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Add natural textures and a bit of bling to make a black and white kitchen anything but boring.

Monochrome magic

Simple, classically beautiful and easy to style, there's plenty to love about a black-and-white kitchen colour scheme. There are also loads of ways to lift this classic palette into something out of the ordinary; a twist on the usual tile layout, layers of texture or a dash of bling can elevate a monochrome kitchen into a showstopper.

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Character cabinets

Shaker-style cabinets, like Kaboodle's Alpine profile cabinet doors, are universally appealing and work beautifully in almost any home, from a period charmer to a completely new one. “This house is a new build but I wanted it to have character,” explains homeowner Hazel.

Layer in more detail with glass-panelled cabinets overhead or a glass door leading to a pantry or adjoining room – Hazel lent her modern kitchen a dash of farmhouse charm with a Corinthian French door for the pantry, which offers a glimpse of well-organised shelves within.

Natural textures

Timber elements add warmth to a black-and-white colour scheme; add in timber flooring or benchtops or in smaller accent pieces, like floating shelves. Where solid timber isn't practical, timber laminate or timber-look vinyl are good substitutes that give the same visual effect; the flooring used here is actually a high-grade timber-look laminate.

Greenery works wonders to enliven a monochrome kitchen and it's as simple as adding a pot plant or two; this kitchen features benchtop herbs and a flourishing devil's ivy, which trails from the top of the cabinets almost to the floor.

 

Make a splash

The splashback tiles have been laid in a herringbone pattern, which is a great example of how to take a budget-friendly product and give it an upmarket spin that turns it into a real statement feature.

Though the tiles are an economical buy, the layout is pricier than the usual brick-style subway layout, due to the number of angled cuts required. “The tiles weren't overly expensive – we spent more on labour here,” Hazel explains.

Opt for metallics

The trend for warm metallic finishes, like brass, in tapware is a boon for anyone looking at a monochrome kitchen. Tapware and door knobs and pulls in brushed brass lend warmth and a high-fashion edge to the simple design – and best of all, these are the easiest elements to replace down the track if your tastes change.

Prefer all black everything?

Take inspiration from this single-colour kitchen and check out how to make an all-black scheme work.

Photography credit: Sue Stubbs and James Moffatt

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.