45 Black Kitchen Cabinets for a Dramatic Kitchen Aesthetic

Black Kitchen Cabinets

While white and wood kitchen storage is prevalent in most interior styles, nothing screams dramatic and elegant more than black kitchen cabinets. As part of the neutral color palette, black belongs to the more intense and powerful spectrum that can bring lots of statements to your cooking space, especially when used strategically.

Black is a timeless color that is mostly associated with timelessness and sophistication. It can, however, make your space feel dark and gloomy when used in excess. That is why kitchen cabinets areone of the best features that you can apply this color to because you can have lots of flexibility when designing it.

There are a variety of options when designing black kitchen cabinets. In terms of functionality and depending on how big the space is, you can combine a tall vertical pantry with a cupboard and base cabinet system or opt for base cabinets alone, if you don’t have enough wall space.

Modern cooking galleries will look great with black kitchen cabinets that have sleek, linear, aesthetics. You can use either black or stainless steel hardware and handles or a push-to-open system with no handle at all. Meanwhile, farmhouse interiors such as those with transitional or cottage style kitchens will look best with recessed or batten cabinet doors paired with brass or gold hardware. Glass-front display cabinets, on the other hand, are versatile and can match different styles.

When working with black kitchen cabinets, it is best to balance the use of other neutral colors in other parts of the kitchen to avoid visual overwhelm. This can mean pairing the cabinets with a white or taupe wall, a white stone or tile countertop and backsplash, and a lighter-colored flooring. However, you can also go monochromatic black, especially if you want to achieve a moody and dramatic look.

Here are black kitchen cabinets that will inspire you on how to use this design to create a statement kitchen.

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Scandinavian-Style Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

If you want to make a statement in a light-colored Scandinavian style kitchen, then black kitchen cabinets would be your best bet. The linear qualities of this set match the geometric vibe of the room and maintain its modern feel. Opt for cabinets with legs instead of a solid base for a truly modern Scandinavian look.

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A Mid-Century Vibe

Black Kitchen Cabinets

The vertical characteristics of the black kitchen cabinet are emphasized by its tall cabinet doors and upright cabinet handles. Match the cabinets with a black marble countertop with white veins and install a black faucet to attain a sleek and sophisticated Mid-Century aesthetic.

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Modern Italian Cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Achieve the understated elegance of a modern Italian kitchen by selecting black kitchen cabinets that have linear qualities and a seamless appearance. The modern characteristics of the tall cabinet system and counter cabinets are made more apparent with their clean, handle-less, push-to-open doors. The combination of black cabinets and white stone benchtop, along with the white walls and white flooring, also creates a sophisticated light and shadow effect which enhances the intimate ambiance of the kitchen.

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Mix with Industrial Style Finishes

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Create a statement kitchen by combining your black kitchen cabinets with a stone that reminds you of industrial finishes. The gray aether stone for the backsplash and benchtop provides a compelling backdrop for the matte black cabinets while the alternating open design between the solid cabinets offsets the visual heaviness of the color and materials.

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Plains and Stripes

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Black Concrete

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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The black-on-black kitchen cabinets theme of this space gives off a modernist vibe, especially with its use of geometric lines, all-black concrete finish, custom tapware, and sink. To achieve an uncluttered and sleek aesthetic, keep the rest of the space open and finished in a contrasting light color for the ceiling, walls, and flooring.

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Go Monochromatic

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Photo: dallasbonds

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In Black and White

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Transitional Farmhouse Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black kitchen cabinets provide a nice contrast to transitional style farmhouse kitchens. For a consistent look, opt for cabinet doors with framed panels, pair the cabinets with a white marble or quartz countertop and backsplash, and install it with metallic brass hardware and kitchen fixtures.

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Black Kitchen Cabinet Island with Farmhouse Sink

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Light and Bright Farmhouse Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Maintain the fresh and airy qualities of your interior while using farmhouse black kitchen cabinets by keeping the rest of the space light and bright. It is also possible to use a black stone countertop for these spaces but make sure to stick to ones with light veins or stones with mottled appearances.

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Farmhouse Style Black Stone on Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Glamorous in Black, White, and Gold

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Design a Hollywood glam style kitchen by combining your black kitchen cabinets with white accent cabinets and decorations, and embellishing them with gold details. These modern art-deco cabinets are outlined with gold frame trims and gold cabinet pulls. For a complete look, pair the cabinets with drop globe lights in the same style.

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A Contemporary Black and White Kitchen

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Cottage Style Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Get your dream cottage-style kitchen with black farmhouse kitchen cabinets by using batten-style panels for the doors. Match it with a black stone countertop in waterfall style to frame the cabinets. For the hardware, you can opt for gold pulls or black ones for a monochromatic aesthetic. Complete the look by installing a farmhouse kitchen sink.

