10 Black Kitchen Islands With Seating We Can't Stop Crushing On

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We know that a black kitchen is all the rage these days. From black countertops to black cabinets to black flooring, we've definitely been lured to the dark side when it comes to our cook spaces.

But perhaps you're not ready to go all in. In this case, may we recommend considering the dramatic hue for your kitchen island? It will bring a touch of the dark color trend into your space without overwhelming the airy look you're aiming to accomplish. Additionally, we think that kitchen island seating looks especially modern and striking when paired with charcoal shades. Leather and wood materials suddenly stand out against the dark backdrop, and we can't get enough.

So if you're like us and dreaming of a black kitchen island with seating, scroll on to see 10 dreamy culinary spaces that have nailed the trend.

1. Cognac and black is a gorgeous combination.

For a no-fail combo that will make your black kitchen island with seating look amazing, pair with cognac leather counter stools. The blend of the two colors is fresh and modern while still remaining classic and trend-proof, an aesthetic that works flawlessly in this space styled by Jen of The Effortless Chic.

Get the look: West Elm Slope Leather Bar & Counter Stools in Halo Leather, $449 - $524

2. Consider dramatic visuals.

Black kitchen island ideas already err on the side of dramatic, but a black and white quartz waterfall countertop paired with a rich wood back panel and contemporary, streamlined stools? It's a look that isn't for the faint of heart, and we love it. Bobby Berk, we approve!

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3. Include interesting details.

When dreaming up your black kitchen island with seating, you can keep the visuals from looking flat by incorporating one-of-a-kind touches. For example, Lulu of Dustylu chose paneling to punch up the look of her culinary hub, which is coupled with leather stools in modern silhouettes. The waterfall countertop doesn't hurt either.

Get the look: Farrow & Ball Off-Black

4. Wrap in metallic finishes.

Metallic finishes, such as brass, happen to look impeccable when meshed with a black kitchen island with seating. It instantly elevates the visuals, proven in this transitional design by Sita Montgomery Interiors.

Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black

5. Layer shades of black.

So, obviously we are all for cognac leather and dark wood when it comes to kitchen seating, but black stools and a black island? You can't go wrong, and it'll look oh-so-cool and sleek. The black-on-black look is perfected in this rustic design by Emily Henderson.

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6. Stick to the classics.

We're fully aware that black kitchen island ideas are fairly modern and weren't often seen in bygone eras. But if you're gravitating toward a mix of current and classic in your cook space, place old-school stools alongside your ebony-colored island, which is exactly what Sonja and Alex of A Couple Cooks did in their kitchen.

Get the look: Tabouret Metal Vintage Bar Stools (Set of Two), $151.95

7. Opt for clean lines.

If you're nervous that a black kitchen island with seating will overwhelm your cook space, never fear. Just choose pieces and aesthetics with clean lines to keep it looking simple and uncomplicated. That's what Shea of Studio McGee did here, with a linear black and white island and straightforward stools.

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8. Be eclectic with your color choices.

When you opt for a black kitchen island with seating, it's easy to weave in other colors as well. For instance, in this modern space designed by Sacha and Melissa of Leclair Decor, the black hues play well with white accents and light wood finishes.

Get the look: CB2 Woven Black Leather Bar Stools, $479 to $499

9. Make wood stools stand out.

Here's something you can count on when refreshing your culinary headquarters: Wood stools in any shade will pop when paired with a black kitchen island and other ebony-colored details. For a really eye-catching look, take a page from this design by the team at Kresswell Interiors and choose a black island, black cabinets, and a black backsplash.

Get the look: Nuevo 24 in. Maja Leather Counter Stool, $748

10. Keep a luxe look in mind.

There is something about a black kitchen island with seating that screams, "Oooh, this is sophisticated and luxurious." When going with this look, take the all-in approach and select brass seating, a marble backsplash, wood countertop, and traditional floral accents, something that Karin Bohn clearly excels at, as witnessed in her own cook space.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Black


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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