8 Kitchens That Will Finally Convince You That Black Cabinets Are Better than White Ones

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Choosing to go with inky-black cabinets in your kitchen can be a bold, scary decision. Some people will tell you that the hue is only suited for certain decor styles, that it will make your room feel super snug, or that it’ll make your space feel too dark and dingy. Those people, however, clearly haven’t seen these gorgeous kitchens.

Here are eight times black cabinets totally crushed it.

1. A Modern Austin Bungalow

Homeowners Tiffany and Alan found the perfect balance in their Texas kitchen by pairing black lower cabinets with white subway tile walls, marble countertops, and gold globe pendant lights. The duo finished off the modern look with a pair of profile sketches, proving even the most sophisticated space can benefit from an artsy edge.

See the whole home: A Chic “New Traditional” Austin Bungalow on Apartment Therapy

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2. An East Village Apartment

We love how this New York City space encapsulates Old World charm. Owners Halle and Jeff spent nine months gut renovating their space and the “after” is transformative. A patterned tile backsplash, wood countertops, and that white SMEG fridge add a dose of lightness to the moody black cabinets (painted with Benjamin Moore’s Mopboard Black).

See the whole home: Halle and Jeff’s East Village Apartment on Apartment Therapy

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3. A Canadian Condo

Given it’s the home of an architect, it’s no wonder that the Montreal kitchen of Violaine and Gaëtan showcases industrial design at its finest. Clean lines and metal accents tie the space together. Lower black cabinets are accented by exposed shelving up top, and black fixtures pop throughout.

See the whole home: Relaxing, DIY Design in Montreal on Apartment Therapy

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4. A Historic Midwest Home

The 120-year-old home of Tracy and Jason already had good bones, so the couple focused on cosmetic updates that fused their mid-century-meets-boho style. A bright and cheery pink runner brings life (and a little bit of funk) to their black cabinetry and butcher block combo in the kitchen.

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5. A Rental Remodel

Want to add style to a kitchen without spending too much money? Make like Apartment Therapy’s Tara Bellucci and coat unsightly ’70s-era cabinetry with black paint. Paired with a removable wallpaper backsplash, the color swap makes the most of undesirable features without having to splurge on a full-blown reno.

See the before and after: Tara’s Budget Rental Remodel on Apartment Therapy

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6. A 1920s Tudor

Graeme and Rebekah’s kitchen needed a lot of love originally (see the “before” shots here). The “after”? Well, it gets a lot of love! The black and white cabinet combo is perfect for homeowners looking to dip their toes into the moody cabinetry trend. Another great accent: Instead of the typical white or gray grout most choose for their subway tile, they chose black, which ties the whole kitchen together.

See the before and after: Watch This Outdated Kitchen Get Remodeled From Start to Finish on Apartment Therapy

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7. A London Flat

If you’re really gutsy, you can go super dark. Homeowners Jane and Jeremy chose to cover their walls in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black, then paired that with a black tile backsplash and black cabinetry. A daring statement? Sure — but pretty darn cool, too!

See the whole home: Jane and Jeremy’s Contemporary Classic London Flat on Apartment Therapy

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8. A Miami Makeover

This kitchen before and after should settle the debate once and for all about whether black cabinetry makes a room too dark. The bright makeover of Sara and Laura’s Miami kitchen is about as open and airy as it gets. Black cabinets (and those gorgeous brass pulls!) add the perfect touch of drama to the beach-y space, while natural accents (like lots of wood cutting boards, trays, and plants) keep things fresh.

See the whole kitchen: A Modern, Black & White Miami Kitchen on Apartment Therapy

What do you think? Would you ever go with black cabinets in your kitchen?