Make a bold statement with black in the kitchen

From appliances to backsplashes, don't be afraid of a darker hue
Thursday, April 14, 2016
by Aleksandra Stratton

All-white kitchens have been the popular go-to the past few years: from countertops to cabinets and backsplashes. Now it’s time to make a bold style statement with a darker hue that never goes out of style. Sophisticated and fashion forward, black is officially back.

Whether looking to update the kitchen in a dramatic way with new appliances and countertops, or just wanting to add small touches with new hardware and lighting, there are many ways to incorporate this iconic colour into the hub of the home.


Stainless steel appliances have always had a sleek and sophisticated look, and now this classic finish has a refreshed appeal. KitchenAid has introduced the industry-first black stainless finish that brings impact and drama to any kitchen space. It’s professionally inspired like stainless steel, but more subtle and fashion forward. Available in a full suite of appliances, the fingerprint-resistant satiny finish is easy to incorporate into any kitchen style and has timeless appeal. Whether looking for a traditional, modern or transitional look, black stainless makes a bold statement and brings warmth to any space.

Counters and Cabinetry

Updating cabinetry or countertops is a simple way to introduce a dose of black to existing spaces. New countertops and freshly painted cupboards can easily elevate the look. Take redecorating one step further by contrasting the island with the rest of the space. Opt for white cabinets and a black countertop on the island and black cabinets and a white countertop in the surrounding space. This creates a beautiful and bold visual effect.


Simple or show stopping – there are many options to choose from when updating a backsplash. If looking to make a big change, all-black tiles are the way to go. The look is elegant, streamlined and complements most kitchen appliances. For a kitchen with a wow factor, opt for a graphic and unexpected black and white patterned backsplash. Finally, for a fun and family-friendly kitchen, create a blackboard backsplash – it’s the perfect look for a bistro-style space.


Adding a couple of standout pieces or repurposing existing furniture can make all the difference when decorating a space. Look for chairs or counter stools in a black fabric or leather. If wanting to keep existing pieces, reupholster the seat cushions with a fun black and white patterned fabric and finish the legs in high-gloss black. This is an easy way to change the look and add a trendy vibe to the most popular room in the home.


The saying “it’s all in the details” rings true when searching for accessories to elevate the look of the kitchen. Small changes can make a big impact. Incorporate black by updating existing hardware to black knobs and pulls or hanging a black pendant light over the island. Also, adding a bold kitchen runner, hanging a black and white bulletin board to pin family reminders, or accessorizing the countertop with a sleek black coffee machine or stand mixer, are all great ways to take the first step into black kitchen design.


Aleksandra Stratton is a senior marketing manager for KitchenAid Canada and Jenn-Air Canada.

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