Written by Anne-marie Burian
Once considered a daring choice, fast forward to 2021 and black kitchens are becoming an increasingly popular option for those wanting an elegant statement at the centre of the home. Black is the colour of mystery and power and naturally provides dramatic appeal. The moody hues of this residence, located in Melbourne’s Sandringham and built by Construct Melbourne, add chic sophistication and the kitchen also provides a stylish central zone for the family to gather. But just how should you delve into the dark arts of designing an inky hued kitchen?
Ensure adequate lighting
Dark colours absorb light. It is important to include adequate lighting when designing your kitchen to maintain balance. In this residence, the combination of open plan layout, cathedral ceilings and generous windows provide plenty of light. This allows appreciation of the depth of colours and details present in the marble bench and splashback. Pristine white walls and light timber flooring soften the intensity of the striking black cabinets and provide balance between light and dark.
Faucets and fixings
Carefully consider the details you wish to capture attention. Feature faucets and fixings can add contrast and visual interest – brass, brushed nickel or white will offer a stark contrast, depending on your style. This kitchen uses matte black tap ware that dissolves into the surrounding aesthetic seamlessly, allowing for intentionally minimal sophistication.
Benches and splash backs
Pairing black kitchen cabinets with textured materials such as timber, concrete, marble, and exposed brick provides rich character. This kitchen uses black Marquina Lithostone with subdued marble vein for the waterfall bench top and splash back, capturing simplicity without monotony. Black cabinets can be used to frame island benches and splash backs when using contrasting hues, while black joinery can draw the eye to the space as a whole. A white marble island, against black joinery, is a great statement look for a kitchen.
Black cabinetry offers a polished canvas to highlight accent colours of décor and art in the foreground. In this home, décor, furniture, and art complement the home, striking the optimal balance between minimalism and charm.
Black surfaces can show fingerprints and dust more readily, however technology has progressed significantly in this area to put your mind at ease. This kitchen utilises touchless matte black Laminex joinery so you can enjoy flawless beauty without pesky fingerprints.
Photography: Simon Shiff