Cuisine Noire Inspiration – Black Kitchen Design
My Pinterest feed is full of farmhouse-style pins. It seems like having a home that looks like it belongs in the countryside is what everbody wants right now. How many DIY farmhouse tables, signs, lamps, windows, decor and furniture ideas do you see on the internet daily? It’s everywhere.
Then, there is my husband and I, building a house in the actual Italian countryside and we have absolutely NO intention of making it a country-style home. Rather, we want an urban-minimal modern home in the middle of the traditional Italian hills of Lombardia.
How did we decide on this style? Simple: Pinterest and Houzz. We saved ideas to books and boards, reviewed them together and trimmed down the selection until we started to see a pattern: minimal, linear, dark, wood, light concrete floors, exposed brick and accents of steel. The first design we wanted to tackle was the kitchen renovation. (If you’re re-doing your kitchen check out my Kitchen Renovation tips.) These were the top five Cuisine Noire design inspirations we chose:
Kitchen Design Offers – The Contenders
After having decided the style and layout of our kitchen, we took our ideas to six different Kitchen Design stores. Some were very detailed-oriented and wanted to know every idea that we had so that they could come up with a design that was closest to the ideas we had in mind. Others just wanted to know more or less the style we were going for and then proposed ideas that they thought were best. Out of six stores, two asked me what our budget was and one asked me when we were planning to have the construction finished by.
How to Deal with a Kitchen Designer
Know what you want
Decide the things that are non-negotiable and be firm about it. In my case, the colour and linear look of the kitchen, was non-negotiable.
Talk about traffic space
Space is so important in the kitchen. They have design programs where you can see the cabinets, doors and drawers open, which can give you an idea of the space you deal with when the kitchen is in use. Make sure to confirm if there is enough space in the high traffic areas for at least two people to pass.
Know your budget
Make sure the designer knows your budget as well so that they don’t waste time suggesting brands and appliances that are out of your reach.
Be open to changes
Remember that the interior designer has experience and will give you suggestions that will favour functionality. Unless your kitchen will remain a showroom, keep functionality a top priority over esthetics.
Don’t be afraid to say No
It’s your kitchen and not your designer’s. Be firm about your decisions and don’t feel bad because you are the one that will be using that kitchen at the end of the day. Also, don’t be afraid to say “no” to the other designers you were considering. Thank them for the initial project they proposed and politely decline their offer.