31 Black Kitchen Ideas for the Bold, Modern Home

Timeless, bold, and elegant.

Modern design trends generally point to all white as the kitchen color palette of choice. But what about on the opposite end of the spectrum? Top interior designers are beginning to make black as common in our home as it is in our wardrobes.

The result? Spaces that feel simple and intentional, and a splendidly spooky.

Here are 31 black kitchen ideas that make us think the dark side isn’t so bad:

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Traditional with a Twist

This English kitchen takes an eclectic spin on a two-toned kitchen style, extending black above the lower cabinets to create a painted backsplash.

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Monochromatic Mid-Century Kitchen

This stunning black and white kitchen is practically split in half: the floors and lower cabinets black, white above. The result is a sleek, bright space.

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Reinvented Industrial Kitchen

Black decor and industrial design are two things generally cautioned to use in small doses. However, this refurbished loft shows that rules are meant to be broken.

Image: Chris Snook

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Contemporary Colorblock Kitchen

This colorblocked kitchen makes a dark statement with this grand black island. A touch of marble backsplash also adds color and texture.

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Warmed with Wood

The soft, warm hues coming from the beautiful light wood in this kitchen find balance with sleek black lines.

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Traditional Two-Tone Kitchen

This traditional kitchen combines bright white with a blue-undertoned black for a look that is unique, comfortable, and timeless.

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Minimalist Country Kitchen

This minimalist space makes a statement with black cabinetry, sure, but it’s these views that steal the show and give the room a reason to stay simple.

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Cozy Scandinavian Kitchen

Old and new elements blend in this warm Scandinavian style kitchen, complete with black cabinetry and lighting.

Image: Nicolaj Bo

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Monochrome Honeycomb Kitchen

Custom black cabinetry frames this unique wooden honeycomb design acting as a backsplash in high-traffic cooking areas.

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Modern Mediterranean Kitchen

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Shiny Brick Backsplash

‘Shiny’ and ‘brick’ aren’t usually paired together, but with a coat of high gloss black, it’s certain that they should be.

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Transitional Two-Toned Kitchen

A 21st-century upgrade on Grandma’s kitchen swaps dated colors for black and white, dressed up with gold fixtures and globe pendants.

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All-Black Industrial Kitchen

What do you do with tin ceilings like this? You embrace industrial-ness and go all black. What makes this dark space work is the several natural light sources.

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Clean Contemporary Kitchen

The designers of this sleek kitchen took the classic early 2000’s kitchen and swapped natural wood cabinets for matte black. The results are striking.

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Wood and Black Combination Kitchen

What’s not to love in this classy kitchen? A sparkling backsplash, black wood flooring, and horizontal grain cabinetry set this modern kitchen apart from the rest.

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Minimalist Color Divided Kitchen

Simple, but stunning. A pop of yellow in the statement art piece keeps this basic kitchen from looking dull.

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Glossy Modern Kitchen Cabinets

This kitchen literally shines, with ultra-modern cabinets with bar pulls.

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Contemporary Colorblock Kitchen

Black, wood, and white all work together to create this inviting and comfortable eating and dining space.

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Striking Black Kitchen Architecture

Where to look first? These incredible cathedral ceilings, dreamy black cabinets, or the rich wood detailing?

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Black and Tan Kitchen

Beautiful light grain wood draws the eye in this large and bright kitchen, while contemporary black cabinetry and accents keep the space looking crisp.

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Pool House Kitchen

This poolside wet bar and kitchen gets its style from floor to ceiling matte black cabinetry that compliments the golden wood ceiling.

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Elegant Black and Gold Kitchen

This modern kitchen looks more like it belongs in a swanky bar than a family home, but who could complain? The gold bars are a smart and stylish update on trendy open shelves.

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Black Accent Kitchen

This eclectic kitchen used black subway tiles and countertops to add a certain darkness to the cooking space.

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Black Shiny Kitchen

Sleek, flat-fronted cabinets are paired with a concrete slab countertop for a combination of two trendy textures.

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Subway Stripes Kitchen

We’ve seen both black and white subway tile, so why not a combination of both? Horizontal stripes draw the eye across, and just like an unfortunate striped shirt, make the wall appear wider.

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Painted Plywood Cabinetry

Raw plywood cabinets are about as unfortunate as it gets, but take on a brand new aesthetic with a coat of matte black paint on an all-black wall.

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A Library’s New Life

That’s right. This space once used for reading is now home to a sleek kitchen for entertaining. A nod to the library (and practicality) lives on through the gold ladder.

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Black Backdrop Kitchen

When patterns and textures like this are in play, best to keep the color scheme neutral. Black provides a perfect backdrop to this sunning wood and tile work.

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Golden Lighting

When natural light lacks, creativity shines. Undercabinet lighting and warm hues keep this dark space light.

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Industrial Scandinavian Kitchen

This irresistible Scandinavian kitchen features some cool industrial details. Hello, black piping.

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High Gloss, High Style 

It’s like a tuxedo, but in kitchen form.

What’s your favorite of these black kitchen ideas? We’d love to hear from you on social media, or in the comments section below.