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Sophie Edwards

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones' simple kitchen cabinet color is a masterclass in balance and contrast

Catherine zeta jones and michael douglas.

The black and white kitchen will never go out of style. The traditional look is endlessly on-trend, no matter how long it has been around. There are countless examples proving this theory, but Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones's kitchen is one of the chicest we've seen.

The actor power couple's kitchen features classic white cabinets with gold hardware. Their backsplash is made up of white subway tiles, and the countertops are matte black stone. In front of the cabinets, a glossy black circular table and organically shaped chairs boldly contrast the rest of the space.

Rather than being an interior design trend, the white kitchen idea is grounded in classic design history. Interior designers are in love with the simple but elegant style.

'This kitchen cabinet combination works so well because it fulfills so many basic principles of good design, like balance, contrast and emphasis,' states Guia Guidi Filippi, principal designer at her Dallas-based interior design studio. The color opposites reflect off of one another, making both shades look more dramatic. Balance comes in through the careful equilibrium between black and white; an abundance of white with touches of black makes the room feel bright and contemporary, rather than crowded and dark.

Douglas and Zeta-Jones's kitchen color combination is also popular for its versatility. Filippi continues, 'It’s applicable to kitchens across so many design styles from rustic to transitional and modern, depending on the cabinetry details and other elements in the space. By adding other layers, like wood floating shelves or a vintage-inspired range, you can make this classic look entirely bespoke.'

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

Aside from the built-in elements of the couple's kitchen, the decorative accents and furniture complement the space. Filippi says, 'Placing a black table in a kitchen with these elements further grounds the space and is be a nice contrast to the cabinetry.' Jennifer Ebert, color expert at Homes & Gardens adds: 'The organic lines of the countertop sculpture and open back chairs artfully mix with the clean straight lines of the countertops and subway tiles adding visual interest to the space.'

Shop the Black and White Kitchen Edit

If you're looking for a timeless scheme that will never age, a black and white kitchen is the perfect match. The style relies on tried and true design principles like balance, contrast, and rhythm. For the ideal example, look no further than Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones's kitchen.

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