Are you struggling to figure out what colors pair well with black kitchen countertops? If you’ve stumbled on to this post, then welcome! I’m super excited to help you out with this kitchen design dilemma!
You’re likely in one of two camps if you’re searching for black countertop inspiration.
You’ve either decided that it’s time to give your kitchen a facelift, but you’re stuck working around you’re existing black counters and have zero idea how to incorporate them for a fresh new look.
Or, you’re on the hunt for the perfect bold design choice to pair with your dream black countertops.
Either way, I’ve got you covered! But before we dive into all of the beautiful kitchen inspo, I want you to know one thing. Do NOT listen to the naysayers out there who may tell you that black countertops are too modern, or worse, too dated!
This simply isn’t true. Black is one of the most versatile, timeless colors that you could incorporate into home design. It’s all just a matter of how you style it and what materials you choose to marry alongside it.
Black counters bring a sense of chic sophistication to any kitchen and – if done correctly – can offer the perfect blend of modern style with a hint of cozy warmth.
So are you ready to be wowed and fall head over heels in love with black countertops?! Let’s take a look at some of the best cabinet colors to pair with them!
What color cabinets go with black countertops?
Warm White Cabinets
When Kate from Southern Home and Hospitality renovated her kitchen, she embraced the beauty of black countertops. Opting for bold, black granite countertops that resemble marble, she paired them with the paint color Swiss Coffee.
The beautiful creamy white paint allows for a traditional feel while the contrast of the countertops just exudes luxury.
You really can’t go wrong with classic white kitchen cabinets in a shaker style. Without a doubt the most versatile cabinet color you can find. And when Toni from Girl Just DIY took on the task of remodeling her small kitchen, she didn’t shy away from black surfaces.
Opting for Silestone counters in the color Calypso, she gave the space a fresh modern farmhouse vibe.
Nicole from Simply Aligned Home, recently remodeled her kitchen and chose the most stunning black honed quartz countertops to pair with her light gray cabinets.
Honed materials have been a popular design choice recently, and help to create a more modern kitchen.
Michelle’s kitchen from Phlipping Our Home is the entire reason I fell in love with black countertops in the first place!
The dark color combination of hunter green and black quartzite counters creates such an earthy feel when paired with a creamy white zellige tile backsplash.
Are you ready for some bold colors?!
Swati Goorah Designs created this art deco inspired space featuring glazed green cabinetry and black sahara noir polished marble countertops.
But what if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional?
Jenny, from Refresh Living, paired her existing Soapstone counters with the most beautiful shade of sage green paint with Benjamin Moore Caldwell Green.
I’ve always loved Kelly from the Fresh Home‘s kitchen. She embraced her existing black granite countertops and opted for two-toned cabinets to create a more transitional kitchen.
With the lower cabinets painted in Creekside Green from Benjamín Moore, she made the space feel warm and inviting.
You’ll notice that many of these green kitchens are paired with creamy white walls. This is a great way to allow the cabinetry and countertops to truly take center stage in the design.
Black Kitchen Cabinets
Brianna, from Bloom in the Black chose to go with a black on black color scheme for her kitchen island.
Natural soapstone counters are a timeless choice in any kitchen and tend to go well with darker cabinets.
I recently shared the reveal of our black quartz countertops here, and I could not be more in love!
Greige cabinets are quickly becoming a popular choice for renovations and new builds alike. The warm undertones of taupe cabinets are the perfect neutral color to pair with just about any black countertop material on the market.
High Street Homes provides another perfect example showcasing how taupe can be the perfect color to pair your cabinetry and countertops.
Nyla free designs created an absolute show stopping kitchen when they paired these stunning dark blue cabinets with black countertops.
The moody hues give off a very refined luxurious, vibe, while the natural elements of wood in the decor help to make the kitchen feel grounded and casual.
We’ve made the case for some gorgeous paint color combinations to pair with black countertops, but what about going natural?
Wood cabinets have long been a classic, timeless choice for anyone looking to add style and sophistication to their kitchens. Now, the chic-factor gets bumped up even further when these cabinets are paired with black countertops.
Remember Nicole’s kitchen earlier when paired with light grey cabinets?
It turns out to have entirely different view when seen from the opposite side of the island. And boy is it stunning!
The contrast between the warmth of the wood and the edgy darkness of the countertop adds a hint of trendsetting texture that works well in many modern kitchen designs.
Whether you choose marble or quartz for your black surfaces, it will create an elegant statement in any kitchen given its luxurious appeal. Plus, this pairing also generally comes at a more affordable price than repainting your cabinets, so it’s an easy way to achieve a high-end look without breaking the bank.
Should cabinets be lighter or darker than countertops?
So you’ve seen some gorgeous inspiration featuring black countertops, but how do you know what shade is right for your kitchen? It all comes down to the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve in the space, and whether or not all of the architectural features in your kitchen are conducive to light or dark shades.
I truly believe you just have to weigh your options when it comes to this tricky design decision. So to make it easier for you, I broke out a simple list of pros and cons for each cabinet shade option.
Light Cabinetry Shades
- Light cabinets can make a small kitchen feel bigger and more airy.
- They’re also great for reflecting light, which can brighten up a space.
- They tend to show dirt less than dark cabinets, so they’re ideal for busy families or anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning.
- They can be harder to keep clean than dark cabinets because fingerprints and smudges are more visible.
- They may also show scratches more easily.
- If you have young children in the home, light cabinets may not be the best choice as they’re more susceptible to damage.
Dark Cabinetry Shades
- They can add drama and sophistication to a space.
- They’re great for hiding dirt and imperfections.
- Fingerprints and smudges are less visible on dark cabinets, so they require less upkeep.
- They can make a small kitchen feel cramped and dark.
- They tend to show dust more than light cabinets.
- Dark cabinets can be harder to match with hardware and appliances.
Whether you chose a softer shade such as taupe, a dramatic hue like navy blue, or something bolder like bright green, the combination of black countertops and cabinets will create an effect that is both modern and timeless.
Each color of cabinets brings its own look, from rustic charm to sleek luxury. Whatever choice you make for your cabinetry won’t disappoint when pairing them with black countertops!
Have a design question? I love hearing from you! Drop it in the comment section and let’s start the conversation together. Even better – why not share some pictures of your dream kitchen while we’re at it!