One look at kitchen inspiration over the last five years and there will be one colour that truly stands out, anthracite. It has been used across different styles, shapes and applications all across the kitchen spectrum.
With more providers choosing to use this colour in their kitchen displays and offerings, we at Stefano De Blasio Kitchens & interiors wanted to give you a few ideas – after all, we’ve been installing a lot of these colours in the last half decade and we still think that it looks stunning to this day!
What colour is anthracite?
Anthracite is from the grey colour family. Arguably the most luxurious grey that can be found as it captures all the grey tones in a spectrum but in lower light can appear like a deep blue and in direct light, a soft warmer grey.
What colour does anthracite work well with?
Anthracite is a colour that contrasts beautifully with some very specific colours. You can go with stark contrasts such as limestone, white and cream or you could do something a little more nuanced such as light green, mussel, cashmere or even blush – a new colour exclusive to the SDB Kitchens range.
How can anthracite be used in my kitchen?
With every kitchen it starts with design. Having design that answers crucial elements such as countertop space or storage is the first part. This is the layout and an experienced designer is the best place to help you here.
The second part is how the kitchen will work with natural light and artificial offerings.
The final part is how the kitchen door style will work with your property and with the final look and feel of your kitchen space.
We will focus on the last two pieces as this is where colour impacts the most. (although we will cover a bit from the first section at the end)
Natural & artificial light
This is really important for any colour kitchen but, when it comes to darker kitchens it can be the overall deciding factor in what is the final colour choice.
For natural lighting you need to consider how many hours of the day you will have light in the room and if you are going to get natural light in the kitchen at all. For darker colours, you really need a lot of light to make the room seem less, encroached. What we mean by this is that darker colours such as anthracite have a habit of making rooms look smaller when it is the primary colour.
This is where artificial lighting helps. If you set your kitchen up with artificial lights (at Stefano De Blasio Kitchens we install L.E.D strips under wall units and in the skirting at the bottom in especially dark rooms) then you need them to work in your favour in low light conditions.
Pendulum lights and spotlights in the corner of the room bring visibility, a focus point and warmth but choosing the right warmth against a darker colour is also critical. Too warm and you wash out colour, too cold and you bring a strong sense of artificial light into the room.
Balance your kitchen colour with natural and artificial light. If you’re not sure, ask your kitchen designer for advice.
Some door styles lend themselves to modern colours better than others. Anthracite has been around since the 1970s but it has finally found a home in the 2010s!
Some door styles really lend themselves, in our opinion the letterbox door (pictured above), the beaded shaker and the inset handleless cover all bases in this kitchen colour. You have a mixture of traditional, contemporary and des res in these selections.
You want to be sure however that you are finding a door style that works in your home as well. If you have a very traditional style of house, installing something super modern may not fit overall with the stylings; this is where colour can play a part.
Colour in this last case is essential to blend old and new and picking one or two or even three colours to bring highlights into the room and a door style that can carry off these selections will help blend all elements together at the same time.
Design and colour
One of the things you may want to consider is how colour can be used in the layout and design of your kitchen. For example going mixed and matched works great for many different styles of property.
But have you considered how anthracite for example could be used on base units or an island unit and tall housing whilst using one of the contrasting colours instead for the rest? This means you can get creative with layout as you are breaking up the kitchen with colour and design features that maximise your layout.
Some further inspiration
You can find our Pinterest board here with all anthracite based colour kitchens on show.
These are just some we wanted to highlight as we thought they worked really well and can be used as inspiration for your new kitchen.
This modern style captures anthracite in a unique setup. In a small environment, it works to showcase the space and contrasts with the other modern furniture in the room.
This germanic style kitchen works by blending the modern look and feel with, light walls, light flooring, artificial light lots of natural light and white tops. Overall this makes the kitchen look fresh and open for visitors to see the whole space. (Notice how there aren’t wall units…)
Again, the letterbox door exclusive to Stefano De Blasio Kitchens & Interiors in Chester. This shows how mixing and matching the bottom units with something lighter on top and darker in the tall housing can really provide a constrast in the kitchen. Finally the door style makes it stand out as equally tradition in a shaker setting but new with the letterbox handles.
That is the guide to anthracite kitchens, what do you think we’d love to know.
If you want to learn more or have a call out from Stefano De Blasio Kitchens & Interiors for your new anthracite kitchen, get in touch below.