Black is the New White in Kitchen Design

It’s been populating Pinterest, getting serious play in design magazines, and emerging as a force within the industry: The moody black kitchen, which Architectural Digest recently designated as the new “It color.”

“We are starting to see black being used in a much bigger way,” Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, told AD. “This is different than just larger black appliances or maybe a black countertop. This is about the move to black cabinetry, black paint, black flooring, and different black shades for countertop appliances.”

This look, which the article dubbed as “the Little Black Dress of interior design,” aligns perfectly with the chic minimalism that Porcelanosa kitchens are known for. It’s easy to achieve using our modern cabinet lines, accessories, floor and backsplash tiles, or Xtone porcelain slabs – whether you want to go all in or merely use it as an accent.

The drama is obvious with XTONE Liem Black Polished porcelain draped across the kitchen walls, counters and cabinetry – especially contrasted against the pale parquet of the wood-look Heritage Colonial floor tile.


You can also heighten the intensity of white stone when it’s surrounded by black, like you see here with an XTONE Glem White Polished countertop and backsplash, which seems to glow from within the dark cabinetry that surrounds it.


The same is true for wood. The golden hues of Roble Polvo-veneer cabinetry pop from a combination of high-gloss cabinetry and XTONE in Liem Black Silk, which wraps the range hood, island counter and flooring.


Dark accents can serve to make everything else in the kitchen shine. The weathered-look XTONE Oxide Grey Nature adds a raw, industrial tension to the polished white cabinetry and smoothed wood elements that line the island.


Black can also serve as a neutral element, especially in open-plan spaces where a kitchen area mingles with the family room. The Limo matte lacquer cabinetry travels all the way to the XTONE Liem Dark Polished fireplace surround in this kitchen/family room space. The overall effect is that the dark colors recede from view, placing the focus on the furnishings – and the furniture-like counter section that serves as the dining table.


Even if you’re not a fan of the full-on, inky black tones for your kitchen plan, there are plenty of lighter hues that achieve a similar effect. This kitchen is filled with light, for example, even though the cabinets, oven wall and island are wrapped in XTONE Liem Dark Polished porcelain slabs. In another setting, such as the kitchen above, this slab can take on a much darker effect. Yet here, surrounded by creamy white tile, pale wood and natural light streaming through the window – the porcelain resembles a lighter gray, whose white veins pop even more as a complement to the creamy tones around it.


Likewise, the graining of the Eucalyptus Smutty laminate cabinetry and built-in dining area invites the play of light and dark – complementing the palest-gray Cement Brillo island cabinetry and the mottled Granito Cheyenne countertop.


As you can see, black kitchens can impart a host of different shades and effects from light to dark, just as the iconic “little black dress” can come in a thousand different styles.

Interested in learning more? Contact one of our designers at a showroom near you, start by looking through our Kitchen Catalog, or order complimentary samples of our tile to see how it looks in your own space.