2014 Kitchen Trend: Dramatic Black Counters

Last week, Zillow Digs’ Home Design Trend Report for 2014 revealed that black countertops, open shelves or glass-front cabinets, and darker paint tones will be popular with homeowners next year. This one-of-a-kind report depends on actual homeowners to identify trends and includes a survey of the Zillow Digs Board of Designers, a group of design experts from across the country.

To learn a few tips for incorporating black countertops into a home remodel, we asked Zillow Digs Board of Designers member and celebrity design consultant Adam Hunter of Los Angeles how homeowners can pull off this bold and sophisticated look.

Tip 1: Try a different finish

Hunter recommends experimenting with black stone that is “honed or has a leather finish for a wood grain effect.” Because full stone slabs can be expensive, homeowners can get a similar look with absolute granite that is just as beautiful. For a more…

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