I've long been a fan of black-painted rooms but kitchens with strong black elements are a newly acquired taste for me. Even the most rustic versions have a sophistication that I find hard to resist. They're kitchens where I can imagine cooking a big Saturday breakfast. But just as enticing is the thought of tiptoeing into them after midnight for a spontaneous snack. I also love the idea of strong masculine elements in a room that is often viewed as a female domain. Anything that breaks the rules gets my attention.