Deeper, darker colors for kitchens will reign supreme this year, says HouseBeautiful.

And by deep and dark, they mean black. Jet black. Coal black. Inky black. Why? Black is dramatic. Black is dynamic. Black can be dazzling, too—even when it’s limited to accent features, including countertops, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, or cabinetry hardware. (After all, not everyone’s ready to sign off on a black-tile wall or perimeter cabinets dressed in glossy black paint.)

So if the new or existing kitchen just needs a bit of drama, rock that trend for deep, dark colors by adding black accents. Take this kitchen by interior designer, Lauren Smyth, for example. Its classic white Shaker-style cabinets get a fashion-forward boost with matte black hardware. From Hardware Resources’ Jeffrey Alexander Lyon Collection, these knobs and cup pulls in a Matte Black finish offer stylish contrast against the white backdrop, tied in with the black countertops for a stunning result.

Interior design by Lauren Smyth
Image by David Fisher
Smyth specified Black finish knobs and cup pulls from Hardware Resources’ Lyon Collection to jazz up the new kitchen furnished with white Shaker-style cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and black countertops for Alturas Homes, the premier home builder in Boise and Treasure Valley, Idaho.



Interior design by Lauren Smyth
Image by David Fisher
The repetition of matte black knobs and cup pulls carries the eye throughout the kitchen Smyth furnished with white Shaker-style cabinets and white-tile backsplashes. Dramatic black countertops clad the island and perimeter cabinets and she also used black for display shelves in the niche between the refrigerator and wall ovens. Hardwood flooring helps warm up the look.



Not just a pretty face, the matte black finish of the nearly 5-inch-long Lyon cup pull and 1 ½-inch-long football-shape knob resists fingerprints.


Another way to jazz up a kitchen without doing a gut remodel is to bring in an island with a contrasting finish. Did you guess we would suggest black?

Both the kitchen and adjoining family room get a style upgrade from the presence of a furniture-style island with a granite top and coordinating hand-applied distressed-black finish. From Hardware Resources, the Tuscan island—which boasts cabinet storage on one side and open shelves on the other—can be ordered with a hard-maple butcher-block top.


You may have noticed that the kitchen island shown above wears Distressed Pewter finish hardware (Hardware Resources’ Glenmore Collection from Jeffrey Alexander) that blends in with the cabinet exterior. If you’re looking for a more expressive option, consider that same Lyon Collection of hardware in Brushed Antique Brass that will pop against a black finish.


Lyon cup pull and knob in Brushed Antique Brass will enliven black cabinetry.


Well, what do you think about this latest kitchen trend?

What are you telling homeowners about kitchens with black components? We’d love to hear. If you’ve got a black or partially black kitchen to share, please post a pic here so we can admire your work!

  1. Black is always in style, classic and striking, it provides a little touch of contrast and sophistication to a space without a lot of difficulty. I’m in love with matte black finishes, especially on cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures.

  2. I get asked about trends and @HardwareResources is giving a great example of how black is one of THE biggest trends in interiors as noted in this article in @HouseBeautiful. We’ve been using a lot of it in kitchens for plumbing fixtures and because it’s been so big, have added in black sinks to one of our vanities in
    to be part of this trend. Add a lot of the hardware and a lot of @HardwareResources matte black hardware would be perfect on one of our vanities or as a kitchen accent!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: