Black Kitchen Inspiration

If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen we had a bit of a scare at our Skyline Project this weekend…We walked in to EVERY built-in in the entire house along with overspray on the walls and floors being painted completely black. I just about pooped my pants. The plan has always been for the kitchen cabinets to be black, but everything else was to be white. The black cabinets are going to be the statement in the space. I love the bold contrast with white surroundings. Thank God everything is fixable…especially paint.

To calm myself down from my BOLD decision to paint my kitchen black I have gathered my favorite black cabinet inspiration. I hope they inspire you to make bold choices that you love even if it’s a little scary and I hope it helps me calm down after the scare 😂

Chris Loves Julia has been one of my favorite design blogs for a while now. They have such a unique style and share ALL their sources. Their kitchen cabinets are from IKEA. You can read about their experience with them on their blog!

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I love the black cabinets teamed with warm wood elements. It creates such a homey feeling in a space. 

DESIGN: Salvage Dior

DESIGN: Salvage Dior

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DESIGN: House Tweaking

DESIGN: House Tweaking

DESIGN: Studio McGee

DESIGN: Studio McGee

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Of course we had to include Studio McGee! I love the color of these hardwoods with the cabinets and hardware 😍😍😍

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DESIGN: JoAnna Gaines

DESIGN: JoAnna Gaines

Even the queen of white has executed black in such a sophisticated, modern way. She also used black cabinets in their bed & breakfast and staged kitchen in the Magnolia storefront.

UPDATE: This is how my cabinets turned out. Though my journey to this shade of black wasn’t as simple as it should have been I don’t have any regrets. 😂 If you want to learn more about my home project and our progress, follow me here!

Things to Consider When Painting Your Kitchen Black:

  1. They are more susceptible to scratches…This is what my painter says. I was willing to take the risk and I plan on updating you in a year to share if this is true or if he is just trying to ruin my design dreams 😋

  2. Do you have good natural light? I wasn’t afraid to go dark because we have giant windows in the living room that opens to the kitchen. If you’re lacking natural light your kitchen might end up looking more like a dungeon from the Game of Thrones….No one wants that.

  3. Black is a little more challenging when picking paint than white. It’s similar to a gray where the undertone can really show through depending on the lighting. I’ve seen many blacks read navy or green. I chose Caviar by Sherwin Williams. To me, it looks like a true black. I also really like Black Magic by Sherwin Williams. We used Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams for mom’s “black” island and it’s a little more charcoal than black which is perfect for her design.

I hope this inspiration and tips stretch your creativity and make you brave in your design decisions. I’m feeling much better about my commitment to black cabinets 😉

What are your thoughts on black cabinets? Are you brave enough to try now that you know even JoJo’s doing it? Share in the comments below! We love hearing from you.

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    1. Well I won’t lie…they show EVERYTHING. I love the look and don’t regret it but we’re going to paint them olive pretty soon. I think it will camouflage a lot more kitchen grime than black.

  1. HI! I am thinking about painting my cabinets black. So did it show scratches more than white cabinets wood?

    Also, what white color did you choose for your walls?

    Thanks 🙂

  2. I would like to get some information on how you placed the long counter by the window and how it is supported. I am looking to create a workspace in front of a window in this same way. thank you.


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