Using upper or lower halves of cabinets is normally the way to go when you are looking for contrasting elements in black cabinets. You also have a choice of using a granite countertop with black highlights. The granite countertop with black highlights offers you continuity. Granite countertop works brilliantly in a bigger space. Too much black in a smaller kitchen will create uninviting ambience.
Black cabinets are ideally suited for contemporary kitchen design. In contemporary kitchen design, there are not too many earth colors so black will create more impact. Black mixes up quite well with stainless appliances and white highlights. You can use white kitchen cabinets alone if you are interested in creating a very pure appeal. On the other hand, black cabinets are best used when it is mixed up with the other elements in the kitchen.
Black kitchen cabinets work great as the main basis for a contemporary kitchen theme, especially due to the fact that black is rarely found in the kitchen besides in some foods. Setting up a matching lamp or two or having a black and white tiled floor can really wow your guests and family members.
A kitchen is a place where people spend time cooking and relaxing and many times where the family comes together. Using black foreboding kitchen cabinets in a small kitchen can create an uncomfortable atmosphere and people will not want to even walk in there.
First things first - Now that you've decided on painting black kitchen cabinets, you'll need to prepare your cabinets properly. Make absolutely sure that they are clean of all dirt and grime by using a damp soft scrub or cloth. Taking on that built up grease may need an ammonia based cleaner, so be sure to ventilate the room properly whilst you're working. You'll want to be sure that you ventilate properly during the painting process as well. Should your kitchen cabinets have a glossy finish to them, it will be necessary to do a little bit of sanding, just to rough the surface up a bit. The rougher surface will be more likely to grab hold of the new paint. Also make sure that when you're done sanding you re-clean the cabinets with soap and water. Make sure that they are completely dry before taping and covering any edges where you don't want paint. Cover countertops, the floor, walls... Anything that is not to be painted black.
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