10 Kitchens with Dramatic Black Cabinets

published Oct 30, 2015
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The day before Halloween calls for a slightly spooky look at interior design. Yes, we love colorful kitchens, but there’s also something infinitely appealing about kitchens done almost entirely in black. Here are 10 of our favorite dramatic black kitchens.

  • Cabinets & Grilles – Lonny: Not only does this moody kitchen have black upper and lower cabinets and a black drop-leaf table, but the grilles on the expansive windows also add to the dramatic look.
  • Black Buffet Console – Vipp: If you don’t want to paint built-in cabinets black, you can always opt for using a black console table instead. We love the matte finish on all the surfaces in this room and how the floating shelves blend right in.
  • Brass & Subway Tile – Catherine Kwong Design: If you don’t have upper cabinets, then keep the moody feeling going with black subway tile. And of course, brass fixtures are always a good choice with black.
  • Galley Kitchen – Style Me Pretty: To be fair, this is actually an office kitchen, but we love that they went bold and dark in such a small space. It is a risky move, but it completely paid off here.
  • Modern Design – Archiblox: This kitchen serves as proof that you can add black cabinets and counter bases without making your kitchen feel too macabre. The black is a refreshing change from all the white and blonde wood we frequently see in modern design.
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Cabinets & Grilles – Lonny (Image credit: Lonny)
  • Black, White & Silver – Laurysen Kitchens: Don’t underestimate how luxe a traditionally designed kitchen can look when you paint the cabinets black. This is a perfect example of that. And the silver fixtures work perfectly with the mottled gray backsplash and stainless steel appliances.
  • Softening Details – Remodelista: To keep a kitchen with black cabinets from feeling too stark, incorporate softening details like the Persian rug runner seen here; it will make your kitchen feel more welcoming.
  • Floor to Ceiling – House Beautiful: Named House Beautiful’s “Kitchen of the Year” for 2014, we love the floor-to-ceiling black cabinets in this kitchen. But the crowning detail is the herringbone tile backsplash that’s featured in many places in the kitchen.
  • Textured Black – Dijeau Poage Contractors: If you look closely, this isn’t a flat black on the cabinets; instead it has a bit of a depth of color that gives it more visual interest, and allows it to soften some of the other elements in the kitchen.
  • Cabinets & Floors – House of Honey: These homeowners decided to double down on the sleek black look by installing both black cabinets and black floors. The contrast of the white walls and gold fixtures is perfectly on point.