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Black is a popular color for kitchen design, with 7.33% of kitchens incorporating quite a bit black in it, whether via black kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring or other aspects. But using black in the kitchen seems to fly in the face of a lot of common knowledge about interior design.
Black kitchen charts
Here’s a chart showing that approximately 7.33% of kitchens are considered “black” in color due to the prominence of black throughout.
Chart showing that 7.33% of kitchens have a lot of black in them.
Here’s a chart setting out the fact that black kitchen cabinets make up approximately 1.89% of kitchen cabinets.
Chart showing 1.89% of kitchens have black kitchen cabinets.
After all, how are you supposed to maintain a cheerful cooking environment when you’re trapped in a black hole? It turns out that there’s more than one strategy you can use to bring black to the kitchen design of your dreams without making your kitchen into a cave.
Small black apartment kitchen with stainless steel edging and hardware. Gray tile floor reduces stark contrast a white floor would creat. The glass-faced upper cabinets make the design less severe.
Spacious modern u-shaped black and pink kitchen. Notice the extensive glossy black kitchen cabinets, black island and black countertops contrasted with bright pink backsplash.
This somewhat black kitchen has a large black island, black upholstered stools only.
Modern single line kitchen with black modern cabinets and island contrasted nicely with light gray countertops and chrome bar stools.
Black kitchen cabinets are tempered here with the light wood island and countertops. It’s a fantastic color scheme that creates a beautiful and dramatic kitchen. The floor matches the countertops.
For a kitchen that has all black cabinets and countertops, this is quite bright and that’s because of the white cathedral ceiling, white walls and light wood flooring.
This entire kitchen is black except for the stainless steel refrigerator. However, it’s tempered due to the white kitchen dining table and off-white ceiling and floor. Designed by Arquitetur Design.
Black transitional kitchen design with contemporary black cabinets with stainless steel hardware along with stainless steel appliances and dark wood floor. I love the white countertops and all white island that contrasts the extensive use of black very nicely. This is one of the best black kitchen designs featured here.
Minimalist black kitchen with modern cabinetry along with a black countertop and black appliances. However, the soaring walls are white which gives the space some brightness along with the medium hardwood flooring. Designed by DPAW.
Here’s a contemporary black kitchen with some really cool dome lights on the black kitchen island. Those lights take the place of pendant lights. They look really cool but I’m not sure they’re worth the counterspace they take up.
Industrial loft kitchen with black countertops, black cabinet hardware, black range hood and black ceiling. This is an example of a kitchen incorporating black without looking too dark due to the ligth brick walls, white cabinets and windows.
Close-up photo of a kitchen with black countertops, black and gray backsplash and black refrigerator.
Small L-shaped black kitchen cabinets with wood countertop. The small kitchen dining table has a wood surface that matches the countertops. The chairs match the cabinets. This is a very handsome small kitchen design.
Fabulous white and black kitchen. White cabinets contrasted with black countertops and black appliances and then all tied together with a metallic blue backsplash.
This is a 3D rendering of a modern black kitchen with white and wood countertops along with herringbone wood floor.
Kitchen with black cabinetry, black backsplash and black island surface. It’s in a kitchen space with cathedral ceilings with exposed wood beams.
Here’s a close-up image of a kitchen with black subway tile backsplash contrasting with white cabinets and countertops.
Here’s a traditional kitchen with black color scheme including black cabinets and island topped with beige/earth tones granite.
Stunning luxury kitchen with black cabinets, countertops all around a gray flagstone fireplace. The wood floor is made up of very light wood and there are light wood beams supporting the ceiling. The extensive wood contrasts very nicely with the black cabinets.
Here’s another photograph of the kitchen above.
Contemporary black kitchen with black and white backsplash and stainless steel countertops and appliances.
Ornate Asian style black and gold kitchen. Notice the ceiling is a black and white checkered ceiling. Gold chandelier is suspended in the center of this kitchen design.
New kitchen with black cabinets throughout with light beige and dark brown granite. A massive blue, dark gray and white tile backsplash I think makes this kitchen too busy given the granite countertops. The beautiful, simple black cabinets get lost amidst the busyness of the backsplash and countertops.
Minimalist l-shaped black kitchen with some white upper cabinets.
Busy kitchen with a country style that has black cabinets and dark gray granite countertops. The black is somewhat offset with stainless steel appliances, white floor, off-white backsplash and large window.
Beautiful contemporary kitchen with cathedral ceiling, black cabinetry, bright white walls and ceiling and countertops. This is a great black and white kitchen design.
Kitchen space with very high ceilings towering up with bright white walls. In the center of the open concept space sits a modern kitchen with black cabinets and black island base. The long island has a sleek white countertop.
Traditional kitchen style with a variety of black kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, large white rectangle sink and beige/dark brown granite surfaces.
Partially black kitchen with long workbench style black island, black painted walls and ceiling beams and range hood. The rest is natural wood. Architects: W4 Arquitetura Criativa | Photography: Cristiano Bauce.
It’s easy to swing and miss when you try to incorporate black kitchen design ideas. The difference between successful uses of black color in the kitchen and unsuccessful uses lies in abundance. A kitchen that has too many things that are black colored—wood floors, cabinets, appliances, drawers—is more likely to seem like a dungeon than a place of delicious productivity.
The other undesirable alternative is a kitchen where black is used for cabinets and trims in an overly formal yet not-quite perfect way. The goal is to use black in your kitchen design such that you get the sophistication of the color without the negative absorption of natural and artificial light.
Use Black To Springboard Wood And Color
Wood is black’s best friend in kitchen design. Wood can have a variety of colors and textures which you’ll be able to use to either accentuate black pieces like cabinets or de-emphasize black pieces like appliances or countertops.
Lighter woods offer a more modern and post-industrial feel when paired with black in comparison to darker woods, which offer a more old timey aesthetic. The primary issue is that your two major surfaces—ceiling and floor—need to complement all of the black items in your kitchen design.
If you have a white ceiling and you’re interested in going for a sophisticated black with dark and smooth wood countertop and cabinet combo, it isn’t going to turn out right. Likewise, if your ceiling and your floor are already extremely dark, black cabinets won’t be salvaged by any amount of light colored woods.
Use black as negative space that makes colorful or shiny metallic items stand out if you’re not going to use black in conjunction with wood. Black goes well with chrome specifically because the reflections of light off of the chrome make it stand out even more against the black background.