Are you looking for a way to bring classic simplicity to your kitchen without seeming too out of step with today’s modern looks? There’s one reliable way to bring classicism and spunk all at once to your kitchen: Go black and white!
Black and white comes in many flavors and there are tons of opportunities to bring the stark graphic feel to a kitchen and either dial it up a bit or tone it down according to the effect you’re seeking.
Let’s check it out.
While the kitchen above retains a very classic feel using black and white subway tiles, a classic terrazzo-style black and white speckled floor and a stainless steel, commercial grade stove, it still has a modern vintage feel. The kitchen below, however, uses black and white in an unmistakably modern way by going with modern cabinetry and a striking modern organically-shaped island. All the drama comes in the black and white tiled backsplash that retains a kind of Ikat look.
The kitchen below is totally classic. From the Carrara marble backsplash to the window-paned cabinetry boasting beautiful mouldings to the black and white tile floor (the white in the floor picks up on the marble backsplash) this kitchen speaks of Old World elegance that will never go out of style.
And speaking of black and white tile floors, you can absolutely never go wrong with them. Retro but so now! The kitchen below keeps everything white and simple, to allow the floors to carry the show.
Are you looking for something even more dramatic than the black and white linoleum look? What about kitchen cabinetry painted black? The subway tiles inside the cabinets and the naked light bulbs make this kitchen feel completely on-trend:
Below is an equally dramatic black and white kitchen:
If you are a serious lover of drama, try using only black cabinets in a white room:
Not really feeling that much black? One easy way to get a crisp graphic look is by incorporating a black island into a white kitchen:
And what about bringing black and white in through unexpected elements. In the kitchen below, a chalkboard functions as the one graphic element that plays nicely against the white counters and cabinets. The wall of black cabinets adds modern chic.
So there you have it — black and white is one of the easiest solutions if you are unsure what kind of look or color you’d like to use in your kitchen. It’s simple, it’s easy, it always works. Plus, you can easily incorporate a third bright color such as red or yellow to really make things pop. We say, go for it!
Overlooking Lake Furnas in Minas Gerais, Mutabile Arquitetura have built a vacation home that provides the perfect viewing platform.
Diners look directly out over the peaceful view from the center of the large family home.
The pool extends out from the center of a long building housing bedrooms on both sides.
Local stone slab walls and deep red stucco walls mark the private bedroom wings to each side of the central pool.
Stone slabs walls provide a real textural contrast.
A cozy smaller interior living room, faced in the stone slabs, is set to one side of the central pool.
The large family is housed to one side of the pool, while guest bedrooms are lined up along the opposite side.
The sun is to the opposite side from the view, cooling the interior.
Along the back corridor along both wings, the bedrooms can also be approached under a glass roof.
Pebbles and concrete suggest that this corridor is outdoors.
What could have been dark corridors along the bedroom wings is sky lit, sharply delineating the gritty texture of the stone.
This long winding sky light marks the path throughout the circulatory bedroom wings.
By contrast, textures in the central social areas around the pool are polished, smooth and cool.
The indoor-outdoor pool with its overhead doors in metal and glass can only be closed to above the water level, so this home works only in a temperate climate like Brazil.
This is a wonderful vacation home that houses 12, for the family and their many guests to enjoy.
Architects Hérard & da Costa have created a casual industrial chic barn home for a young family near in Neuville-sur-Seine.
The children have the unusual experience of growing up in a home that feels more like an industrial nursery garden than a house.
The entire length of one side is enclosed in a generous earth-floored porch of polycarbonate sheeting.
This generous unheated porch area can be open or closed for outdoor play even on rainy days.
On the other side the barn-like building is clad in soft and warm corrugated fibro cement.
This material echoes the farm buildings nearby but also continues the corrugation of the clear polycarbonate.
A kids pool for summer fun has a no nonsense feel to it.
Inside, a glass clerestory window to the central roof peak separates the heated living space from the porch side.
This living area is heated, unlike the enclosed porch side.
The family bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs along a sky way corridor.
Throughout, the home has an unconventional but child-friendly vibe.
From Brazilian studio mk27 comes this urbane tropical pavilion style home in the heart of São Paulo, Brazil.
Casa Toblerone boxes its two floors sandwiched between two thick slabs of concrete.
Upstairs, a wood box enclosed in wooden screens lies deep within the roof footprint.
This screened top floor appears to hover over an open pavilion supported on pillars underneath.
In fact, this ground floor is a glass box encasing a smaller ‘wooden box’ inside.
The retractable screens of slender wooden slats serve as a backdrop for the vegetation’s shadows during the day, and the play of lights by night.
And in places, it is fully open air, creating a shady spot to rest in the tropical heat of Brazil.
Here, the sunlight is filtered through the leaves and two hanging fire pits become a focal point as night draws on.
By night, the glass enclosure can be seen.
Several trees have been saved and given a spot to continue their growth upward.
A simple ‘exterior’ stair connects the two floors within the vitreous case.
Upstairs, bedrooms are secluded behind the slim slats of the wooden screens that allow breezes to play within.
These screens have a cooling effect in the tropical climate.
A narrow computer room is a quiet space separate from the living room.
Here, the glass envelope disappears, so that working indoors is almost like being outside in the garden.
In Casa Toblerone, studio mk27 have created a clearly defined, simple statement.
Earlier this month, we wrote about tiny homes. It turns out that tiny homes, often portable, are sweeping the globe. This version is slightly larger than many we saw earlier, but it’s still small enough to edge into the tiny house territory. ÁBATON’s Portable Home ÁPH80 project was developed as a dwelling ideal for 2 people, easily transported by road and ready to be placed almost anywhere. Take a look:
The interior is chic, modern and simple. Light oak gives the room a sense of light and warmth. A sliding glass door opens up the interior directly to the outdoors, expanding the space:
A view of the bedroom:
A closer look at the exterior. All doors and windows can be closed off by the exterior material so that the house can be wrapped up tight like a box:
Here’s how the house can move around:
Modern, minimal, warm, sustainable — we love this home!