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Black & white kitchens add sophistication to the home.

Mark Lavender of M.Lavender Interiors

In a mostly white kitchen by Mark Lavender of M.Lavender Interiors, black cabinetry under the island plays nicely with the black granite countertops and backsplash tile by Artistic Tile. Matte black pendant lights by Currey & Company, through CAI Designs, and a little touch of black paint behind a built in shelf above the sink complete the picture. Range and wall ovens by Wolf, faucets by Brizo.

Color is a much debated topic in the design world. But for kitchens— with some slight detours into avocado green or blush pink—the default palette has historically been white. Not so anymore. Enter the sophisticated black kitchen.

Whether you decide on a range from charcoal to deepest black, or would prefer some black accents to go along with the rest of your decor, black adds a level of depth and visual interest that excites and intrigues. It pairs perfectly with almost anything, especially white.

Colorist and interior designer Martin Kesselman specializes in monochromatic rooms, and especially loves how dark colors cause the edges of a room to melt away. “Sometimes people think an all black room will feel enclosed, but actually, especially at night, the walls and ceilings disappear in the shadows and you are left with a very expansive feeling.”

As a design trend, it’s not hard to see the allure, and most kitchen brands have seized on the trend with everything from cabinetry and lighting to appliances, tile, and hardware. A designer can help with decisions about finishes, since black can show fingerprints more easily than white.

Our portfolio of black and black-accented kitchens show that this livable trend is here to stay.