Black on black: 7 designer ways to add dark drama to your kitchen

For sophistication and drama, black is hard to beat – and its currently cropping up in stylish kitchens everywhere. Black kitchens feed into the soft minimalist style that is popular right now. Black can look entirely different depending on the materials you use; matt, smooth, mirrored, timber textured – the options are endless. Luxe black appliances complete the look.

We have gathered up the 7 no fail ways to integrate this moody hue into your kitchen.

  1. Appliances

Make a statement – and reinforce the luxurious look of a dusky kitchen – with black appliances. Black appliances add sophistication to a kitchen, the latest releases feature elegant extras, such as matte finishes and recessed knobs and handles for a streamlined look. They’re versatile too; you can make black appliances recede into the background by installing them within black joinery or make a feature of them by building them into pale joinery – for example, a black cooktop oven, looks fabulous in a light-coloured kitchen. Another design approach is to include sections of black joinery in an otherwise pale kitchen to hide black appliances in plain sight. Black appliances with minimalist styling and high-tech functionality are key to the luxe aesthetic.

  1. Fixtures

Black is not just for joinery and appliances – you will also find fixtures galore in the moody hue. Use dark-tone fixtures to reinforce an all-black look or as bold accents in an otherwise neutral kitchen. Seek out chic, matt-black tapware, a dramatic black sink, linear black pendants, and striking wall sconces. You will find that even a small dose is enough to add some dark magic to your cooking space.

  1. Matt finishes

High-gloss joinery and tiles have given way to tiles with soft, velvety finishes that add depth and character to black kitchens. Selecting appliances such as ovens and fridges in chic, matt black further emphasises the look. Bear in mind that dark, matt finishes will absorb rather than reflect light so you’ll want to make sure the kitchen receives plenty of natural illumination; consider adding sliding doors, a skylight, or painting the ceiling bright white to maximise the available light.

  1. Streamlined joinery

Keep the look simple and contemporary with generous floor-to-ceiling cabinetry or floating wall cupboards with flat-panelled fronts and minimalist handles or push-touch openings. Considering that all that black might veer towards the gloomy? There are several ways to prevent this – try mixing different textures, such as matt joinery and glossy tiles or install a black-toned mirrored splashback to reflect the light and open up the room. And of course, do not forget good lighting to make the space feel warm and welcoming – and ensure you can see what you are doing during food prep!

  1. Pick the right black

The fact is, not all blacks are created equal. The most liveable ones are nuanced i.e. charcoal or a slightly brown-based black rather than absolute black can prevent your areas looking lifeless, and the cleaner the black the better. Black can throw lots of different colours, so it is important to view the finishes you like under different light conditions. Hold samples up to the light at different times of day and night and under both natural and artificial light. Also, look at them beside the other colours and finishes in the kitchen and any adjoining rooms. Or engage a specialist who works with these colours all of the time.

  1. Texture

Luscious textures provides the finishing touch to an all-black kitchen, bringing warmth and energy into the space. Timber is a great way to introduce it; timber has a beautiful, natural texture – think a characterful timber floor. Even the way timber flooring is laid can be textural, such as parquetry or heritage features. You can add timber to a black kitchen in other ways too – for example, open timber shelving, light fittings with touches of timber or wooden edging on a door frame. You can also add texture to a kitchen with natural stone – for example, a striking marble splashback or benchtop or a soft, limestone floor. When it comes to texture, do not feel the need to go overboard, often a little is all you need.

  1. Balance

If a black kitchen connects to a lighter living or fining room, you will want to create a sense of balance between the two. It is best to do this subtly – for example, you might choose black dining chairs or black frames for artwork. Black steel-framed doors or windows can be a fantastic way to pick up on the black elements in a kitchen and extend them to bridge the look. Alternatively, look to introduce one or two light elements into the kitchen – consider a black benchtop with pale vein detailing, a tiled floor that incorporates both black and white, or brass tapware or handles.

At the end of the day, it always is best to seek expert help. Email us if we can help you!

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