Black Lacquer & Wood: Is This an Odd Combo?

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There's something about the handles on these kitchen cabinets that makes us think "1970s cabin in the Adirondacks." But then paired with the sexy black lacquer, they start to seem fresh. We're torn. Is this look cool? Or weird? (p.s. We're not torn about the breakfast nook, which is 100 percent fabulous. Take a look, below.)

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Gorgeous, right?

This kitchen is in a downtown Manhattan apartment that is traditional in a lot of ways—classic lighting, comfy, upholstered furniture in neutral tones, and a mix of antique and contemporary accessories. So when we clicked over to the kitchen, we were totally surprised. Classic, traditional homes usually have classic, traditional kitchens. We were expecting white marble countertops and subway tiles.

What gives? Well, this kitchen was renovated by the previous owners, and the current ones didn't change it. It was in perfect condition, and we think it works. Definitely unique, but as we've mentioned before, we like dark colors in the kitchen. And the lacquer makes it feel lively rather than closed-in. We actually applaud them for not going minimalist white during the renovation.

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We've decided that the chunky wood handles (and those retro-looking countertops) keep this room from feeling too sleek and unapproachable. They make it look like a workhorse kitchen.

What do you think?

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(Images: Patrick Cline)