Black Beauty | The Kitchen Trend of 2023

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Black kitchen benchtops are a great way to create a dramatic and sophisticated aesthetic. It also works well with other cool and dark shades in kitchen designs. While a black benchtop can look striking, it can show up dirt and dust more easily, so it is important to consider your lifestyle when choosing this design option.

Black Benchtop Kitchen

Choosing the right colour for your Black Benchtop Kitchen is one of the biggest decisions to make in any renovation. While safe colours like white, grey, red or yellow are commonly used in kitchens, more and more homeowners are choosing to go against the grain and introduce a dark design aesthetic to their new kitchen.

Black benchtops are the perfect way to make a dramatic statement in your home. They work well with all colour palettes, whether you’re going for a modern, traditional or industrial aesthetic. However, it’s important to note that black doesn’t reflect light and rather, it absorbs it. This is why it’s best to only include a small amount of the colour in your kitchen, for example as benchtops, splashbacks or as an accent wall.

A black benchtop also looks great with a wide range of different kitchen appliance finishes, including stainless steel and gold. For example, the team in Channel 7’s House Rules High Stakes chose Statuario Venato as their Smartstone quartz surface for their edgy kitchen. This dramatic veining worked beautifully with their kitchen’s classic pink, white and grey benchtop appliances, as well as their dark and moody colour scheme. It’s worth mentioning, however, that dark glossy surfaces can show up marks and dirt quite easily so it’s important to choose the right surface for your needs.

Black Bench Tops

Black bench tops are a great way to add elegance and distinction to your kitchen. It is a colour that fits well with any style, from modern to industrial and it works especially well when you want the kitchen’s work surface to be the focal point of your design. Black is also a versatile colour because it works with any type of splashback, whether it’s glass or tile. One disadvantage of using a black benchtop is that it can show dust more prominently than a light-toned surface, so you will need to be more vigilant about cleaning. However, this won’t be as much of a problem if you choose a dark-coloured material with a matte finish. Silestone Iconic Black and Dekton Domoos are two excellent examples of these types of benchtops.

You can create an elegant, minimalist design by pairing your black benchtops with a white subway tile splashback. Or you can opt for a contrasting splashback, such as a red or yellow, to create a striking and vibrant look. If you’re not sure how to incorporate a black benchtop into your kitchen, ask for help from a professional designer or interior decorator. They’ll be able to provide expert recommendations catered to your unique style and needs.

Black Stone Benchtop

The good news is, that Black Stone Benchtop can fit a wide range of interior design themes. They look great with white, beige and pastel yellow benchtops but also look stunning with dark granite, marble-look laminate, Dekton and even concrete. If you love the look of natural stone but aren’t sure about maintenance, consider a black engineered benchtop. It’s a durable work surface that can resist heat and staining. It’s easy to clean and comes in a range of styles. However, it is porous so will need to be resealed regularly.

Prue Gordon of Bryant Alsop Architects uses Paperock benchtops in her kitchen and recommends them for busy households. The material is made from renewably sourced paper and resin. It’s available in solid form or a combination of solid and exterior grade Birch plywood. The latter option is a bit cheaper but still a strong, durable surface that can withstand temperatures up to 180 degrees Celsius.

Caesarstone is another popular option and was used on the winning team’s kitchen in Channel 7’s House Rules High Stakes. This stone is known for its durability and offers a large selection of colours including black. It’s heat, scratch and stain resistant but like all stone, it will chip if hit hard or dropped. It’s a good idea to get a quote from a specialist who has experience installing it and can use the appropriate tools.