Last week, Zillow Digs’ Home Design Trend Report for 2014 revealed that black countertops, open shelves or glass-front cabinets, and darker paint tones will be popular with homeowners next year. This one-of-a-kind report depends on actual homeowners to identify trends and includes a survey of the Zillow Digs Board of Designers, a group of design experts from across the country.
To learn a few tips for incorporating black countertops into a home remodel, we asked Zillow Digs Board of Designers member and celebrity design consultant Adam Hunter of Los Angeles how homeowners can pull off this bold and sophisticated look.
Tip 1: Try a different finish
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Hunter recommends experimenting with black stone that is “honed or has a leather finish for a wood grain effect.” Because full stone slabs can be expensive, homeowners can get a similar look with absolute granite that is just as beautiful. For a more daring look that will take you all the way back to the glamorous ‘20s, try black granite with white flecks.
Tip 2: Use the same materials in the laundry room
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“Black counters are very conducive to laundry rooms,” Hunter says. So whether you’re on a budget and have extra materials, or looking to redo your whole house, try transitioning your black counters to the laundry room for a sophisticated and clean look that will create a cohesive theme throughout the home.
Tip 3: Accessorize to soften the look
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Hunter advises homeowners to be “careful with your accessories” and vary materials. Mix white pottery or ceramic fixtures with stainless steel, and use furniture pieces such as bar stools to soften the space for a more comfortable look. “Use fabric that incorporates stripes with a little black to tie everything together,” Hunter adds. This will bring “lightness and a little more color” to your space.
Tip 4: Experiment with grays and neutrals
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“I believe a space that you should be clean in, should feel clean,” Hunter says. Try incorporating “dove grays or neutrals” for a beautiful soft look that will lighten the kitchen. Painted cabinets are also a great way to add warmth to the space. “For a big risk, you can always try black on black,” but Hunter warns that it’s not a look for everyone.