Are Black Kitchens the New White?

Like all things style and design-related, kitchens go through trend cycles every few years. In the early 2000s, wood finishes and granite countertops with natural appeal were the in demand finishings for the kitchen, followed by the all white look: bright white cabinetry, subway tile backsplashes, and marble countertops, combined with polished nickel finishes. Now, when it comes to kitchen design, it seems that there's a turn toward the dark side. Cabinetry in classic, moody black is becoming an increasingly popular choice among homeowners and designers alike, especially when paired with high-contrast and warm toned finishes.

If you're considering an update for your kitchen, black just may be the new white. Here, we're sharing a few of our favorite black kitchens to get you inspired.

Paired with and antique-style range hood and oversized subway tile, the unconventional choice of black lacquered cabinetry still manages to feel timeless.

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White light fixtures, walls and countertops keep floor-to-ceiling black cabinetry from feeling heavy.

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Pair black and stainless steel for a space that's the definition of streamlined.

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Find black to be a little harsh? Charcoal gray offers all the impact of black, but with a softer edge.

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To warm up a black space, simply juxtapose it with finishes like polished brass and natural wood tones.


Paired with concrete, black feels modern and industrial.

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Last but not least, black glossy paint gives traditional recessed panel cabinetry a sleek update.


What do you think? Would you ever go for a black kitchen?