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

Real Living (Australia) - - ROOMS -

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.

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