Does the mere mention of black countertops conjure up images of glinty '80s granite and send you running for the hills? That was then. The black countertops of today are as timeless as white marble and as versatile as the LBD (little black dress) in your closet, and lend themselves to modern, bohemian, minimalist, and even rustic design.
"Clients are requesting black countertops again and I'm all for it," says Daleet Spector, a Santa Monica-based interior designer. "Black countertops can add contrast to an all-white kitchen or a sense of drama and moodiness when combined with darker colors. Plus, they can hide dirt and stains — a major plus in my book," adds Spector. And there's no shortage of materials to choose from — soapstone, black marble, and even paper. Yup, that's right, paper. Now that we've got your attention, check out these 10 black beauties to learn more.
1. Use wood accents for added charm.
This rustic kitchen by Shea from Studio McGee is what farmhouse dreams are made of. The open wood shelves and rough-hewn beams add warmth, while the dark grout, oil-rubbed bronze cabinet pulls, and wall sconces play up the high-contrast color palette for a look that's clean and full of charm.
2. Let oversize pendants shine.
Oversize brass pendant lights add a touch of glam to this grown-up hideaway by Leanne Ford, and function as attractive replacements to harsh recessed lighting. She keeps things uncluttered by opting for flat-front walnut drawers and forgoing upper cabinetry, a backsplash, and decorative accents. Vintage sconces, a wall hanging, and handmade ceramics add to the bohemian vibe. This baby is pure perfection.
3. Mix elements to create a unique space.
This brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, was completely overhauled by Elizabeth Roberts, but still retains integrity and character. Classic subway tile transitions into a ceiling-height brick backsplash, creating a show-stopping centerpiece. A large all-wood island warms up the surrounding banks of black cabinetry.
4. Create a timeless space with enduring materials.
DeVOL Kitchens, based out of England, is our go-to source for inspiration when it comes to timeless kitchen designs. They never fail to create instant classics by pairing understated, beautiful elements that are anything but trendy. In this jaw-dropper, an oversize Carrara marble backsplash is paired with Belgian blue limestone countertops and deep blue cabinets for old-world charm.
5. An expansive island can do no wrong.
Kitchen islands are the ultimate form-meets-function feature, creating additional counter space and a place for people to linger. Raili Clasen balances out this large-scale island by pairing it with custom wire frame pendant lights and light wood flooring to match the ceiling. Earth tones and a board-formed concrete backsplash add texture and contrast without visual distraction.
6. Use color sparingly.
Black marble countertops and hunter green cabinetry anchor this sweet kitchen by Katie Hackworth that also features mixed metal finishes, wall tile, and dark wood without overdoing any of it. We can't quit that built-in banquette with patterned floor tile.
7. Pair black countertops with a patterned backsplash.
Incredible antique brass sink with integrated dish rack? Check. Open shelving cleverly hung in front of windows? Check. Playful, yet sophisticated tile backsplash? Check. There is so much to love about Seattle-based cookbook author Sara Dickerman's kitchen, envisioned by Chadbourne + Doss, that it's impossible to narrow it down. But, the honed soapstone countertops and modern cabinets with slim pulls elevate this space and have us seeing green.
8. Install thin countertops for an elegant, modern look.
This completely custom modern masterpiece, designed by New York-based Henrybuilt, features barely there Paperstone countertops, an environmentally friendly composite material. Light wood ceilings, cabinets, and floors balance the aluminum backsplash and hood and keep this minimalist space warm and inviting.
9. Pair thicker countertops with a white stove.
Amber Lewis has inspired legions of designers with her Cali-cool laidback style. In this Venice kitchen, cabinets and walls are treated with tongue and groove detailing for additional texture and interest, and thick black counters add weight to the open and airy room. A Lacanche stove is the crown jewel in the whole setting and elevates the look with a touch of French flair.
10. Go for an industrial vibe.
A combination of petite black square mosaic and white diamond tile add a touch of whimsy to this industrial kitchen by Union Studio. We love the wall-mounted pot rack, spice ledge, and chicken wire glass inserts above the metal hood.