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Close up of Kaboodle marble-look kitchen benchtop, sink and brushed brass sink mixer
Black is the new neutral when it comes to kitchens. Harness this sophisticated contemporary look by matching dark cabinetry with matt finishes and a subtle splash of bling in gleaming accents.

Why you want a dark kitchen

For a kitchen with wow, come over to the dark side. Black cabinetry might seem a little risky to the uninitiated, but it’s the new neutral in kitchen design, serving as a chic and stylish base for other finishes. A dark palette works particularly well in the context of a contemporary kitchen design: the simple, streamlined shapes of a modern scheme paired with dark cabinetry make the kitchen recede into the background, ideal for an open-plan living space.

Close up of Kaboodle marble-look kitchen benchtop, sink and brushed brass sink mixer and hand wash

Material matches for a dark kitchen

Choose dark cabinetry in a matt finish to keep the look sophisticated and help it retreat into the background of an open-plan room – Kaboodle cabinetry in Molasses V captures the look, while the matt black handles used here are almost invisible against the dark cupboards. Timber flooring and cabinetry (try Kaboodle Wattleseed) combine to warm up a dark colour scheme. Capture more texture and contrast with marble-look finishes like the acrylic splashback and laminate benchtop used here. Lights are best kept warm and minimal, like these amber glass pendants, which are designed to cast a flattering glow over the space.

Close up of a full kitchen with model marble bench top, dining table and chairs 

More dark kitchen options

Substituting black for charcoal grey puts a moody Scandinavian-style twist on the dark kitchen trend. Depending on the undertones, deep grey can be a colder colour to work with, but you can bring in the necessary warmth with timber, or by introducing warm metals – think beyond taps with a gold sink and brushed gold cabinet knobs.

If light and bright is your go-to colour palette… 

We’ve got the perfect kitchen to match your style: check out our pale and interesting Scandi kitchen


Photo Credit: Alejandro Sosa 3D


Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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