One Color Fits Most: Black Kitchen Cabinets

I was trying to decide if black is the new white (because all-white kitchens have been a thing for a while now), or if black is the new black (because black is timeless and classic), but I’m afraid I only ended up confusing myself when it comes to black kitchen cabinets. That’s right. Black kitchen cabinets. They’re a thing, and not a rare or exclusive thing, either.

 

Things to know about black color

Black is one of the basic colors that are important to the interior design and overall palette of a space. It’s a neutral the same as white and gray. All of these nuances are highly versatile and can be used in many different ways. Black in particular is a powerful color which can be subtle when needed but which can also make a statement.

As a color, black is often associated with elegance and sophistication which can definitely be used to create gorgeous interior designs. However, if not careful an interior based on black can end up looking dark and feeling gloomy. Balance is thus important when decorating with black.

It’s more enticing to use black as an accent color simply because it goes well with everything. It’s also very simple and strong and it contrasts with a lot of the other colors. Using black in large quantities can also look beautiful when done right.

Beautiful inspirational black kitchen ideas

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Black cabinets are showing up all over the place, in every style and size of kitchen – contemporary, sure, but also country and traditional and tiny and galley and…the list goes on. Do you think you could love black kitchen cabinets? We think so!

Mix of Old & New.

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Paired with this antique-inspired green kitchen buffet, the modern feel of black kitchen cabinetry is softened just enough.{found on tessfine}.

Natural Light as Balancing Feature.

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Kitchens where natural light is abundant are the envy of all kitchens everywhere. Using black kitchen cabinetry to contrast with that light provides a fresh spin. (And we love the pairing with clean, crisp-white drum shades.)

Black in Small Spaces.

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As the ultimate dark color, black isn’t necessarily confined to large spaces. This tiny kitchen looks chic and modern with its black flat-front cabinetry.{found on creative}.

Black, White, and Hints of Red.

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This classic color combination goes delightfully right in this cute kitchen, complete with black kitchen cabinets, white subway tile backsplash, and checkered dish towels.

Traditional Black.

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Black cabinets may not be the first thing you think of when you think “traditional kitchen,” but the warmth of the wood tones and earthy hues paired with the distressed black cabinets here balances everything out nicely.{found on kitchendesigns}.

Black and Butcher Block.

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The starkness of the black kitchen cabinetry here is softened significantly by a medium-stained butcher block countertop. A spring green backsplash color adds to the natural vibe.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

Galley Kitchen Cabinets.

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Simple, clean-lined black kitchen cabinets in a galley-style kitchen provide a nice framing element to the beautiful stainless steel range at the end of the kitchen.{found on architectus}.

Black Cabinets with Gold Hardware.

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Is there a more luxe or sophisticated combination than black with gold? In an otherwise simple kitchen, black provides the perfect background to these glimmers of gold.

Black and Marble.

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A geometric black-and-white backsplash provides a great cohesive element for and visual transition from the darkness of black kitchen cabinets to the lightness of Carrera marble countertops.{found on jewettfarms}.

Glossy Black All Around.

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Integrated into the glossy black cabinets of this dream kitchen are glossy black appliances, and the streamlined look could not look more sleek and chic. Keeping the crown molding black as well is a stroke of design genius.

Black Cabinets with White Island.

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Often designed in reverse, with pale kitchen cabinetry and a darker kitchen island, this setup is unique, eye-catching, and memorable, not only for its color scheme but also the fabulous traditional details.

Classic Black and White.

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A 50/50 split of black and white in this kitchen space results in a gorgeous, timeless look. Black kitchen cabinets showcase beautiful chandeliers and balance the dark floors in the space.

Black Lowers.

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If a corner kitchen is small enough that all-black kitchen cabinetry seems like it would overwhelm, consider incorporating black cabinets on the lowers and leaving the uppers white. Combine this with a checkerboard floor, and you’ve got a winning traditional-meets-modern combination.

Black Cabinets with Colored Lighting.

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Just as white kitchen cabinets are versatile as far as color accents go, so, too, are black kitchen cabinets. They provide a bold neutral base against which colors (like these orange blown glass pendants) can shine.

Black Kitchen Island.

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It’s not a new trick – contrasting the color of your kitchen island with the rest of your kitchen cabinetry. But when that contrast is as dramatic as black-and-white, you’ve got yourself a real stunner of a focal point.

Rustic + Black.

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The rustic appeal and warmth of grainy wood surfaces, whether they be floors, countertops, shelves, or ceiling beams (or, in this case, all of the above) is absolutely stunning when juxtaposed with black kitchen cabinets.

Black with Glass.

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As the ultimate color-absorbing color, it’s interesting to note (and makes sense) that black both is enhanced by and enhances light-reflecting surfaces. Loads of glass in this kitchen make the black kitchen cabinetry an obvious, and gorgeous, choice.

Black Cabinets with Colorful Rug.

