Black kitchen cabinets have been trendy for awhile now and you don't have to be scared of them. It's still a neutral color but it's also a lot different from the basic white cabinetry. Here are a few tips for decorating with black kitchen cabinets to work with all different design styles.
Black cabinets really work well in modern and contemporary design. You'll really want to keep things simple so that you drive home this design style. You might want to eliminate the cabinet pulls altogether so the focus is on the straight lines of the cabinets. This will also save you a lot of money. In this kind of kitchen focus on contrast instead of rich finishes. Anything you put in this room such as an aqua colored mosaic glass tile will become an instant focal point.
If your house is short on storage space then you might want to bring in new cabinets that can act as pantries. An inexpensive way to do this is with the use of china cupboards or old hutches. This can also make your room feel old world or country depending on how you style it. A bank of china cabinets can totally change how you use the room but also gives an eclectic air. The new cabinetry can be black and leave your old cabinetry white or it's natural wood tone. Then you'll need to add in artwork that combines both of these colors.
You might be worried that a dark color will be too overwhelming but that doesn't mean that you have to kiss black kitchen cabinets goodbye. Instead, find ways to break up the solid masses of color. Install under cabinet lights to brighten things up. Try putting a fabric or wallpaper treatment in the middle of the doors. For a French Country look this could involve a black and white toile that will tie all of your paint colors together. You could even paint a few of the cabinet doors with chalkboard paint and then use it as a place to write your menu. (Just don't forget which doors have the special paint on them). Another option is to have a professional cut out the middle of your door and put in glass. For a traditional kitchen try a window pane design but for modern design go with sleek frosted glass.
When you hate your cabinetry it's easy to be tempted into an "everything must go" approach. This means that you can spend tens of thousands of dollars on a single remodel. Instead, use black kitchen cabinets as a way to redo your kitchen and make a big impact without spending a lot of money.
Make black kitchen cabinets look traditional. You might think that this color isn't right for you simply because you don't like modern design. You can even make this style country if you sand down the edges of the painted doors to let the natural wood show through. For a more classic design style try beefing up your cabinetry by installing crown molding on top. Then you can either paint or stain the cabinets black. Keep the rest of the room bright white, include the countertops and floors.