Sleek, contemporary and bold, black kitchens express a sense of drama and sophistication. Black is dominant, powerful, mysterious and conservative. Once considered a masculine colour, black conveys authority with style.
Black kitchens can look stunning accentuated with white, or with stainless steel features to offset the darkness. Not many people dare to do a whole colour scheme dominated by black; but black is popular for interior space accents. Even just a black splashback adds a touch of drama.
Black does not reflect, but rather absorbs light. Because of this, black can make a space feel smaller and more enclosed. Black kitchens also take more time to maintain, as dirt and scratches tend to stand out, particularly on glossy surfaces.
Check out the images below for some great ideas and inspiration for using black in your kitchen space.
Black and White Kitchens
Many people feel more comfortable by offsetting the sometimes-overpowering black with white. Black with white creates a classic, crisp and modern design aesthetic. White reflects light, making the space feel more open, and black gives authority, boldness and directness.
A modern black and white kitchen is timeless.
The above traditional kitchen displays crafted black cabinetry. The kitchen is contrasted by white walls, white splashback, and white benchtops.
The above kitchen shows that black kitchen can still look spacious and open and timeless. Contrasted with white wall cabinets, this handless kitchen is elegant and simple, yet different.
This two-tone black and white kitchen uses simple geometric forms to give it a playful edge.
Black and Stainless Steel
Stainless steel compliments black extremely well. Black is dense and ambiguous. Stainless steel is sharp, precise and reflects light. The combination can be quite dramatic and looks fantastic in a kitchen setting. The light-absorbing quality of black can be used to the designer’s advantage to disguise or downplay certain features.
This contrast between black and stainless steel elements is visually stimulating in this striking black kitchen with pendant light fittings, bar stools, splashback and appliances in stainless steel.
This modern black kitchen is highlighted with stainless steel handles, accessories and a splashblack. The lighting feature takes centre stage on this beautifully designed kitchen. The stainless steel fittings add dimension and leads our eye through the kitchen space.
Not quite ready for black cabinets? How about a black splashback? This touch adds the appeal of black–such as authority, completeness and sophistication—without dominating. Below are a few examples of kitchens with black splashbacks.
Simple, classy and elegant, black makes a dramatic statement in this space whilst the white keeps it open and fresh. The splashback in the kitchen ties in with the black and white theme of the interior space.
Black glass splashbacks look terrific with black glass appliances that are becoming popular and readily available.
A black feature wall contrasted with white cabinetry and a timber bench is Scandinavian in appeal.
It takes a certain amount of guts to go ahead with a black kitchen. The results however, can be extremely rewarding. Whether your kitchen is completely black, or contrasted with light-reflecting white or stainless steel, you are sure to impress your friends with your bold colour choices.