Is it here to stay?
Black is a traditional and timeless colour. As long as your kitchen design is compatible with a vast amount of dark rich colour it should stand the test of time.
Once you go black
THE GREAT STUFF
Black is a colour that emulates formality, richness and depth. It is a traditional colour that is timeless. It works with a variety of kitchen designs such as; country, farm-style, modern, industrial and traditional.
If you go with a full black kitchen, black cabinetry, black bench tops and even black walls you should ensure that you have plenty of natural light. Black absorbs light and therefore you need to provide a lot more natural light than you would for any other colour. You can minimise the amount of light required by using a semi gloss finish, this reflects just enough light to strike the right balance in your new kitchen.
Even though black kitchens are better suited to open plan spaces, you can use a black kitchen to achieve the same result as a little black dress. You can make your kitchen space appear slim and sleek using black on black on black. Don't forget the natural light though, this is even more important in a confined kitchen space. You can also use artificial light to accent your rich dark finishes.
To compliment your very black kitchen design you can feature a warming or cosy wooden floor or a pop of colour in the form of pendant lights or some funky bar stools. This can break up the black just enough to maximise its dramatic effect.
If you are featuring open shelves just be aware that these can either set off your black kitchen or add to its demise. Make sure you add to the attraction of your design using just the right style and displaying just the right items.
THE NOT SO GREAT STUFF
Just as the slimming little black dress effect can accentuate your black kitchen it can also make it disappear. This can be particularly unpleasant if you have selected a lighter colour for your top cabinets. It can give the affect of a top heavy kitchen.
You need tonnes of natural light, without it your kitchen space will become dark and gloomy and it will not be a fun place to cook.
Get out your cloth and permanently attach it to your hand, black kitchen cabinets always appear dirty. They attract and show up water, dust and soap marks. If you are already in the habit of regularly wiping down your kitchen then this may not be a deal breaker for you.
Lastly, black on black on black kitchens require a high level of design skill to work with the allocated space and natural light. This is not the time to DIY.