Dark kitchen Inspiration 2013

Nadia Hursky on August 6, 2013

Thinking of renovating and want to verge away from popular white kitchen cabinetry? Dark kitchens offer a great alternative to white cabinetry. Whilst colour trends come and go, neutral tones such as white, grey and black are timeless. Dark kitchens are a blank canvas in which you can explore your creativity with your kitchen design. A dark kitchen can be a bold statement or it can be accessorised with texture or colour to add depth and interest. See below for some inspiring dark kitchens.

Daringly Dark

Whilst it is common to avoid darker cabinetry for the fear of closing the space in, dark kitchens can be refreshingly interesting.  Dark kitchens work best where the design of the kitchen has been considered in the whole spatial concept of the home. Sticking black cabinets on the wall and expecting it to look great can be a little misguided when it comes to creating the right atmosphere. Like any other good design, you must consider the floor, wall and ceiling surfaces, as well as where it sits in relation to the space and the layout and material choices. If you go for a dark kitchen and don’t consider the whole environment any mistakes will be more noticeable. However, if done correctly, the results can be purely stunning.

black kitchen with feature furniture

Here the designer has opted for a bold approach incorporating the same colour throughout most of the surfaces. The cabinets, walls, splashback and door frames are in the same continuous grey.

dark kitchen

The kitchen above is boldly dark. Designed by industrial designer Morten Bo Jensen for his Copenhagen apartment, this kitchen is sophisticated and stylish. The space is flooded by natural light maintaining an open. airy feeling despite the use of black.

black kitchen with light

This kitchen also uses an abundance of natural light to compliment the black cabinetry.


black kitchen 2013

Designed and owned by landscape architect, Rick Eckersley, this kitchen exudes drama, style and class. Your kitchen doesn’t have to be big to make a big statement.

Dark and Textural

Adding texture to a dark kitchen can soften it’s appearance and add interest. The below images show you a variety of different styles of kitchens utilising dark cabinetry and texture.

texture and kitchen

The fine grid structure echoed throughout this kitchen gives it a refined and elegant feel, reminiscent of Japanese. Whilst the kitchen island is dark, the sliding timber screens and concrete ceiling add lightness and contrast.

Fokkema kitchen

Designed by Fukkema Architects this kitchen is spacious, light and airy even though there is dark cabinetry on the back wall.

black scandinavian kitchen design

This dark kitchen is Scandinavian kitchen with an industrial edge.

kitchen with concrete and black

This rustic kitchen uses dark open cabinetry that contrast with thick concrete bench-tops.

dwell kitchen design

Designed by the founder of Dwell magazine, Lara Hedberg, the striking timber benchtop in her kitchen contrasts with the dark cabinetry, floor and walls.

A dark kitchen can make a statement in your new renovation. Whether you choose to create a dramatic effect with dark cabinetry, or a more subdued one  adding texture or colour, be sure to surprise your friends by opting for dark.