Reader request – black kitchens

Posted on Wed, 3 Aug 2011 by KiM

Today’s reader request comes from Beverly: I am considering painting my kitchen cabinets black, at least the lowers. Most likely will do the uppers, which are doorless, in white to keep the room from being too dark. There is no natural light. Do you have any inspirations? I sure do!! I LOVE kitchens with black, whether it be just an island, or a wall, or cabinets. Now without natural light maybe painting the uppers white is a good idea but if you have a reasonable amount of wall space and you paint that white, then you likely could get away with painting all the cabinets black. Plus whatever you are displaying in the door-less uppers will show so nicely against the black. I couldn’t find many photos with black lowers and white uppers but you’ll see in many of these photos that white uppers maybe aren’t necessary.

Canadian House & Home



McGill Design Group

Apartment Therapy


Sköna hem

Coburn Architecture

Elle Decor



Melanie Acevedo

Nuevo Estilo

Rue Magazine

Søren Rose Studio

Piet Boon

Kelly Hoppen

Country Home

Freunde von Freunden

Stuart McIntyre


Black kitchens are great. So rich and classic. Plus practical for young families. Have you seen House Beautiful's 2011 Kitchen of Year? It's also black…

Melanie says:

I love all of these images as I think black is an amazing color for any room. I wish people weren't so afraid of it. My favorite image is the first one of the herringbone tiles – what a great look!
I have posted a couple of times about black rooms – check it out…

Lily says:

LOVE black kitchens !! So many gorgeous options here.


Wendy says:

great round up for black ktchens! i'm still loving white but so many lovely inspirational photos here.

ive never considered two different colors for kitchen cabinets, but im actually really digging those bottom black and upper white cabinets! gorgeous


Sammy says:

We currently have a galley style kitchen and to break things up we went black one side to the roof and white on the other side. Kinda like the Lagerlings kitchen but with matching Carrera marble benchtops and splashback (I think you northern types call them backsplashes? hehe). It looks really effective and I would definately consider doing it again in another reno.

Zsa Zsa says:

I have a weakness for white kitchens, but I must say that a black kitchen looks sleek and sophisticated too! Love all these photos!

Bev65 says:

Thanks Kim, these are a big help. Beverly

Jenni says:

This is the first time I have seen a kitchen done with the upper and lowers in a different colour! I think it looks so modern, I love it! Having the black on the bottom really blends in the dishwasher, either in black or stainless steal. It just looks great overall, thanks for the post. I am for sure going to suggest this a friend who is looking to renovate their kitchen!

Kristian says:

Thanks for the inspirational photos, and (much more importantly) thanks for a fantastic list of blogs to watch! 🙂

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