Sleek and Chic: The Perfect Little Black Kitchen


Black is definitely back in kitchen designs, in fact 2019 design trends have kitchens going moody, dark and dramatic…probably in response to several years of clean, all-white kitchens. While making a commitment to a black kitchen might seem intimidating, if done well your kitchen remodel will end up oozing with the kind of sophistication found only in chic, modern hotels or industrial buildings. From all styles and options (think black cabinets, dark countertops and backsplashes, natural-looking flooring, and statement appliances) this trend will take your kitchen up a notch into uncharted sleek new territory. Just think of it as the perfect little black dress for your home. 

We know a kitchen remodel is a significant undertaking, so making the decision to do something bold in the room can be even more stressful. However, there are some ways to either subtly add black to the kitchen, or go big and break a few rules along the way. Here are three different levels of kitchen design ideas showing how you can bring the drama the room during your kitchen remodel no matter what your comfort level. 

Consider this first

Before you journey to the dark side so to speak, be sure to consider these items first: 

  • The size of your room, remember that black can sometimes make a room look smaller, so make sure you have lots of natural light if your space is more compact. Or balance out dark cabinets with a lighter flooring selection.
  • You don’t have to take an  all or nothing approach. What’s great about including black in your kitchen is how much it pops in the room when paired with natural or cherry woods, brass hardware, or light countertops. That’s why black and white go so well together, opposites attract and can help your kitchen look ultra-polished. 
  • Work with a design professional. If you’re ready to make a big change with your kitchen renovation, be sure to work with a professional that can help you make choices you’ll not only love, but will add value to your home in the long run.

Option 1: A little can go a long way

If you’re not ready to make a huge change and become a monochromatic convert (either due to budget or concern over being too “trendy”), there are small ways to incorporate black into your kitchen remodel. 

  • Consider going black by renovating your countertop and/or backsplash. Seamless transitions that materials such as marble provide are very “on-trend” right now.
  • Focus on remodeling or adding a kitchen island using all black cabinets and countertops.
  • Wallpaper is another ultra-chic way to bring black into your kitchen, and wallpaper is easy to remove or update if necessary.
  • Update your flooring and go with a sleek dark or black wood style to make an impact in the room. 
  • Accessorize with bold black ceramics, painted shelves, artwork, window coverings, etc. 

Strike a balance

If you love it, but are not completely sold on a full-on dark look in your kitchen, then consider focusing on key areas to update, and then balancing out with lighter options to provide contrast. 

  • As we mentioned earlier, opposites attract, so when balancing dark with light go with ebony cabinets with brass hardware and white marble or quartz countertops. A white farmhouse sink is another way to add warmth and brightness to darker cabinets. 
  • Light fixtures are an easy way to bring black to your kitchen while creating contrast with other elements. This also allows for the black elements to meet from the bottom to the top, leaving  lighter tones in the middle. 
  • Still love the clean, simple look of white subway tiles? Those work great with all black cabinets too.

Go all-in

So you’ve made the decision to really go all out with a midnight-hued kitchen, and are ready to take things to the next level. Just like that perfect little black dress, the key to making the kitchen pop is adding various textures, layers and materials. 

  • Remember you have choices…not all shades of black are the same, so consider the natural lighting in the room, the overall style of your home and surrounding spaces when choosing a black option. This is where working with a design professional can really benefit you in the end…they can help pull the look together with kitchen cabinets, hardware, countertops, appliances and fixtures. 
  • One way to make a black kitchen really stand out is with brushed brass hardware. Clean and sophisticated, you can add pops of this metallic with faucets, lighting and cabinet hardware.
  • Want a fresh spin on classic white subway tiles? Go with black instead and create a unique pattern vs. the standard layout. Also go glam with your appliances and install matte black versions instead…and consider making an impact with a statement stove and hood.
  • Finally if you do go all black, be sure to add some warmth with natural elements such as plants, bamboo wood accessories, and lighter wood flooring.