In the striking 1920s Hollywood home, which belongs to actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, the white island is topped with a contrasting dark countertop. It features cabinet supports inspired by hand-turned spindles spotted in an old bakery.
In the Connecticut kitchen of accessories designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex, the checkered tumbled-marble floor is complemented by white cabinetry and soapstone counters. A rough-hewn beam provides a woodsy touch to the otherwise black-and-white country kitchen, while a factory stool from London adds just a touch of industrial chic to the tailored space.
11 | Visualizer: Bartosz Domiczek Multiple rows of indoor herb planters above the kitchen island give homeowners access to plenty of fresh herbs to clip, and generally contribute to a nice aesthetic with the addition of decorative plants as well.
37 | Visualizer: Tero Design Simple, clean, and minimalistic – the interesting thing about this kitchen is how unbroken all of the surfaces are. Even the floor tiles are huge and contribute to its uncomplicated aesthetic.
10 | Visualizer: JW Renders Gorgeous materials take this kitchen to the next level. Despite the modern theme and construction, brass and marble imbue it with plenty of classic luxury.
35 | Architect: Techne Architects Perhaps this kitchen remains minimalistic to allow the outdoors to take center stage. The view is certainly worth admiring.
13 | Visualizer: Hoski Here’s a look at the same kitchen, but this one forgoes the wall and replaces the wooden floors with highly polished marble ones.
25 | Visualizer: Wiktoria Ginter Chalkboard paint appears in this kitchen too, this time just to the left of the microwave and stove. This chalkboard features a little weekly plan template to make life easier, but grocery lists and recipe instructions are fun ideas as well.
In this Moscow apartment, designer Olga Kulikovskaia-Ashby created a breakfast nook within the black and white kitchen. Pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above the black table. The chairs are by Vitra and the plates on the kitchen counter are by Seletti.
32 | Visualizer: Vlad Mishin Curved surfaces meet crisp lines as a source of contrast that goes beyond the black and while color theme alone. The spherical brass chandelier underscores the warmth of the wood floors.
28 | Designer: PoliformThis kitchen takes a more subtle approach to a futuristic aesthetic with a kitchen worktop that angles inward at the leg. In terms of color, notice how the black and white elements swap places for contrast.
Designed by firm Ashe + Leandro, this Manhattan loft kitchen belonging to Coldplay’s lead guitarist Jonny Buckland and his family blends natural materials with modern finishes, embracing a black and white aesthetic with touches of rustic appeal. Leather-upholstered barstools provide seating around the room’s mahogany butcher.
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33 | Designer: Atmos Studio Fully custom cabinetry brings this kitchen into the future.
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In this storied Manhattan townhouse, architectural firm Leroy Street Studio and designer James Aman devise created spaces that are both glamorous and kid-friendly. Custom-made lacquer cabinetry lines a wall of the black and white kitchen. The barstools are by Philippe Starck, the vintage light fxture is by Stilnovo, and Saarinen Tulip chairs by Knoll surround a table designed by John Meeks.
20 | Designer: Snook Architects Ultramodern architecture combines with black, white, wood, and glass to create a kitchen aesthetic that looks simple but hides tons of detail to appreciate.
5 | Visualizer: Alexander Shabalin White geometric patterns catch the eye immediately! The shadows between each panel compliment the black breakfast bar, grey chairs, and black backsplash.
Young designer Megan Winters infused her dream house in Illinois with Parisian flair and exuberant personality, and this black and white kitchen is no exception. The cabinetry is custom-made and the eye-catching pendant lights are by Urban Electric Co.
In this New York townhouse’s black and white kitchen, the sleek pendants are from a Czechoslovakian factory and the 1940s stools are by Warren McArthur. The oven is by Wolf, the floor is lined with Corten steel tiles and the staircase is suspended from cable supports.
18 | Visualizer: Nefeli Kallianou Strong textures play with the light and bring more variation to these matte charcoal cabinets. Many of the decorative vases and bowls reside on the greyscale spectrum to match.
22 | Designer: Mili Mlodzi Ludzie This high contrast palette makes waves with its geometric design. The stools are from the One collection by Konstantin Grcic.
