Timeless, bold and elegant. Modern design trends generally point to all white as the color palette of choice for the kitchen. But what about at the opposite end of the spectrum? Top interior designers are beginning to make black as common in our homes as it is in our closets. The result? Spaces that feel simple and intentional, and gorgeously creepy.
Here are 31 black kitchen ideas that make us think that the dark side is not so bad:
Traditional with a twist
Monochrome Mid-Century Kitchen
This stunning black and white kitchen is practically split down the middle: the floors and cabinets below are black, the white above. The result is an elegant and bright space.
Industrial kitchen reinvented
Black decor and industrial design are two things that are generally recommended to be used in small doses. However, this renovated loft proves that rules are meant to be broken.
Contemporary Color Block Kitchen
This color block kitchen makes a dark statement with this large black island. A touch of marble backsplash also adds color and texture.
The soft, warm tones that come from the beautiful light wood in this kitchen are balanced by sleek black lines.
Two Tone Traditional Kitchen
This traditional kitchen combines bright white with a black with a green tint for a unique, comfortable and timeless look.
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Minimalist country kitchen
This minimalist space makes a statement with black cabinets, sure, but it’s these views that steal the show and give the room a reason to keep it simple.
Cozy scandinavian kitchen
Old and new mix in this warm Scandinavian-style kitchen, complete with black cabinets and lighting.
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Monochrome Honeycomb Kitchen
Custom black cabinets frame this unique wood honeycomb design that acts as a backsplash in high-traffic kitchen areas.
Modern Mediterranean Cuisine
Bright Brick Backsplash
‘Gloss’ and ‘brick’ don’t usually go together, but with a coat of gloss black, they sure should be.
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Two Tone Transitional Kitchen
A 21st-century update on Grandma’s kitchen swaps old-fashioned colors for black and white, adorned with gold hardware and globe pendants.
All Black Industrial Kitchen
What do you do with tin roofs like this? You accept industriality and you go all black. What makes this dark space work is the various sources of natural light.
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clean contemporary kitchen
The designers of this chic kitchen took the classic kitchen from the early 2000s and swapped the natural wood cabinets for matte black. The results are surprising.
Wood and black combined kitchen
What’s not to love in this stylish kitchen? A gleaming backsplash, black hardwood floors, and horizontal-grain cabinetry set this modern kitchen apart from the rest.
Minimalist kitchen divided in colors
Simple, but impressive. A splash of red keeps this basic kitchen from looking boring.
Bright Modern Kitchen Cabinets
This kitchen literally shines, with ultra-modern cabinetry with pulls.
Contemporary Color Block Kitchen
Black, wood and white work together to create this cozy and comfortable space for lunch and dinner.
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Impressive black kitchen architecture
Where to look first? These incredible cathedral ceilings, dreamy black cabinetry, or the rich wood accents?
Black and Tan Kitchen
Beautiful light-grained wood draws attention in this large and bright kitchen, while contemporary black cabinets and accents keep the space looking sharp.
pool house kitchen
This poolside kitchen and wet bar takes its style from floor to ceiling with matte black cabinetry that complements the gilded wood ceiling.
Elegant black and gold kitchen
This modern kitchen looks more like a chic bar than a family home, but who could complain? Gold bars are a smart and stylish update on trendy open shelves.
Kitchen with black details
This eclectic kitchen used black subway tile and countertops to add some darkness to the cooking space.
glossy black kitchen
Sleek, flat-front cabinetry is paired with a concrete slab countertop for a mix of two modern textures.
Subway Stripe Kitchen
We’ve seen black and white subway tiles, so why not a combination of both? Horizontal stripes draw the eye and, like an unfortunate striped shirt, make the wall appear wider.
Painted plywood cabinets
Raw plywood cabinets are as unlucky as they come, but they get a new aesthetic with a coat of matte black paint on an all-black wall.
The new life of a library
That’s how it is. This space once used for reading now houses a stylish kitchen for entertaining. A nod to the library (and practicality) lives on.
Black background kitchen
When patterns and textures like this are in play, it’s best to keep the color scheme neutral. The black provides a perfect backdrop for this wood and tile work.
When natural light is lacking, creativity shines. Under-cabinet lighting and warm tones keep this dark space light.
Scandinavian industrial kitchen
This irresistible Scandinavian kitchen features some cool industrial details.
High gloss, high style
It’s like a tuxedo, but in kitchen form.
Which is your favorite of these black kitchen ideas?