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Not every component of a kitchen is permanent, so to speak. A colorful rug, like this Oriental rug in deep reds you see here, provides a nice pattern and visual break from the chunk-o’-color that is the black cabinets.

Black Cabinets with Soffits.

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Extend the drama of your black kitchen cabinets by painting the soffits (and molding, if applicable) the same color. Floor-to-ceiling impact is stunning.{found on fabulousbydesignblog}.

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And, just to get you all confused…how about the inverse image of black kitchen cabinets?

Black is one of the basic colors that are important to the interior design and overall palette of a space. It’s a neutral the same as white and gray. All of these nuances are highly versatile and can be used in many different ways. Black in particular is a powerful color that can be subtle when needed but which can also make a statement.

As a color, black is often associated with elegance and sophistication which can definitely be used to create gorgeous interior designs. However, if not careful an interior based on black can end up looking dark and feeling gloomy. Balance is thus important when decorating with black.

It’s more enticing to use black as an accent color simply because it goes well with everything. It’s also very simple and strong and it contrasts with a lot of the other colors. Using black in large quantities can also look beautiful when done right.

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This is an all-black kitchen which contrary to what one might expect doesn’t look or feel very dark. The fact that the ceiling is white definitely helps to balance out the décor. Also, the space has large windows, elegant white curtains and a direct connection to the outdoors. What also plays an important role here is the lighting. Warm LED lights illuminate the countertop and a set of minimalistic lamps brighten up the area around the island. This is an interior designed by studio Cielo.

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A beautiful way to prevent black kitchen cabinets from overpowering the space is by adding wood to the design. This warm and natural material contrasts with the black in a very pleasant way. Here it was used to create a stylish accent wall with floating shelves. The backsplash is seamlessly made a part of the wall itself. This is a kitchen by Leicht Westchester-Greenwich.

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As you’ve clearly seen, black is a color that suits modern and contemporary kitchens really well. Of course, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be used in combination with other styles. This rustic kitchen has black cabinets at the top and the bottom with a nice distressed finish, glass panel doors and elegant metal hardware. In contrast, the countertop and backsplash are made of wood.

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This industrial-style kitchen designed by Nina Williams Interiors also makes use of black as its primary color. All the cabinetry including the island are black which adds a strong vibe to the décor and allows the brick accent wall and the wooden countertop to stand out more. The metal pipe and wood shelves bridge the gap between these elements really well.

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Contemporary kitchens and black cabinets go hand in hand as you can expect from such a simple and versatile color. Studio Hurst complemented the large black units with a beautiful white marble backsplash and also used this material for the island top. Another noticeable detail is the use of golden metal accents to highlight the elegance of all the materials and colors involved.

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As mentioned before, too much black can make a space feel dark. To make up for that, studio Renovation Design Group gave this kitchen lots of lighting, both natural and artificial. The cabinetry is all concentrated on one wall, creating a bit unit with very simple and clean lines. The style is obviously industrial, hence the ceiling design.

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This is an all-black kitchen which contrary to what one might expect doesn’t look or feel very dark. The fact that the ceiling is white definitely helps to balance out the décor. Also, the space has large windows, elegant white curtains and a direct connection to the outdoors. What also plays an important role here is the lighting. Warm LED lights illuminate the countertop and a set of minimalistic lamps brighten up the area around the island. This is an interior designed by studio Cielo.

View in gallery

A beautiful way to prevent black kitchen cabinets from overpowering the space is by adding wood to the design. This warm and natural material contrasts with the black in a very pleasant way. Here it was used to create a stylish accent wall with floating shelves. The backsplash is seamlessly made a part of the wall itself. This is a kitchen by Leicht Westchester-Greenwich.

View in gallery

As you’ve clearly seen, black is a color that suits modern and contemporary kitchens really well. Of course, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be used in combination with other styles. This rustic kitchen has black cabinets at the top and the bottom with a nice distressed finish, glass panel doors and elegant metal hardware. In contrast, the countertop and backsplash are made of wood.{found on chelsealumber}.

View in gallery

This industrial-style kitchen designed by Nina Williams Interiors also makes use of black as its primary color. All the cabinetry including the island are black which adds a strong vibe to the décor and allows the brick accent wall and the wooden countertop to stand out more. The metal pipe and wood shelves bridge the gap between these elements really well.

View in gallery

Contemporary kitchens and black cabinets go hand in hand as you can expect from such a simple and versatile color. Studio Hurst complemented the large black units with a beautiful white marble backsplash and also used this material for the island top. Another noticeable detail is the use of golden metal accents to highlight the elegance of all the materials and colors involved.

View in gallery

As mentioned before, too much black can make a space feel dark. To make up for that, studio Renovation Design Group gave this kitchen lots of lighting, both natural and artificial. The cabinetry is all concentrated on one wall, creating a bit unit with very simple and clean lines. The style is obviously industrial, hence the ceiling design.