Published on December 29, 2019

Think about what most dream kitchens have looked like recently: white subway tile, white Carrara marble countertops, a large waterfall island, white cabinets, and plenty of natural light. Yes, all-white kitchens have dominated the decor world for quite a few years now. But recently, we’ve started to see some that suggest a shift might be on the horizon.

First, matte black appliances started replacing stainless steel ones. Then there was the resurgence of black marble as an alternative to the wildly popular (and rapidly depleting) Carrara marble. We also saw soapstone, blackened oak, and powder-coated steel popping up in modern kitchens. Even matte black fixtures were used in place of the brass finishes we’ve been seeing everywhere.

Yes, all signs point to black kitchens being the new gold standard, but just how much darkness you decide to introduce in your space is up to you. While we’re all on board with a monochrome look, you can start small with just one detail, like black kitchen cabinets, a countertop, a faucet, or a matte black refrigerator. Whatever your preference, you’ll likely find inspiration in these beautiful black kitchens.

Add Tile in Unexpected Places

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Photography by Matthew Williams

This cream and sage kitchen by Studio DB would be all light and bright save for one detail: a black subway tile island. While the material is often used for backsplashes, it’s rarely seen on lower surfaces, which gives the room an unexpected restaurant-style flair. 

Focus on Appliances

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Photography by Kirsten Francis; Design by Jesse Parris-Lamb

This Brooklyn kitchen by Jesse Parris-Lamb signals the return of one niche ’90s trend: black appliances and sinks. The design duo paired a terracotta tile with a similarly hued oven, dark countertops, and a sable farmhouse sink.

Go Monochrome

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Photo courtesy of Helsingo

A monochrome space with black cabinets and a matching countertop and backsplash sets a dark and dramatic mood that’s perfect for dinners with friends or your S.O. It’s also a great way to “hide” appliances in an eat-in kitchen.

Add Texture

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Photography by Ryan McDonald

If you’re not one to hold back, embrace a tone-on-tone look like in this kitchen from Studio Sven, which features dark countertops, cabinets, and walls. A dark Venetian plaster adds texture to the space, while doors and trims (even ductwork) in the same shade give it a unified look.

Introduce Pops of Color

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Photo by Nicole Franzen

Even in small doses, dark shades can make a space feel a bit austere. The solution? Incorporate color with small accents—maybe a collection of ceramic vases or a well-curated gallery wall.

Play With Varying Dark Hues

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Photo by Bess Friday for Catherine Kwong

Not all black tones are the same. There are some with blue undertones, others with brown notes, and some that are simply pitch dark. To give your space dimension, consider mixing varying dark hues: go for a black terracotta tile with blue undertones as a backsplash, for example, and paint the cabinets in a warmer shade of ebony.

Mix in Warm Woods

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Photo by Aaron Bengochea

If you’re worried about your black kitchen appearing too cold, warm things up with wood, like birch or white oak. Together with white walls, this color combo creates a bright, tailored look. 

Start Small

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Photo by Cody Guilfoyle

Choosing any color and using it from floor to ceiling is a bold choice, so consider smaller ways to incorporate the dramatic hue, like in a backsplash or by painting the cabinets—something that can easily be undone without a full renovation. In this small kitchen, a black subway tile backsplash helps visually divide the room from the adjacent entryway.

More ways to incorporate dark hues:
This Moody Cambridge Home Will Make You Want to Paint Every Room Black
Trend We’re Loving: Dark Wood + Deep Blues
A New Hotel Inspiring Us to Decorate More Dramatically

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