12 | Visualizer: Hoski This kitchen occupies a very narrow space and benefits from its restricted color theme for a cleaner look. The greyscale canvas really helps to tie the space together.
In photographer William Abranowicz’s Westchester ranch house, pendant lights by Produzione Privata hang above the marble-top kitchen counter, adding a clean, minimalistic accent to the black and white space. The black bar chairs are by Thonet and the milk glass-lined cabinets are custom made. The backsplash tiles are by Waterworks.
14 | Visualizer: DekaaWhile this kitchen doesn’t have a breakfast nook, the dining table does feel like an overall part of the design thanks to its self-contained “floor” that makes it look an extension of the islands.
30 | Visualizer: Dasha Chevrole A concrete accent wall brings just a touch of industrial influence to this smooth kitchen style. The stainless steel range hood furthers the look.
17 | Visualizer: TamizoIt’s hard to go wrong with an all-white kitchen. The grey countertops are a nice touch. Black and white both show dirt quite easily, but grey is a little more forgiving.
In the black and white Manhattan kitchen of designer couple Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie, a glass pendant light hangs above a dark Valcucine island. The photograph is by Eric Slayton.
In this transitional 1890’s Southampton home, designed by Steven Gambrel, the kitchen features glazed, black subway tile on the walls and classic French tiling on the floor. The white hood is custom made.
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2 | Visualizer: Lucas Filip Black-on-black kitchens look gorgeous as well! This one uses different textures for contrast and depth. Nearby, a green rug and a wild vertical garden bring color to this dark and sophisticated style.
In this Brazilian home, designer João Mansur assigned black lacquered cabinetry and a high-gloss painted door to the white-walled kitchen for a noted sense of sophistication. A pair of 19th-century English chairs and a Kartell table add comfort to the space.
39 | Visualizer: Anastasiia Andreichenko We can’t let this post end without one more inspiring chalkboard wall. This one demonstrates the power of an artistic touch.
36 | Visualizer: Daniel Nagaets Marble brings luxurious appeal to this open plan kitchen. While the living room remains casual and classic, it’s hard to ignore the luxurious materials in the background.
In the SoHo loft of designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes, the black and white kitchen features custom-made cabinetry with vintage hardware, 1950s sconces by Gunnar Asplund and 1970s light fixtures. The refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, and the countertops are white glass.
7 | Visualizer: TamizoSame technique, different approach – this kitchen’s focal point is yet another light, but this one stands out simply because of its contrast against the background. The stools used in both kitchens are from the Last Minute collection by Patricia Urquiola.
6 | Visualizer: Inuti Minimalistic kitchens often benefit from some type of sculptural or otherwise eye-catching addition to serve as a focal point. This one uses creatively-routed pendant lights as both a decoration and a functional enhancement to the island.
The Patricia Urquiola Last Minute kitchen bar stools also add to the minimalist beauty of this design.
1 | Visualizer: Who Cares Design Subtle geometric influences bring this matte black kitchen to life. The standing white volume stands as a beacon of light, and offers a cool vertical garden and a few small regular containers to provide on-demand herbs for cooking.
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19 | Visualizer: Vitaliy Pilipenko Dark wood is a traditional and striking choice that looks especially interesting paired up with the white and black cabinetry.
In Courteney Cox’s Trip Malibu home, wood-and-steel bar stools bring rustic flair to the black and white kitchen. Countertops are by CaesarStone, the ovens and a refrigerator are by Gaggenau and stainless-steel sinksare by Franke. The light fixture is from Nessen Lighting.
In this graphic kitchen designed by Darryl Carter, wood beams keep the black and white aesthetic from appearing too stark. The kitchen’s range and vent hood are by Wolf and the sink fittings are by Waterworks.
34 | Visualizer: Oliver Wende Chevron floorboards, a rustic sliding ladder, and classically-influenced chairs add just the right amount of traditional influence to this otherwise strikingly modern kitchen.
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24 | Visualizer: Tomek Michalski Wood countertops bring a touch of chic charm to this stark black and white kitchen. The chalkboard wall to the right allows space to play with color and decoration.
3 | Visualizer: Gabriel Vel Wood isn’t limited to classic style kitchens. Here, muted tones contribute a natural aesthetic without breaking away from the greyscale color theme used throughout.
