Kitchen trends come and go. One day kitchen remodel ideas are in, the next they are out. Tuxedo kitchens have been around a long time but called by some other name. As the dressy namesake suggests, there is a contrast of colors – black and white, light and dark – and the result should feel simple, elegant and timeless.
Usually the contrasting colors are in blocks of light or dark. Darker shades are usually used for the lower cabinets and lighter shades for the upper ones. There is often then a pop of color to contrast with this – almost like the pocket square in the tuxedo pocket.
The color could be in the island or on the walls, but large and bold rather than just in smaller accessories. You see this look in some of the bright kitchens of the 1950s and 60s.
GO FOR CONTRAST
Enhance the contrast that a tuxedo kitchen creates with displays of collectibles that are monochromatic. Imagine different shaped white ceramics against black built-in units, with an internal light to fully show them off. Lovely!
KEEP IT MINIMAL
Keep your kitchen minimal, not overly busy to allow your color blocks to be the star of the show. Keep the counters clear to be easy on the eye.
A high contrast kitchen demands good lighting to heighten the drama. Install layered lighting that will work for entertaining and performing tasks.
KEEP THE BACKSPLASH LIGHT
To prevent your contrasting kitchen from veering too far to the dark side, use white tiles for your backsplash. This will keep your space light and bright.