Spotlight on: Modern Black Kitchens

One of the exciting kitchen design trends that continues to gain popularity in modern Australian interior design is the shift towards elegant and versatile black kitchens. We are seeing a shift away from white-on-white or neutral colour schemes and more towards bolder and edger styles that are still timeless, welcoming, and practical. Below we take a closer look into how you can achieve this look in your own home, providing insights into various aspects of black kitchens, including design ideas, colour contrasts, materials, finishes, and practical considerations.

The Allure of Modern Luxury Black Kitchens 

The past few years have seen an increase in the popularity of black kitchens. While bold, a black palette evokes a sleek, sophisticated and luxuriant feel in your kitchen space and will instantly make it the heart of your home. Lending itself to modern and industrial-style houses, layering black materials will create a stunning and inviting kitchen space.

Playing with Contrasts: Black and White Kitchens

If an all-black kitchen seems too much for your space, but you’re not sure if you want a white kitchen either, then a monochrome colour scheme might be the answer you’re looking for! A true style statement, we love the flexibility of this palette and the fact that you can choose what features in your kitchen you want to highlight.


For instance, in this modern family kitchen we created in Sydney, lower Alaskan Black Ultramatt cabinetry contrasts with the white marble-look island bench and splashbacks. At the same time, integrated Peak handles keep the look sleek and make the joinery the hero in the room.

Elevating Design with Black Kitchen Handles and Cabinets. 

They may seem like a small detail, but your handle selection will bring your entire kitchen look and style together. Our extensive range has several black handle designs to complement various cabinet colours and finishes.


Opt for a sleek bar handle as shown above and pair it with classic black joinery for a contemporary vibe. If you love a bold twist on the Farmhouse style, consider pairing our Matt Black Cup Pull handles with Shaker-style Sierra doors in a smooth black finish. This is precisely what The Block’s Scotty Cam did in his kitchen (shown below) in last year’s popular renovating TV show series.

The Marriage of Black and Wood: Modern Rustic Vibes. 

A black kitchen doesn’t automatically have to be super sleek and modern. Black cabinetry also lends itself beautifully to Classic Country and Farmhouse kitchen styles. We love to add warm wood tones to the design for a modern rustic appeal. This can be achieved through a timber-look benchtop or open shelving within your design. 

Integrating Black Elements: Appliances, Benchtops, Splashbacks 

It’s not just through your cabinetry selection that you can achieve your dream black kitchen look. Sleek, cooking and cleaning appliances come in many colours, including dark tones and will look right at home in a black kitchen. Can’t find appliances in the right shade? Simply integrate them behind joinery for a seamless look.


Black-toned benchtops and splashbacks will make bold statements – either paired with dark joinery or contrasting against white or neutral shades. Mineral options are available from our surface partners Silestone and Caesarstone, plus our Noir Black Matt Nano Streamline premium laminate offers a cost-effective and easy-to-maintain option.    

Practical Considerations: Maintenance and Lighting 

Are you concerned about finger marks and maintenance that might be part of selecting black cabinetry? Rest assured that our door options are of the highest quality, easy to clean and highly durable. Our most popular black door is Alaskan in Black Ultramatt, which has the added bonus of being UV-resistant, ensuring the intensity of colour over time.


Finally, a clever and thoughtful lighting scheme will transform your kitchen. Our Flexy LED Strip lighting can be placed under wall cabinets to illuminate splashbacks and benchtops or within Broadline Glass cabinets for a stylish look. Statement pendant lights will offer the perfect finishing touch to your room.  

If your dream kitchen look includes black cabinetry, handles and more, bring it to life today! Book an in-store, in-home, or virtual appointment or download our Ideas & Inspiration Catalogue for more images, inspiration, and product information.