A good tuxedo kitchen feels like it's as put together and elegant as it's namesake. They make me think of Old Hollywood at home - does anyone else like Nick & Nora Charles?
It's also a great way to get the airy look of a kitchen with no upper cabinets - but keep the upper cabinets! Open shelves are great, unless you really need to store your things away from light, dust, and cooking oil.
Just a few simple tweaks to the classic black and white design will keep your tuxedo kitchen looking modern and fresh.
The elements of a GREAT tuxedo kitchen:
While black is a classic choice, deep blue is having a moment. Brass details are wonderful with a deep blue cabinet. If you are using multiple brass elements in one space, you want to pay close attention to the finishes to make sure they match. You will find aged brass, champagne brass, or polished brass among other options.
The beautiful rich wood floor keeps this kitchen from looking too cold. Hand scraped hardwood floors are resiliant - the texture hides any nicks or dings. Installing them with a moisture barrier between the wood and the subfloor should prevent water damage - but if you are worried, Luxury Vinyl Plank is another option.
Keep the contrast strong for maximum impact. Here slab white marble is used for the counter and backsplash. If marble is too much of an upkeep commitment for you, there are some great alternatives. Butcher block is another great choice, especially on a budget. Ideally you can put a harder material next to the stove and sink, and use butcher block for a lovely big island.
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