Dark coloured kitchens can be executed in many different ways to show off a variety of different styles and trends. They can be all black, have dark cabinetry offset with wood tones, or monochromatic matched with a feature stone benchtop and splashback.

You might be thinking about using dark cabinetry in your kitchen colour scheme, but not quite sure which way to go? To inspire you we’ve compiled a list of five different ways you can think about embracing this bold new trend in your kitchen design.

Black on Black

The boldest combination you can choose with a dark kitchen design is pairing black cabinetry with a black benchtop or black splashback. If you like the sound of this we do recommend working in some subtle highlights in a contrasting colour or choosing a black stone colour like Caesarstone Vanilla Noir that has a classic black base with light white veins.

Texture in the form of a tiled splashback is also another great consideration for an all black design to create some variety in the elements. Another idea is to incorporate a glass window splashback to bring in lots of natural light.

Black on Black


Black and white combination kitchens are timeless. Using white features to offset large areas of dark cabinetry can be very easily done through the use of a striking stone benchtop and splashback.

Pictured below we paired Polytec Black Woodmatt cabinetry with black matt handles for a seamless dark and dramatic effect. For the island bench we selected a richly veined natural marble with a white base to create a striking island feature that looks sleek and sophisticated.

Monochrome kitchen designs

Two Tone

When choosing black cabinetry for your kitchen design it’s on trend right now to work two strong colours into your design. This kitchen pictured below was designed to capture a Geogian-Toorak style with french overtones. Monochrome in it’s appearance it also has two distinct uses of colour

The central island in this design is all white; whilst the remainder of the cabinetry is all black offset with a white benchtop. The shaker style doors selected for the dark cabinetry add texture to this design and provide a timeless appeal.

Two Tone

Darker Shades

Darker in it’s appearance but not quite black you can still create the drama of a black kitchen using darker shades of grey like Polytec Bottega Oak like shown below. Paired with Caesarstone Raven benchtops it delivers that striking moody effect.

Wood tones work exceptionally well in darker kitchens providing that important contrasting element. In this kitchen we have created a layered feature to the corner of the benchtop using Polytec Natural Oak. We have also balanced the introduction of wood tones through the use of floating shelving and wooden bar stools.

Ideas to Make your Kitchen Stand Out

Mix and Match

The easiest way to embrace the dark cabinetry trend is to incorporate sections of dark colour into your design, mixed and matched with contrasting selections and textures.

This kitchen we built in Perth does this extremely well applying Polytec Cinder Matt to the island base and sections of overhead cabinetry. Combined with Polytec Tasmanian Oak to the oven stack and lower cabinetry black still runs as a feature in these sections with black finger rails, window frame and kick board.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this feature on some of our favourite kitchen design styles that really inspired us to do what we do. If you’d like to see them in person, contact our office on 1300 270 000 to book a showroom appointment, and chat with our award-winning consultants on how you can transform your kitchen, today!

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