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Today on Rae Elizabeth Design, I’m giving you a special post from a good friend and design blogger, Lauren Ashley. Lauren is the blogger and designer behind Lauren Ashley Design, she works with 3-D renderings to bring a beautiful space to life, and I’ve gotta say, she is great at what she does!

Let’s see what Lauren has to say about taking the leap on high contrast kitchens…

Within Modern farmhouse design, black is the neutral. Some might be a little scared to apply the high contrast color all over their cabinets or buy large light fixtures matted in dark charcoal. Today we are going over why black, and shades of it are nothing to be scared of. This simplistic and modern design trend is taking the design world by storm as people move towards a more minimalist look to the popular farmhouse trend. Today, we are going to look at ways you can incorporate this trend and update or redo your kitchen! Don’t be scared! Black and white is the classiest pair of them all!

Can Make a Large Space Feel More

When working with an open kitchen/living room space often you’re found with an abundance of space. This space is left empty and cold feeling at times. By adding black to your kitchen island or bottom cabinets you’re able to instantly warm the space up!

PRO TIP: When implementing black into a large space don’t be afraid to utilize the black as a “zone creator”. This creates intimacy throughout the space. Create zones in your kitchen by painting the island black or using statement appliances like matte black finish pieces.

Provide Texture to the Space

If you don’t want to commit to black cabinets you can add some amazing monochromatic texture to the space by adding a black and white, or grey, backsplash to your kitchen.

Pro Tip : Don’t always go with your typical subway tile, try to incorporate some patterns throughout the space. If budget is a concern, find a unique backsplash you like and place it just where the stove is located.

Bring in Statement Lighting

Lighting can make all the difference in a space. Don’t be afraid of it!

Often in a kitchen space, we are afraid of too much lighting or not enough. Go for it all! Bring in those oversized pieces. The larger pieces will actually make your space seem larger. For example: In the picture above, naturally, you might have gone with a much smaller pendant but oddly enough the large pendant brings height to the small space making it seem larger.

It’s time to accessorize and add furniture!

In high contrast kitchens, I suggest keeping your barstools, dining furniture, and accessories minimal. Make sure you are using clean lines and let the work you put in speak for itself. You have beautiful cabinets and lighting to show it off! Bring in some stunning mid-century-inspired bar stools paired with a little greenery and you’re done!

My Favorite Places to Shop for Kitchen Decor

  • CB2 
  • Wayfair 
  • West Elm 
  • Target

By using these 4 simple tips on creating a high contrast kitchen, you’ll be able to welcome your guest with a classic look!

Black and white kitchens are all the rage right now, but let’s be honest monochromatic never goes out of style. Now go have fun this weekend bringing your modern farmhouse dreams to life!



Lauren Brantley, Lauren Ashley Design

Lauren started her career as an e-designer in college. She transitioned her company into a DVA services business, assisting other designers, architects, and contractors quickly growing a strong clientele. Her heart’s passion is rendering but what makes her DVA business different is marketing strategies. Lauren truly believes in the power of marketing your business as a DVA or interior designer is the way to success.

Over recent years, Lauren has become proficient in graphic design tools like Canva and Photoshop and she is ready to share what she has learned with you! She uses these tools daily in her life as a DVA, with her design clients and her personal projects. Helping you build a professional visual presentation to stand apart from the rest is what she lives for.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication Design, and beginning her Ph.D. in Strategic Media. With over 5 years under her belt in the E-design industry, she knows what it takes for your graphics and designs to catch the eye of your ideal client.

Contact her today for questions or 1:1 training.

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