The era of the all-white kitchen has come to an end. OK, maybe not. But plenty of designers are ditching stark white for a more dramatic neutral: black. Like white cabinets, black cupboards are incredibly versatile and work well in both classic and modern spaces. It's also an easy trend to try on a small scale with a black accent (such as an island or pantry). Don't believe us? Here are 10 black kitchen cabinet ideas that'll have you running to the hardware store for a can of ebony paint. (But honestly: Call a professional if you can, since painting kitchen cabinets is a huge pain in the you know what.)
1. Black Kitchen Cabinets With Brass Hardware
Brass hardware is an easy upgrade that will instantly make your black kitchen cabinets feel elevated. Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia managed to create elegance and warmth in her black-and-white kitchen by incorporating polished brass pulls, wood accents, plants, and a vintage rug.
2. Black Kitchen Cabinets on Top
Turn this black kitchen cabinet idea on its head by putting the ebony cupboards on top, with something lighter (like warm, rustic wood) on bottom. It's unconventional, for sure, but we're sold thanks to the Charlotte-based firm New Old, which nailed the look in this custom kitchen design.
3. Black Kitchen Cabinets in a Small Space
Don't be afraid to try a black kitchen cabinet idea in a smaller space. The onyx beauties in this space, designed by Megan Oldenburger of Dichotomy Interiors, add dramatic depth. Plus, the kitchen is still bright and warm thanks to white walls, a well-placed window, and walnut waterfall countertop.
4. Black Kitchen Cabinets for a One-Wall Layout
If you live in a loft or studio, black kitchen cabinets are a great way to make your space feel somewhat separate from the rest of your abode. And for a really dramatic difference, add a black backsplash, countertops, hardware, and fixtures. Swoon!
5. Floor-to-Ceiling Black Kitchen Cabinets
If you're ready to go all in on this black kitchen cabinet idea, consider a floor-to-ceiling design, like this stunning space by Chango and Co. Even with commercial-grade stainless steel appliances (and a huge stainless island to match!) the kitchen still feels warm and welcoming thanks to light wood flooring, brass hardware, and a jute runner.
6. Black Kitchen Cabinets for the Island Only
Not quite ready to go all in? A black kitchen island is a great way to try out the bold cabinet trend without making a huge commitment. We love the way Emily Henderson implemented the design trick in this modern-rustic redesign.
7. Black Kitchen Cabinets as an Accent
Black cabinets can have a big impact, even if you only use them for one small (or not-so-small) section of your kitchen. While a black island is the most popular way to go, you can test the black kitchen cabinet idea waters with a pantry, or by lining one accent wall with ebony cupboards like designer Erika Salum did with these Semihandmade fronts.
8. Black Kitchen Cabinets With Butcher Block Countertops
Whether you outfit your whole kitchen with black cabinets or just do a small section, wood countertops are a great way to add warmth to your space. Bre Bertolini of Brepurposed perfected the look with her recently repainted island, but if you'd rather not deal with maintaining butcher block, you can still add warmth with natural elements like cutting boards, wooden bowls, plants, textiles, and more.
9. Mix and Match Black Kitchen Cabinets With Unfinished Wood
Get a super modern look and create a ton of visual interest by mixing black cabinets with unfinished wood like Toronto designer Christine Dovey did in her own kitchen. While you're at it, you might as well take even more inspiration from Christine and mix and match your countertops, too.
10. Or, Mix and Match Black Kitchen Cabinets With White
Incorporating inky-hued cabinets into your cook space is the perfect opportunity to embrace the black-and-white trend. Follow the lead of Australian firm Mim Design and mix black kitchen cabinets with white for a modern look full of bold contrast.
Emily Farris lives in a century-old Arts & Crafts bungalow in Kansas City, MO with her burly husband, toddler son, and two rowdy rescue mutts. She's written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Cut. When not busy cleaning up after somebody, she's posting about drinks and decor on Instagram @theboozybungalow.