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Black and Gold with Farmhouse Sink

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Fade to Black

Black Kitchen Cabinets

The combination of vertical overhead black kitchen cabinets and horizontal base drawers follows a linear composition which is further enhanced by the framed panels. To match the geometry and finish of the cabinets, pair it with a backsplash in matte black subway tiles in a herringbone pattern. Elevate the drama by accentuating the cabinets with gold or brass hardware installed in the orientation of your cabinets and drawers.

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A Moody Vibe

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Modern Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

For a unique modern style kitchen, combine the shapes of your black kitchen cabinets to include both geometric and organic forms. The tall pantry cabinet in combination with the horizontal overhead storage is done in a sleek linear fashion, further enhanced by the straight groves and the black hardware. The dynamic qualities of the island counter, on the other hand, are cladded with vertical slats that create an illusion of movement.

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Black Hardware on Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Black Kitchen Cabinets with Wood Accent

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Give your black kitchen cabinets a pop of color by pairing them with wood in a warm finish. To achieve a clean and contemporary look, opt for push-to-open vertical cabinets and categorize the use of material and finish according to storage type. In this example, the closed cabinets are in matte black color while the wood finish is applied to the open shelving.

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Balancing Black and Wood

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Black and Warm Wood

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Black Paired with Beech

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Sleek in Black

Black Kitchen Cabinets

The black stone top on black kitchen cabinets gives this transitional interior an elegant contemporary vibe. The framed door panels and drawer face lend the cabinets a timeless look while the use of mirror backsplash and white-veined marble give it a modern appeal.

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Louvered Industrial Style Cabinets

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Black Kitchen Cabinets in Shaker Style

Black Kitchen Cabinets

The clean recessed panel design of the cabinet doors and drawer face lend a Shaker-style approach to these black kitchen cabinets while the rectangular bar pulls in matte steel finish lend it a contemporary touch. Maximize your storage capabilities by installing a combination of cupboards, under-counter, and pantry cabinets and drawers.

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Black Cabinets Contrasting Arabesque Backsplash

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Black Kitchen Cabinets with a Touch of Drama

Black Kitchen Cabinets

There is something so dramatic about black kitchen cabinets when paired with a beautifully veined marble stone top and backsplash. Opt for a black matte finish for the cabinet doors and black-on-black hardware to achieve a clean look that doesn’t visually overwhelm the entire composition. The glass cabinet door front also adds to the effect as it elegantly displays the glassware and subtly reflects the kitchen chandelier.

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Elegant Industrial

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Black Kitchen Cabinets in Contemporary Farmhouse

Black Kitchen Cabinets

If you have white walls and wood flooring, one way to elevate the warmth and homey qualities of your kitchen is to incorporate black kitchen cabinets in laminate that displays subtle wood grain textures. For a balanced, contemporary farmhouse look, keep the black tones to the storage and apply the lighter colors to the rest of the kitchen, such as the stone countertop, backsplash, and other furniture.

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Industrial Modern Cabinets

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Black Cabinets on Bricks

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Transform your kitchen apartment into a Brooklyn-style gallery by pairing your textured red brick walls with black kitchen cabinets. For a sleek vibe, integrate your appliances with the built-in cabinet. The slightly protruding cabinet and drawer doors give it an updated and current look while the stainless steel hardware lends a modern industrial aesthetic.

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Black Kitchen Cabinets with White Interior

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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If you want black kitchen cabinets but you find the color too dark or too strong for the entire space, try painting the insides of your cupboard in white instead. Install glass doors to show the elegant contrast of black and white colors. You can also use the same tone of white for the backsplash and countertop for a cohesive look.

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Glass Front Doors

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Glass-front doors can make black kitchen cabinets look visually lighter. It also gives you the opportunity to elegantly display your beautiful plates, stemware, and glassware. When going for this route, it’s best to have the glass doors placed on top for maximum effect and to keep the lower cabinet in either closed drawers or a solid front.

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Keep it Open

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Glass Cupboards with Drawer Bottoms

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Stunning Black Pantry

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Play with heights in your kitchen by combining a tall pantry system with black kitchen base cabinets. For optimized storage organization, you can use vertical doors on top along with horizontal drawers at the bottom. You can also mix the door styles to incorporate recessed panels, glass-front, and X-mullion style patterns to reflect the kitchen’s transitional farmhouse style.

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Elegant Transitional Style Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Farmhouse Black Kitchen Cupboards, Pantry, and Drawer

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Open Up the Top

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Balance the aesthetic of your cooking space by placing your black kitchen cabinets as your base storage. Keep the rest of the kitchen wall bare or simply installing a horizontal ledge on the upper part.

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Black Bar Affair

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Black Kitchen Cabinets in Shabby Chic Style

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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Frame the Stone

Black Kitchen Cabinets

There’s no doubt that black kitchen cabinets can look even more dramatic when paired with an elegant marble with strong vein patterns. One way to create that eye-catching effect is to use the cabinets as a way to frame the marble. You can achieve this by positioning the tall vertical cabinets on both sides and incorporating either a central horizontal false beam or a cupboard on top and a base cabinet system.

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Make the Quartz Sing

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Photo: claudzgaff

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