wren-kitchens-1Kitchens. No matter what the statistics might show, I still believe that they are the heart of the home. Just a few weeks ago I had some friends over to the Bright.Bazaar cottage for dinner. About thirty minutes after my friends had arrived, someone pointed out how we were congregated in the kitchen and not the living room. One friend was sat on the bottom stair, another lent casually against the fridge, while I had hopped up onto the countertop. We had no reason to be in the kitchen (the dinner was under control) but it was the natural place that we had settled and started catching up. We started talking about what makes kitchens feel so cosy and welcoming. Three out of four of us said how much we liked to see black used in kitchen design because it felt timeless, chic and cocooning. That very conversation inspired today’s post, so I’ve rounded up four stylish Wren Kitchens to inspire different approaches to a stylish black kitchen design.wren-kitchens-2The Linea kitchen takes on an industrial ‘lab chic’ vibe thanks to a fusion of glossy finishes alongside laboratory design elements. Apothecary vases and metallic wall lamps lend a chic industrial vibe to the intense raven black base, which creates a black kitchen representative of the current zest of loft-style design.wren-kitchens-3This second example of a black kitchen design is one of my favourite takes on this decorating approach. The Sculptured kitchen’s minimal decor and contemporary fittings are tempered by tactile wooden touches that soften the city vibe. Notice too how the black has been used in a matt eggshell here vs. a gloss, which also creates a softer and gentler final look.wren-kitchens-4This Shaker kitchen shows that a primarily black kitchen design can feel exotic and vibrant. I named this look ‘moorish delight’ because the statement wall of patterned tiles, paired with the rustic furniture provides a striking contrast to the matt black cabinetry and pendants.wren-kitchens-5

This final kitchen is ideal inspiration for those who would like to decorate with black, but don’t want to create a kitchen that’s too stark or trend-led. This cosy country look is created by foiling the black cabinetry with bare wooden units in order to maintain a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the space. Which of these four approaches to decorating with black in the kitchen do you like best?

* // Photography by Wren Kitchens


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. I personally like black color and this kitchen is just awesome in terms of design. Was just trying to visualize that how will be if the cupboards that are in natural wood color is turned out to be balck.. Doesn’t it look much better..Just as idea. 🙂 Between the pattern on wall is fabulous.

    • @Saikiran – I agree, that wall pattern really brings the moorish delight look to life and makes the blacks in the space central to the scheme.

  2. Love this post, I just posted about modern country kitchens, great minds think alike 🙂 My favourite above would have to be No. 2

  3. I have a weakness in this period with black home decor. I have a black kitchen in my home -actually is a very dark shade of charcoal- and I love it, the style is more similar to the fist one, I’m a fan of industrial style and black is perfect for this! Other styles are very interesting as well!

  4. Good morning. Great post – they are all stunning kitchens, but I think may actual fave here is picture one. Its really chic and I love the chalkboards. The other contender is the last one with the country feel and natural tones softening the black. Black units/furniture is super stylish :O)

    • @ChiChi – Yes, that industrial black kitchen design is really stylish, isn’t it! Personally, I like how inviting and cosy the country look feels in the fourth idea. 🙂

  5. City Slicker is the one for me (that blue green is terrific pop of color). I just did a post on blackboards in the home today and I have shown a kitchen too with blackboard cabinets – it might be a home in England? Love these Will

  6. I love these black kitchens, mostly the first! The industrial touch is so stylish! In my home I can’t use black furniture because is small, a tiny home! But I love to mix white solutions with black details, perfect to give personality to rooms. Have a good evening Will!

    • @Valentina – I really like the industrial feel to the first kitchen, too. Small black touches with a white base can make a striking result too! 🙂

  7. I’m a white-kitchen girl so I would probably choose No. 2 but with different tiles or oak floorboards.

    Totally agree with you on the kitchen being the heart of the home.

  8. My favourite is the 4th option. Overall, I’m not too keen on black in interiours, but I like the classic look and feel of those matte units with the traditional doors. Also, the tiling and pairing with wood and white make it look very classic and at the same time fresh, something I always admire. Also, such a neutral scheme would be so easy to change up with differnt chairs, display on the open shelves and specs of colour etc. … 🙂

  9. Couldn’t agree more. Kitchens are the heart of the home (may be saying that cause I grew up in the south), and it’s the one thing that I’ll have to have my way whenever I get a house. Huge kitchen, with tons of natural light (better for the instagram photos), and that first kitchen is to die for.

    • @Josh – HA! I laughter out loud at the Instagram comment. So true about natural light, though – it makes all the difference. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I love love love number two and three! There is just something so eclectic yet elegant about the combination of black, teal, and copper finishings. And I am always a sucker for a black & white tiled accent…

  11. Thanks for sharing! Your article was nice. Colour is a subject that interests me a great deal. It truly reflects our mindset and execution. Thoroughly agree, Color has lots of effects on our prosperity.

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.