinks whether it’s a single bowl or double bowl kitchen sinks with strainers, that makes it easier for you to clean your vegetables, rinse knives etc.While you go for shopping stainless steel sinks, you must follow these important tips for buying it.

Using taps for sinks has become an obsolete and boring idea. The trend says you must have best suited sinks and faucets in your kitchen, not only to add style but also for your comfort and what can be better than faucets.

The elegant structure of faucets makes it easy for you to wash your dishes and prepare your food by providing a hurdle free work space and it’s curves & appropriate height gives you a lot of space and apt water flow.

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This is the coolest thing we have seen and want to share it with you. Here in the image below, you can see a faucet with pull out spray head, it will not only simplify your task of cleaning each and every vegetable properly but move around the spray head for cleaning your sink as well. Isn’t it cool?

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Here’s a double bowl sink we have told you about. Actually, there are several styles of sinks available in the market with one bowl, two bowls and even three. Whoa! Even sinks are getting trendy these days!

Single bowl sink is the most common design we find in Indian homes, where as a two bowl sink design is now in-trend. “I have seen in most of my friends and relatives kitchen with a single bowl sinks used for both washing dishes and for preparation of food. Eww…. Sorry but I guess things have changed and so do they have to change their sinks”, says Navin Kanodia from Spacio.

Thank god…we now have a two to three bowl sinks available in India which makes your cooking hygienic and creates a comfortable work space. Where one bowl is used for cleaning and second bowl for rinsing or cleaning dishes and the other for the preparation of food.

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…and this is how you can create a WOW effect in your kitchen. Refer to the image below which shows a red colored blind in metal as a back splash for sink for a gorgeous effect.

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Sink in Marble

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Cast Iron Sink

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Oh my, are you crazy enough to make your kitchen a fun place to work. Yeah, then you must check this cute sink in blue color made of cast iron. Ah..oh…on the other side these types of sinks are very heavy & get scratch marks easily. So, personally, I would not go for it for my kitchen.

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Granite Kitchen Sink

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Granite sinks definitely add a glamour to work space but will cost you a slightly higher amount. The best thing about granite based sink is…you will own a highly durable and a scratch free design of sink.

Concrete Sink

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Beautiful Kitchen with Copper Sink

“Coolest of all yet traditional in looks, oh, am so in love with this sink in copper. Wish I could get one for my home too…” says one of the Spacio Designers.

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Organizing, Cleaning and Decorating Sink Area

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Have you ever thought of decorating your sink area? Oh, yes, it can be decorated. You can make every corner of your home beautiful. You can add flower pots, hanging pots with vine plants, beautiful curtains over the kitchen window or even a painting as a back splash. See, there are so many creative ways to decorate your kitchen…

You’ll get to know many more ideas for decorating your kitchen in my upcoming post. Stay tuned for it.

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While you are done designing your kitchen and planning to place your sink, please be very particular about it and place it right under your kitchen windows. It will help you in removing odors & keeping your kitchen fresh.

Here’ how you can place or replace your sink. A step by step guide for the beginners…

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Aww…this is so creative way to do your kitchen and personalizing it. Hanging a painting right above your sink in the kitchen is a great idea.

You might also like: Wall paintings

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Hmm…sick and tired of odors in your kitchen? Alright, you have a solution over here. Did you know, oranges, lemons, and limes act as a deodorizers for kitchen sink?

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So, how do you make use of the space available under the sink in your work space. What…you don’t use it? Damn! Even I never thought of this idea of using below the sink area for storing all those things we use for cleaning and sanitizing our kitchen area

Look at this image below with tips on organizing every thing (naphthalene balls, scrubbers, brushes, hand gloves etc.)  in boxes and hanging spray bottles on a rod in the cabinet below…

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Hey, how did you find the ideas that I have shared with you, like it? If you wish to add some other tips for organizing, decorating or cleaning sinks of your kitchen and counter top…do reply us with your ideas in the comment box below. We would love to hear from you…

Vastu Shastra for Kitchen Design

Spacio Designers help you understanding the Kitchen Design as per Vaastu

Kitchen is a very important room in our homes. It is the source of good health for all the members in the house. As per Vastu (also known as VastuShastra or Vaastu), the health of the members in the house depends on the placement of kitchen and its design.

 

Kitchen is the place where our daily meal is cooked. The health of the people in the house completely depends upon the quality of the food being cooked in the kitchen.

 

The food cooked with positive energy brings good health and prosperity. At the same time if the cooked food is with the negative energy of the room due to improper placement of kitchen, it results in ill-health and bad luck” adds Praveen Kanodia of Spacio.

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Understanding the Placement and Kitchen Design as per Vaastu

As per Vaastu, the placement of Kitchen in the house should be in the SouthEast direction. This direction is also called as the AgneyaDisha (the Fire, source of Energy). Food cooked in this direction is full of positive energy.

 

While designing the Kitchen and the interiors of the Kitchen few things need to be kept in mind. The initial placement of the kitchen in the house and the things in the Kitchen resolves problems to a greater extent.

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Tips on Vaastu for Kitchen Design

Always set up your kitchen in the South-east direction of the house and ensure that the kitchen is kept clean and hygienic. Don’t store unwanted and unused items in the Kitchen.

Stove

The placement of the stove should be in South-east such that the lady of the house faces East while cooking. This brings good health for the family members.

Sink

The placement of the Sink in the kitchen should be in the North or NorthEast direction. These are the direction ruled by the water element.

Drinking Water

The best and purest corner in the Kitchen is the North-east Direction. This direction should be used to keep Drinking water, water purifier or the water stored for drinking and cooking and hence his direction should be kept clean and empty.

Refrigerator

The placement of refrigerator should be in the South-east, West or North Direction of your kitchen

Storage

The grains and other food items stored for the cooking should be stored in the North-west direction of the kitchen.

Dining Table

The placement of the dinning table should preferably be in the North-west direction as per vaastu for kitchen.

Utensils

The utensils used in the kitchen should be stored or kept in the West or South-west direction.

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