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5 kitchens that are black, white and the shades in between

With an innate love for monochrome, we're turning our attention to our favourite black-and-white kitchens – as seen on our Pinterest boards. Play with patterns and textures and add unexpected details to bring serious design cred to a kitchen that lacks colour, or incorporate subtle touches of copper and pastels to liven up the space.

a few shades of grey

kitchens This airy, pared-back cooking space masters the Danish sense of hygge. While the colour palette is traditionally cool, the cosy aesthetic is all in the details – from rustic wooden chopping boards to unvarnished stools. Open storage is used to display porcelain crockery, adding to the homely feel, while a backdrop of dove grey softens the overall atmosphere.

white wall, black furniture

kitchens Create a high-contrast look by keeping black and white completely separate. In this culinary area, the walls, lighting and counter tops are white while the furniture and cabinets are black. Light wooden furniture softens the space, while a few pops of pastel shades add a playful, feminine energy to the otherwise stark interior.

a splash of colour


Although not quite black, this inky blue is so close that we're letting it slip in. A display of two-toned magnificence, tiles in a herringbone pattern stand out against the kitchen's navy wall. While playing with pattern can be risky, these tiles are just edgy enough to add interest while still exuding a timeless quality that ensures they'll be as beautiful in 10 years' time. A few eye-catching splashes of copper are found in the lighting fixture and cooking accessories.

black and gold

kitchens At the Boro Hotel in Long Island City in Queens, New York, this kitchen has a familiar, soft industrial aesthetic that merges concrete and wood panelling with chrome, copper and gold. Although the palette is more black and grey – you could argue for a dirty white – the atmosphere is similar to that of a modern monochrome interior.

once you go black

kitchens This kitchen mixes black and white throughout – in the furniture, tiling and fixtures. Black counter tops are modern and slick, while white walls makes a space look larger. Add a lick of gloss (such as that on the table) for a touch of glam, and use darkly hued fixtures for an ultra-sleek finish.
Find more monochrome inspiration on our Pinterest board, here.