This transitional kitchen has two skylights for added natural light. It features an oversize island and black IKEA cabinets stretching from the rustic hardware floor up to the ceiling. Two globe pendant lights provide illumination for the space.
This chic open plan kitchen features a white subway tile backsplash paired with flat-front black cabinets and stainless steel appliances. A peek down the nearby hallway shows off the light oak floors that are used throughout.
Black cabinets can add to visually compress the size of a space -- but not as used here. Since white cabinets are used on top, there's a balance of light and dark. Lovely windows and pale wood floors also add to the sense of brightness in the space.
Charcoal-colored walls and black hardwood floors make a dramatic statement in this Art deco living room. White accents stand out in stark contrast. A graphic black and white rug defines the seating area, and a pair of modern metal chairs offer seating for conversation or TV viewing.
The floors are a darker shade of walnut than the walls and ceilings in the bathroom of this loft guest suite above a horse stable. The honed, black granite against the lighter wood tones was selected by the designer to achieve a simple and elegant feel, which also grounded the space visually. A copper tub and sink blend with the color scheme while adding a touch of sheen.
Black paint on the hardwood floors of this petite bedroom make a dramatic statement in the small space without being too overwhelming. On the side wall, a narrow shelf serves to display artwork and collectibles.
A large sliding glass door brings sunlight into this bright, country bedroom. A cream comforter features a subtle pattern softening the look of the black metal bed frame. A contemporary red chair and green lamp bases add touches of color to the wood and neutral base.
Large windows allow natural light to illuminate this staircase, showing off the natural hardwood and cable railing. A contemporary chandelier with glass globes hangs above, while framed black and white photograph is featured in the landing.
Don’t forget the floor. In this kitchen, a black-and-white carpet runner matches the plates and dishes on display in the cabinets above. A small area rug with a pattern or palette that matches your dinnerware is a simple and easy way to create a cohesive look in your kitchen. Designer Michelle Mentzer says another go-to styling choice is to add a plant or flowers for a bit of greenery.
The second story looks over the high, open living space for a connected and spacious look. The rich wood floor tone adds a warm color against the cool beige walls. Industrial black handrails are connected with wire railing for a perfect contemporary finish.