Black and white kitchens – a classic that always stands the test of time.

There’s a reason that people talk about basic black and the simplicity of white – it’s because no matter which other colors enjoy their season in the sun, these two staples always stand the test of time. Yet far from feeling old fashioned, the latest variations on this perennial theme for kitchens are an ideal fit for industrial modern homes. Here’s a look at some of the key pieces that make the look come together.

Sleek cabinets

We’ve seen white 80s style cabinets that tend to flake and yellow over time and whitewashed cabinets that work well with country and traditional décor. The newest white cabinets feature glossy lacquered wood or metal surfaces and sleek profiles that provide a contemporary twist. Although more rare, black cabinets in the same shiny materials with modernized profiles can make a dramatic statement – particularly when used in an island to provide contrast.

High contrast surfaces

To complement these new shiny cabinets, you need a sleek surface. In lieu of the concrete surfaces that started this look, Absolute Black granite is making a comeback, as are some of the composite surfaces that marry the beauty of natural stone with the ease of clean up and maintenance.

Blingy backsplashes

If you are opting for a basic color palette, you need to spice it up with a dash of texture. A great place to do just that is in your backsplash. Instead of traditional tile, glass backsplashes in shades of milky white with marble or black accents add another level of depth and shine to a kitchen. If you must add a splash of color, this a great place to do so in an understated fashion that won’t overpower the rest of the kitchen.

Flashy faucets

When it comes to fixture finishes, why stray from your palette? Satin black faucets in modern industrial styles look far more polished and natural in a black and white kitchen then metallic options (and much more upscale than white). Consider one like Danze’s “Foodie” pullout spray faucet with its exposed spring. By showcasing the mechanisms that are typically hidden, faucets like this fit in beautifully with the industrial modern aesthetic.

Enlightened lighting

Complete the black and white look with industrial inspired lighting fixtures. Here, a throwback to an earlier age adds a modern flair. (Think of how sophisticated an Edison bulb looks in a modern lamp.) Consider something like Craftmade’s Design a Fixture Down Light Pendants that combine gears in the base and retro bulbs in a distinctively modern look. For a touch of feminine glamour that’s still in keeping with the look, add some black industrial mesh, as Fredrick Ramond’s Fiona drum pendant does. (Both fixtures available in Charlotte through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.)

With a little creativity and the latest designs, your kitchen can take the lasting style of basic black and white well into the next decade.