Kitchen colour trends: Design ways to use black

If you’re lusting after dark and dramatic kitchens and living spaces, you’re certainly not alone. Log onto Pinterest or Instagram and you’ll be spoilt for choice by the huge selection of beautiful images of black interiors that are currently trending. It’s the same over on Houzz, where searches for ‘dark’ and ‘black’ interiors recently made their way onto its most popular list for the first time and searches for ‘black kitchens’ soared by 46% year-on-year.

Here at Pronorm, we’re not surprised to see bold shades are proving popular. After all, there’s nothing quite as chic as a black kitchen and, as far as we’re concerned, it’s a colour that simply never goes out of fashion.

So whether you’re planning to go all out with this design trend or merely add a few dark accents to your interior, read our essential guide to black kitchens for all the inspiration you need:

The beauty of black

If you’re looking to make a bold design statement with your kitchen cabinetry, you can’t go wrong with an all-black colour scheme. It will add instant impact to your space and can create a sophisticated and inviting aesthetic, as seen on our contemporary Organic Matt Black kitchen. As well as being super-sleek and tactile, the luxurious, ultra-matt finish is hardwearing and highly practical with a UV coated lacquer and hygienic, anti-fingerprint layer that makes the surface easy to clean. 

Colour blocking

All-black kitchens aren’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the trend for dark decor. Colour blocking – teaming two or more toning or contrasting colours together – will allow you to introduce beautiful black shades to your interior in whichever way you choose. Cabinetry is perfect for this and can help you add real impact to your home.

In this contemporary colour block kitchen, we’ve used Organic Platinum, a green-grey colour in an ultra-matt finish, on the handleless island unit and splashback area, which is framed by veneered woodgraincabinetry in Open Grain Oak in Black. Fenix matt black worktops complete the look.

The wonder of woodgrain

Blending and contrasting black with warm and inviting woodgrains is a great way to create a modern-rustic vibe. With an abundance of practical storage space, our ultra-chic Organic Matt Black and Walnut kitchen, which is seen here teamed with black appliances, has a homely charm and is super-luxe as well as liveable.

Finishing touches

Don’t underestimate the power of smaller design details to create style statements and a tie the look of a dark kitchen together.  Our steel-framed open shelves can introduce a touch of black charm to your kitchen and will also add a chic, industrial vibe too. They work particularly well when combined with cabinetry in a warm and luxurious finish, such as our Steelbrush Gold ultra-matt door, which is seen here

Illuminated glass display cabinets look particularly striking when paired with a dark scheme and also will put your prize possessions centre stage. They come with back panels in a wide variety of colours, including black, which is ideal if you’re looking to add subtle accents or continue an all-black aesthetic.

Likewise, our drawer systems are available with matching accessories in black oak to provide the perfect finishing touch to your black kitchen.

Providing the best of both worlds, black tambour doors can help keep your everyday essentials close to hand when you need them and neatly concealed from view for a sleek, streamlined look when you don’t.

If you’d prefer a more discreet solution without having to completely hide everything away in a cupboard, a display cabinet with filigree metal doors in black might provide the perfect, industrial-style solution.

In an open-plan design, consider using furniture to provide a subtle link between kitchen and living zones and continue your black theme with our steel framed shelf unit. This one is freestanding and there are options that hang on the wall or down from the ceiling. They complement kitchen cabinetry beautifully and help you create a cohesive look.