Elements Of A Tuxedo Kitchen


You may or may not have heard of a “tuxedo kitchen,” but the design concept contains all the same elements of it's namesake: black and white color scheme, classic and timeless style, as well as universal appeal both in its elegance as well as simplicity.

My clients hired me shortly after purchasing their Spanish Revival style home with a historical designation. The kitchen had been modernized from it's original 1920's charm and my clients wanted to add some of that charm back in. They were not ready for a full gut kitchen remodel so I suggested that we move forward with a tuxedo style kitchen.


I wanted to add a small eat in area to the kitchen so I had a custom storage banquette built and we repurposed a vintage table and it's now a cozy little corner to sit and have coffee or to enjoy a glass of wine while her husband prepares dinner.



Elements Of A Tuxedo Kitchen - Lower cabinets in classic black.

Black is a very classic color and it really helps ground the space. It can be used for the island, breakfast banquette, and other elements to make the whites of the Tuxedo Kitchen really shine.




Elements Of A Tuxedo Kitchen - Marble

Marble countertops and marble shelving are both on trend and timeless.



Elements Of A Tuxedo Kitchen - Upper cabinets in crisp white.

White upper cabinets are like the crisp starched shirt of an actual tuxedo. It looks clean and fresh and creates the perfect back drop for touches of color.



Elements Of A Tuxedo Kitchen - Open Shelving

Open shelving is the perfect opportunity to display collectibles and add little touches of color much like a bow tie and cummerbund do to a tuxedo.



Elements Of A Tuxedo Kitchen - Black Appliances

At the moment, the long-time popular stainless steel is taking a backseat to allow black appliances to have a moment. These black appliances are the perfect accoutrements to the tuxedo kitchen! They are also surprisingly easy to clean. And any trend that combines form and function is okay by me!



The Tuxedo Kitchen has become a very bold design choice this year. It’s a trend that provides a updated look with tried and true elements. Don’t be afraid to create a high-contrast design for your kitchen when you remodel. I am happy to walk you through the process just like I did with this client. Book us to help with your next kitchen project!


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