In this Beverly Hills cottage belonging to designer Madeline Stuart, a lover of the Arts and Crafts movement, the kitchen’s cabinetry is custom made and the flooring is Marmoleum.
Swedish photographer Magdalena Björnsdotter covered the kitchen of her monochromatic, century-old farmhouse in rural Sweden in bright white paint, but added shadows of black on counters and industrial-style chairs. The space includes a flea-market table and a metal-and-driftwood pendant light by Olsson & Jensen.
4 | Visualizer: Olesya Ligay Here’s another kitchen that uses wood, this time as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme. The inset lighting above the range matches well.
16 | Visualizer: AEM Studio Black floors add character to the solid white kitchen surfaces. While this space would likely look wonderful year-round, the winter colors are a perfect complement for the palette used here.
23 | Visualizer: Vitaliy Pilipenko Minimalism isn’t the only option for black and white kitchens. This one uses a variety of textures, tones, and decorations to create a memorable aesthetic overall.
8 | Visualizer: Minimal Architects Color blocking is a technique that applies to black-and-white interiors too. This one uses an all-white kitchen island setup, but makes a dramatic impression with black chairs and pendant lights at the dining room table.
31 | Visualizer: Stanislav Lukianchuk Traditional paneled cabinetry and a rich marble backsplash bring elegance and classic style to this otherwise very modern kitchen theme.
26 | Designer: Jovo Bozhinovski Futurism is such a concrete style. It makes sense to choose a neutral color theme since the larger elements are so difficult to change later on. Here, just switching the color of the chairs would make an incredible difference yet would remain easy to alter later.
38 | Visualizer: Mockup Render Typography makes a bold statement in this simple white and black kitchen. The motivational phrase on the wall is worth remembering if your recipes don’t always go as planned.
40 | Visualizer: İbrahim Ethem kısacık Let’s close out this post with a kitchen that goes big with classic details! The cabinet door panels and tasteful tile patterns gain a wonderful stylistic complement by way of vintage-inspired decor.
21 | Via: Adore Magazine All-white kitchens have their own benefits. Here, the residents could easily change out the black stools and pendant lights for a different accent color if they so wished.
Hostess Rena Abboud’s black-and-white kitchen is ideal for elegant evening socializing with its elegant brushed-metal island. The stools are Lamboro and the pendant lights are Eichholtz.
Fashion designer Jackie Astier’s New York City kitchen is splashed with white cabinetry and Calacatta marble flooring but accented with a black drum pendant light. The sepia-toned tree-lined wallpaper is from Cole And Son.
29 | Designer: Rado Rick Everything about this kitchen takes a unique approach to form. It’s all about the angles! The clean black and white palette works well for this space.
15 | Designer: Void Inc Unique angles give this all-white island a distinctively ultra-modern aesthetic – but the window backsplash is the star of the show. It’s at just the right height to enjoy from the breakfast stools or even the sofas on the other side of the room.
27 | Designer: n lab Also featured in the previous kitchen, the chairs are the work of Verner Panton. They were designed in the 60s but remain just as impressively forward-thinking today. The unique dining pendant light also helps to anchor the space.
Hairstylist Sally Hershberger’s kitchen was designed by architect Brad Floyd and decorated by Joe D’Urso. White vintage stools from Wyeth offer plenty of seating for guests and provide a highlight against the dark iron island.
9 | Designer: U Design Visualizer: Julia Sultanova Glossy surfaces contrast with the matte black wall using both texture and tone.
In this Hamptons home of Oscar de la Renta’s young executive Erika Bearman, decorator Miles Redd created a black and white kitchen that exudes vibrant personality. The kitchen’s stools are by Design Within Reach, the ceiling fixture is from YLighting, the refrigerator and wine cooler are Sub-Zero and the photograph is from Natural Curiosities.
Black and white interiors are impossible to ignore. They’re bold, versatile, and perhaps most importantly, they always allow the interesting architectural elements and fixtures to stand at center stage. This post covers 40 amazing kitchens that use greyscale to their best advantage. Here you’ll see a range of texture and decor options that take their minimalistic palettes to the next level – and there are plenty of great furniture and lighting ideas to consider too. If you love the look but don’t think you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, consider checking out our many black and white bedroom designs too.
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