Black is a bold statement in any room, but it can be especially striking in the kitchen; a space where the aesthetic usually leans towards ‘light’ and ‘fresh.’ But, when it’s done right, there can be a sophistication and warmth in all that ebony and charcoal. Here are some stellar examples of bold kitchens where black plays a leading role.
Black fixtures, black flooring, black cabinets, black countertop. Sound ominous? It could have been, but the bright vintage-bulb ‘track’ lighting and the full backsplash of white subway tile help keep this high-contrast kitchen nice and approachable.
This space uses black cabinets and tile to effectively create an accent wall. This lends a focal point to the all-white kitchen, while a glossy hardwood floor and mid-century Eames-style dining chairs maintain an inviting warmth. (Bonus detail: the white folding doors that hide the cabinets away, in case you don’t want to show your ‘dark side.’)
Galley kitchens can seem cramped at the best of times, but that doesn’t mean they can’t rock a dark shade, too. Reclaimed wood floors in a light finish, coupled with all-white cabinetry and appliances, let you get away with a dramatic floor-to-ceiling coat of black.
This would also be a great application for chalkboard paint – use your walls to write down your grocery list, recipes, dinner guests, etc.
Those lamps! Those chairs! That vaulted ceiling! This is an ultra-sleek adaptation of the bold kitchen. The exquisite solid-hardwood table provides a central feature and neutralizes the heaviness of the black-and-stainless-steel counters and cabinets, while the mottled-grey wall finish ties in effortlessly with the marble flooring. Think: flow.
Want to try a fling with black in the kitchen without going for a full renovation? Try some smaller details: a black faucet, a black ceramic knife or two, and a DIY paint job on the cabinet doors. Some stainless-steel details complement the look, and the high window makes sure to let in lots of natural light.