Kitchen Crush of the Week: Dark Cabinets & the Most Stunning Backsplash

Kitchen Crush of the Week: Dark Cabinets & the Most Stunning Backsplash

Danielle Blundell
Feb 16, 2017
(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

Going dark takes guts — especially in a kitchen, where all-white schemes have been so popular for so long — but Halle and Jeff really pull it off in their New York City apartment. Take a closer look at this dark and handsome stunner.

(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

The dark cabinets (in Benjamin Moore's Mopboard Black) are dramatic and debonair without being overly somber. That's thanks to the contrasting ceiling and beams (in Benjamin Moore's high-gloss Simply White). The big apron-front farmhouse sink, a pendant light fixture, and the window (which gets tons of natural light) also help to brighten things up.

(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

Although the dark cabinets are great and all, the best part of this kitchen has to be the Moroccan-inspired terra-cotta backsplash. Its unique arabesque motif is visually stunning, and the charcoal ties nicely into the cabinetry without feeling too matchy-matchy. It's a larger-than-usual pattern for most backsplash tiles, so you only really get to see one full repeat, but that's plenty.

Get more info on the backsplash: Maghreb Tiles at Tabarka Studio

In addition to the cabinets and eye-catching backsplash, there's still plenty more to be sweet on in this kitchen. Have you noticed the butcher-block counters? And the exposed brick that pops up in all the right places? And the hint of metal? This kitchen is basically the perfect example of having it all. It even has a retro Smeg refrigerator! So. Jealous.


  • Cabinets: Custom, Painted Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black
  • Counters: Custom
  • Ceiling and Beams: Painted OC-117 Simply White High-Gloss
  • Cabinet Pulls: Anthropologie
  • Fridge: Smeg
  • Farmhouse Sink: Rohl
  • Faucet: Waterworks
  • Tile: Urban Archeology
  • Lights: Thomas O'Brien Light Pendant

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the rest of the apartment is equally as amazing — and moody.

See the rest of the home: Halle & Jeff's East Village Apartment at Apartment Therapy

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