Kitchen Tour - A Black and White Blank Canvas


A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements.
I never thought I would be one to love a black and white room, but minutes after I started to put up the decor from our previous home in our new kitchen, I knew none of it would work. It was a lot of reds and yellows that worked in our last kitchen, but not this one. I'm sure I will eventually add some color, but as of right now, I'm really loving the classic black and white with a splash of rustic here and a splash of vintage there. I do plan on adding more rustic and vintage elements to the room because this is an open concept floor plan and we do have quite a few rustic and vintage elements in the living room.

I would love to hear what kind of ideas you all have for this room. It's a blank canvas right now and not even close to being complete so if you have ideas, opinions, or anything to inspire me, I would love to hear from you! Comment on this blog post, comment on Instagram, Facebook, or even send me an email!

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements. Right now I'm happy with the vintage style canvas subway sign wall hangings on either sides of the window. I picked them up for dirt cheap ($15 each) at the HOM Furniture store. In the future I was thinking of doing a black plate rack with white plates so if I do replace them, I will not feel so bad about the money I spent on them. I fell in love with the huge clock from Pier 1 and even though the numbers are more of a cream color, it still worked really well in the space. Especially since the subway signs are a similar color. 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements. The farm style table that I won at an Amish auction is pretty big and right now I have this galvanized tray filled with some items that are used daily. We don't eat at the table too often because the family prefers to eat at the island so moving the items off the table for meals has not been that big of deal. I've been searching for a table runner to soften the space up a bit. 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements. These throw rugs are the only colorful things in the room right now. If you are wondering why I have a rug in front of the refrigerator, it's because when the fridge dispenses water and ice, it's messy and splashes all over the floor. It doesn't soak the floor, but there were enough dribbles on the floor to drive me a little nuts. 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements. I was on the hunt for a tiered rack that would fit our drinking glasses but was unable to find one, so this white ceramic tray will have to do for now. Everyone in my family seems to be filling up water glasses all of the time so instead of storing the glasses in the cabinet, I keep them right out on the island where they are easily accessible. I'm also on the hunt for a runner for the island as well. 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements. Everything above the cabinets came from our previous home. I'm happy with the baskets, the sign, and the white ceramic pitchers. I do plan on adding more white pitchers but the clear glass jars I'm not too excited about. Those will probably be replaced as soon as I find something that works. I'm also searching for items to place inside the baskets. 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements.
For either side of the clock, I haven't decided if I want some sort of shelving (maybe the black plate rack with the white plates?) or possibly a very narrow sideboard. A black metal sideboard would be right up my alley, but the ones I have seen online are $1,000 or more and I don't shop like that. :) 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements.
I was not planning on doing any sort of window coverings on either window because we have gorgeous views. However, if you peek out this window, you can see that we are really high up. This window faces the morning sun and it can be so bright that it hurts your eyes to be at the kitchen sink or even use the stove because of the glare. My first instinct for a window covering would be a bamboo roman shade in a natural color. The bamboo will filter the light, but not completely block it. 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements. An extension of our kitchen is the panty just past this doorway on the left. The original plans for the house showed the room as a closet but I knew we would get better use out of the space if we made it into a pantry instead. I'm not one for leaving too much out on the counters. If the space feels cluttered, it never feels clean to me. Extending the counter space in the pantry allowed me to spread things out. 

A simple and clean black and white kitchen with rustic and vintage elements. The pantry  is completely bare right now. It's a narrow room so I will not be able to do much, but I would like to add some color and decor to the walls and the counter. The counter space is mostly used for my coffee maker and coffee mugs right now so I should probably make it a cute coffee station - even if I'm the only one in the house who drinks coffee. :) 

Thanks for coming along on my black and white blank canvas kitchen tour! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook and if you have any design or decor ideas that you want to share with me, please leave a comment or send an email or comment on social networking! I really love to hear from my readers! Plus, if you follow along, you'll be able to see what updates I make to the space! :) 


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1.0   K&B by the Sea
9/13/2015 9:06:14 AM
Your kitchen is definitely a great blank canvas! I think roman blinds would be a good option for your windows - it would give you the opportunity to add some pattern. And instead of black shelving, I would use rustic wood shelves on the walls, again to add some texture. And they would tie in nicely with your table. Maybe burlap shades on the chandelier, but it's nice as it is without shades. Good luck and have fun!
2.0   Shanice
9/14/2015 8:38:31 AM
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3.0   Jean
9/15/2015 3:57:21 PM
Hi Rose, I sure do miss your old website, but the more I go onto to your new website, I am really enjoying it! I enjoy your decorating ideas,crafts especially the owl wreath and also some of your recipes. I hope you are liking your new home and Minnesota, expect for the Vikings!!!! I was wondering if there is anyone in Wi. that does what you use to do. I miss your coupon data base and the Pickn'n Save weekly savings. Thanks Jean
4.0   Simply Suzan
9/16/2015 6:04:12 PM
It's beautiful exactly as it is - LOVE your artwork too !
5.0   Shelley @ Calypso in the Country
9/21/2015 7:18:28 AM
Your kitchen is beautiful! And thank you on the advice to paint my table white. I would have responded by email but your email came up as "no reply". That seems to happen when people are on Google plus. Just thought I would let you know. Love your blog - following on Instagram now! Shelley
6.0   Jeanne
9/30/2015 11:49:19 AM
What a gorgeous neutral space! It's not in the least bit boring or bland given the various textures & finishes. It's the perfect background for seasonal pops of color. Think of it this way...four seasons & palettes as well as holidays w/i the seasons - so many colors you'll never get bored! IMO I would not flank that fab clock with anything esp. shelves. As for a furniture piece below it, you're so crafty you could probably make an industrial-styled console using lumber, pipes & parts from HD or Lowe's or your local hardware store, and do a zinc or faux zinc painted top. How about a burlap runner on the table or a faux French stripe one? I made latter from off-white cotton muslin, painters tape and craft paint. I also like burlap as you can use Sharpies to pen a design or images. You know your family, but in my house a runner on an island might be a recipe for disaster with an end getting caught and pulled off, with everything on it hitting the floor! Have you considered a bread dough bowl or a tool/garden trug? How about a faux Roman shade over the sink to block the sun? I live in a circa 1880s home so smallish rooms and barely any closet space, but there are also pluses not the least of which it's nice and solid. Have fun decorating and thanks again for sharing.
7.0   Zografia
10/5/2015 1:17:14 AM
I am a big fan of black and white. That's a beautiful kitchen! The colors in our home so far were black, white, silver-grey and purple. This year i am leaving purple behind and replacing it with gold !I am loving it already!
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