Most people would think it a bold move to decide on having a black kitchen. In fact, it can be a sensible, practical and downright attractive option. Just look at the results here! The owners of this London family home are architects, Jane Heath and Jeremy Walker.
We especially like the matt black tiled splash-back above the nearly-black gloss units. The stainless steel cooker hood, utensils and other accessories work extremely well against the Farrow & Ball painted wall. The white worktop offers a bit of contrast and reflected light.
- RINHULT kitchen components
- Poul Henningsen PH 5 pendant light, white matte
- UDDEN wall-mounted extractor hood
- Farrow & Ball Off-Black No.57 Matt Estate Emulsion paint
- Alessi Officina Richard Sapper melodic kettle 9091
- Chicken wire egg basket
- Georg Jensen Copenhagen Candle Holder
- Cornishware red & white stripe stoneware set of 4 egg cups
- Wooden mint-coloured pepper mill / grinder
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We love this space! This Swoon Worthy boho glam kitchen belongs to Kimberly Duran; Pennsylvania-born, Manchester-based, multi-award-winning lifestyle blogger.
Swoon Worthy is the name of her blog and ‘eclectic boho glam’ is the fitting phrase she uses to describe her style.
Kimberly’s bold use of black, metallics and print is in evidence all around her house however, it’s in her kitchen that we love it the most. Copper, brass & gold against black is a match made in heaven and so, so current. The open, overhead shelves show off her collection of beautiful glass and china to great effect.
If you’ve fallen for Kimberly’s kitchen, you’ll love the rest of her home. Go check out her ‘doing up’ story on her website.
- Bitra hook rail
- Hotpoint PHPN64FAMK 60cm chimney cooker hood – black
- Solid marble serving dish on stand
- Freight brass pepper mill
- DeLonghi – White ‘Brillante’ kettle
- Chef non-stick turner
- Bloomingville golden flat grater
- Monogram mugs
- Gold monogram mugs
- Spotted porcelain mug
- Leopard-print porcelain bowl
- Gold ladle
- Gold whisk
- Gold spatula
- Ruffoni kitchen jars
- Love Leopard wallpaper, peach
My (only) pair of trainers are coming to the end of their life. I’ve had them for at least 15 years and the soles are worn down to the thickness of paper and the fabric is splitting across the vamp where the toe joints bend. They’re a pair of all-black Nikes and I’d like to replace them with something fairly similar.
I don’t like trainers that are too high-tech – you know, those made with colourful space-age material, aerodynamic shape, computer-engineered soles and all that. I just want a pair of old skool sneakers. ‘Sneakers’ must be an old fashioned word – my spell-check tells me it doesn’t exist!
I know exactly what I want from my new pair. I’d prefer if they were low-tech canvas or hemp. They need to be black all over, I don’t like black uppers with thick white sidewalls. This kind of style is so They can be worn with jeans, skirt or dress – really versatile.
I usually prefer the look of Pumas over other brands. However, I’m tempted by the £90 Nikes – they’re completely customisable. You can choose the material; the colour of the base, quarter, swoosh, laces, outsole and sidewalls; style of the tongue… you can even have customised text printed to the underside of the tongue!
- Old Skool Lite: £55, Vans
- Suede Classic+ trainers: £58, Puma
- Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski iD skateboarding shoe: £90, Nike
I took my first Christmas shopping trip into Manchester city centre yesterday. I was mainly looking for warm winter clothes for Justin, but I managed to have a little browse at a few things for me as well. Before the weather begins to get too cold, I want to make sure I get myself a new pair of black thermal leggings to wear under my waterproof trousers while I’m out walking.
I popped into Marks & Spencer and made a beeline for the escalator up to the ladies’ underwear department. They had a very good selection of thermal socks, tops and bottoms. I had a feel of their cashmere blend leggings… so soft and warm! Cashmere is a brilliant material for thermals, it’s very soft – softer than sheep’s wool (which makes me itch if it comes into direct contact with my skin for too long), it provides excellent insulation, it’s lightweight and it’s a natural material. Everything you need for a winter base-layer – it’s the choice that I’ve gone with!
Thermal leggings have had a 21st century high tech treatment. They’re all about Heatgen™, Thermolactyl and Isotherms and their ‘heat retention technology’. It reminds me of the kind of terms used by laundry detergent and cosmetics companies in their TV and magazine ads!
- Isotherm women’s brushed leggings – black: £4.99, Mountain Warehouse
- AUTOGRAPH Heatgen™ thermal leggings with cashmere: £25, Marks & Spencer
- Thermolactyl grade 4 long pant: £32, Damart
It’s dark, dramatic all black for this week’s Home Tones. And we’ve chosen images where walls, floors and ceilings are incorporated into the scheme. It creates a cocoon or womb-like space that envelops the occupant. Spotlights and mood lighting have the perfect backdrop to look their best.
There are a wide range of highlight colours that work well. Our personal favourite are those mustard yellows, tan leathers, blonde woods and wicker. It’s also a great colour to display artwork against. Black & white photos sit very nicely – and bold flashes of colour have real impact – a huge abstract oil painting springs to mind. All in all, it’s one of our absolute favourite interior looks.
You’d be hard pressed to open an interiors magazine today without being presented with rooms bedecked in nearly black. It’s a recent favourite, especially in wall coverings. Farrow and Ball’s Railings must be the most famous deep grey paint colour on the market right now.
If you don’t wish to be that bold, you can test the waters by using it as an accent colour – in furniture, soft furnishings and lighting. It’s just the best colour for showing off brass, blond & chestnut coloured woods, yellows, lime green, blood red, teal and shades of white.
It works so well when hit by shafts of natural daylight and is quite magical by night too, lit softly by lamps or the flickering flames of real fires and candles.
All the photos that we’ve featured here prove that nearly black can work successfully in any room of the house. Go on, embrace the darkness! 🙂