Is Black the New White in Kitchens?

Discover why black is the hot, new trend in kitchen design.

You've seen our favorite white kitchens, but have you ever considered using black in this room? Like in fashion, black goes with virtually everything. Whether you have a traditional, contemporary or modern design aesthetic, black cabinets, kitchen islands and backsplashes are all pretty versatile.

So, do you think you're ready to move to the dark side? Keep reading for our favorite black kitchens to see why we're completely in love with this dramatic design trend.

Black on Black

Contemporary Black Kitchen With Chevron Backsplash

Contemporary Black Kitchen With Chevron Backsplash

Photo by: Jason Kisner ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jason Kisner, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Everything shines in this totally black kitchen. From the enameled cabinetry to the geometric glass tiles, the all-black design is anything but boring.

Vintage Beauty

Eat-In Kitchen With Gray Glass Tile Backsplash

Eat-In Kitchen With Gray Glass Tile Backsplash

Photo by: Photographer:Neil


Who wouldn't want to cook in this stunning kitchen? The smoky gray backsplash complements the vintage black stove for a look that isn't monotonous but still team all-black. If you love a little color, display bright flowers and a colorful table centerpiece.

Black and White

Contemporary Black Open Kitchen With Island

Contemporary Black Open Kitchen With Island

For a dramatic effect, decorate your kitchen in black and white. The contrast between the black kitchen island and white marble countertop is sophisticated yet playful. The black accent wall in the adjacent dining room is an elaborate way to the tie two rooms together.

Black and Copper

Transitional Kitchen With Black Island and Cabinetry

Transitional Kitchen With Black Island and Cabinetry


John Colaneri

Kitchen Cousins

This colonial-inspired kitchen gets its pizzazz from the copper range hood while the black cabinetry and kitchen island enhance the look. Throw in some stainless steel appliances, and you've got yourself a gorgeous kitchen design.

Try It in Small Doses

Black Kitchen Sink

Black Kitchen Sink

If you love the idea of a black kitchen but can't fully commit, try it in smaller amounts. This super sleek sink stands out against the white marble countertop and serves as the kitchen's statement piece. You can get many materials in black these days, including glazed cast iron.

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove

For visual appeal, pair white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances with a patterned black backsplash.

Yellow Stools Pop in Modern Black & White Kitchen

Yellow Stools Pop in Modern Black & White Kitchen

Photo by: Tana Nesbitt

Tana Nesbitt

If you're installing new tile flooring or a backsplash, use black grout instead of white. Not only will it make your tiles pop, but it hides the everyday wear and tear that comes with cooking.

17 Top Kitchen Design Trends

See All Photos

Gray is the New White

Opt for New Functionality

Classic Black and White Palette

Fresh Hues for Sinks

Photo By: Kohler

Choose Bold Fixtures

Contrast Light and Shadow

Maximize Kitchen Storage

Add In Automation

Photo By: Moen ©Dave Dickerson

Go Commercial-Grade

Save Money With a Look-Alike

New Colors for Quartz

Photo By: Caesarstone

Mix Countertop Materials

Photo By: EnGrain

Timeless Farmhouse Flair

Marry the Kitchen to Your Home's Style

From: Jo Ann Alston

Contemporary Combo

Flexible Palette

Photo By: Ikea

Opt for Architectural Lines

Next Up

Moody Hues: Decorating With Not-Quite-Black Paint Colors

Like dark, moody rooms but having a hard time committing to black paint? Try these deep shades of colors that mimic the effects of black while adding a hint of color.

9 Kitchen Color Ideas That Aren't White

Believe it or not, there are other options out there.

Paint It Black: Inspiration and Tips for Bold Interior Doors

Bold, black paint can turn even the most basic builder-grade closet doors into architectural statements. See how to make a black door work in your own interior space.

Step Inside Christina Applegate's Bright, White Kitchen Makeover

Get an inside look at actress Christina Applegate's easy and affordable kitchen makeover with Laurel & Wolf.

3 Easy Steps to Give New Life to an Old Wood Bowl

You don't have to be a world-class chef to appreciate the beauty and usefulness of an antique or vintage dough bowl but years of constant use can really take a toll on the wood, leaving it dried-out, scratched and stained. In just 3 steps, you can reverse decades of use and give new life to an old wood bowl.

Skip Black Friday and Make These 15 Crafts Instead

Forget Black Friday. We've got #CraftFriday on the brain.

Have Your Black Tap Shake and Keep That Beach Bod, Too

Make a milkshake Kelis would be proud of.

Beyond the Black Hamburger Bun: 7 Ways to Spookify Your Food This Halloween

Would you dare serve these sinister-looking snacks at your next Halloween bash?

The Little Black Dress(er) + More Investment-Worthy Pieces

You've got the staple in your closet, but what about the rest of your home?

New Year, New Project: Make This Fridge Herb Garden With Recycled Tea Tins

Start the new year off healthy and organized with this adorable tea tin herb garden made for the fridge!

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts