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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.

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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.

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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.’)

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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.

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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.

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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.