The Big Debate – Black vs White Kitchens

It used to be, that the preferred choice for the majority of kitchens was white. Especially if re-sale was a consideration. It would be much more likely to appeal to a wider market and make selling a property easier. White kitchens also look clean and fresh, and in the past were much easier to match to appliances – they weren’t called white goods for nothing!

But things have changed. The fashion now for open plan living and the availability of integrated appliances (see Amica for a vast range) and appliances in black has resulted in a sea-change where kitchens are concerned. It’s now very on-trend to go dark.

So what are the pros and cons?

Amica [1]


  • Will never go out of fashion and has universal appeal.
  • Easy to clean and always looks fresh.
  • Easy to match to white goods if you are not incorporating integrated appliances.
  • Suits contemporary and traditional homes equally.

Amica [2]


  • Suits contemporary homes much more, especially open plan ones.
  • Looks sleek and stylish.
  • Looks less like a kitchen and more like a living space which is good if you have to eat and entertain in the same room.
  • Easy to match to today’s ‘black’ goods.

And of course, you don’t have to choose between black and white at all. Why not create a scheme that incorporates both and which is probably the best solution if you want your home to look modern but not too contemporary? It’s also the best solution for adding your own personality and style to a kitchen design.

Amica [3]

Black and White

  • Pair black cupboards with a white marble worktop. Or indeed, a black marble worktop with white cupboards.
  • Use a combination of black and white cupboards. White wall cupboards with black floor cupboards looks great.
  • Create interest with black and white patterned tiles. As a splashback or on the floor.
  • Choose black and white accessories to finish it all off.

This post has been sponsored by Amica who produce a whole range of stylish, modern, energy-efficient household appliances including freestanding and integrated cookers, ovens, fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, cooker hobs and microwaves.



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