Think kitchens aren’t the place to go dark and moody? Think again! A black kitchen has an understated chic all of its own that brings a cool, calm and collected vibe to an often busy space
THE TREND After years of white kitchens reigning supreme, it’s time to go for a total blackout. Designers are also starting to create cabinetry that looks more like standalone furniture than traditional built-in joinery, similar to the island bench in this kitchen. WHY IT WORKS Going for an all-black kitchen is a failsafe way to get a sophisticated look on any budget – the key is to go with matt-finish cabinet doors. Tying it in with a stainlesssteel benchtop and concrete flooring tempers the black, keeping it from looking too severe. TRY IT IF You’re a minimalist who loves European design and contemporary interiors. An all-black kitchen would also look amazing in a new build or open-plan extension that’s the setting for casual entertaining. SPLURGE ON Gorgeous tapware and a black cooktop to sit front and centre on an island bench. SAVE ON Window treatments. With a black kitchen you’ll need as much natural light as possible.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Lambert & Fils large “Waldorf” wall light in Black, $1560, Living Edge. Tadao 1 pendant in Concrete (20cm diameter), $169, Beacon Lighting. Hisense 690L side-by-side fridge in Black (1.79m x 91cm x 74.3cm), $1499, Harvey Norman. Menu “Willmann” vase (12cm diameter), $189, Arrival Hall. Menu “Afternoon” chair in Black, $595, Arrival Hall. Rona pinch pot in Black, $19.95, CO:Home. Borghamn handles, $12.99 for 2, Ikea. Knindustrie “K7” 30cm wok, $110, Spence & Lyda. Cutlery in Black, $49 for five-piece set, West Elm. Zakkia watering can in Brass, $74, Domus Botanica. Ilve induction cooktop (60cm), $1299, Harvey Norman. Phoenix “Toi Squareline” sink mixer, $693, Sydney Taps. Franke “Impact” double sink in Black (1.16m x 50cm), $1159, Reece. Electrolux gas cooktop (86.1cm x 52cm), $1286, The Good Guys.