Kitchen design is taking a new turn for the new year. Black countertops, open shelves, glass-front cabinets, and darker paint tones are becoming extremely popular with homeowners.

Glass-front cabinets and open shelving help serve the aesthetics of the kitchen. You can put your best dinnerware on display for everyone to see, while still keeping it locked safely away or out of reach. Darker paint tones can go on the walls or can be used as accents. Blacks, deep brown, dark reds, and rich coppers are extremely popular.

While black countertops are an attractive and streamlined look, they can be hard to incorporate into the kitchen without overtaking everything else. To help integrate the harsh black color into your kitchen, try using a different finish to soften the look. Start experimenting with a black stone that is honed or has a leather finish – this gives it a wood-grain effect which is warmer to the eye. However, full stone slabs can be expensive. Granite can achieve a similar look that is just as appealing.

It is also helpful to accessorize appropriately to complement the look. Make sure to vary materials – mix white pottery or ceramics with stainless steel, and use furniture pieces such as bar stools to help utilize more of the space. Use colorful fabrics with black accents to brighten up the space but also tie everything together. Finally, play around with the white and black color palette. Utilize different shades of grey to lighten up the kitchen but maintain a streamlined and cohesive look.