Who doesn’t love an all-white kitchen? Clean, bright and airy, they’re the very definition of classic. Without a bit of balance, though, all that gleaming whiteness can look stark—or even worse, boring. To combat this common design dilemma, designers are adding drama by way of sleek black kitchen accents. Not only does it add a dash of modernity to a traditional or transitional space, but they're easy to update if your whims change in future years. Keep reading for great tips on how to punctuate your kitchen with black.
1. Hang a Cluster [above]
Photo by: Rejuvenation
Above the kitchen island, a cluster of three industrial-style pendants can form a creative alternative to the standard chandelier. In the photo at the top of the page, each light hangs at a different length and wears a uniquely shaped Blackberry glass shade, hand-blown in Ohio. With their glossy gleam and inky hues, the shades draw the eye up, accentuating the room’s height.
Get the look: Skidmore with Blackberry scalloped shade
2. Make a Statement with a Stove
Photo by: Williams-Sonoma
Every room needs a focal point, and every kitchen needs a stove. Get it all in one package with a Gloss Black La Cornue range. Renowned for their exceptional quality and longevity, La Cornues are among the most elite equipment a home gastronome can have. To pack a punch, we recommend shiny black with chrome accents.
Get the look: La Cornue CornueFé Stove
3. Take a Seat
Photo courtesy of Rejuvenation
Oftentimes in all white kitchens, the showstopper is an expansive Carrara or Calacutta marble-topped island. As gorgeous as this natural stone is, a massive white block can quickly overwhelm a kitchen without something to temper it. The answer? Choose dark barstools to accompany the island. In the image above, ebonized oak provide adjustable seating and balance out the brightness of the stone.
Get the look: Industrial Stool in Ebonized Oak
4. Bake with Black
Photo by west elm
Everyone expects standard cream bakeware, so why not change it up a bit? This sleek oven-to-table stoneware set from west elm market still retains a touch of classic cream but layers on soft black for a unique twist. Display on open shelving or in glass front cabinets to highlight its good looks even when not in use.
Get the look: Scape Bakeware
5. Get Graphic
Photo by west elm
A built-in breakfast nook sprinkled with throw pillows is an easy way to make a kitchen feel more like a living space. Keep the nook's backdrop relatively neutral (think cream paint and cushions) and instead rely on pillows to add the pop. Tip: Be sure to choose outdoor fabric material for the cushions so stains can be easily wiped away.
Get the look: Chevron Crewel Pillow Cover in Iron
6. Think Two-Toned
Photo by Williams-Sonoma
Deliver some drama to your tabletop by trying the newly popular two-toned trend for dining and serving utensils, perfect for incorporating black with a twist. A white handle made of buffalo bone imparts a ying and yang vibe [above left] while the silver-topped dining utensils offer a more contemporary look [above right].
Get the look: White Bone & Black Horn Salad Servers
7. Punch Up Plates and Platters
Nothing makes meals feel fresher than a set of new dining plates. If you like graphic patterns, go bold by trying a design like the top right dinner plate. Designed through a collaboration with South African artists known for their signature bead-like patterns, these plates deliver a global vibe. For a more classic look, stick with all-white but add a monogram in black. When entertaining, a sleek black cake plate adds pizzazz but can function as a display for collections when not in use.
Get the look: Potter's Workshop Tableware in Dot