Dark Delicacy: How to Bring a Brilliant Black Island into your Kitchen

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Functionality and ergonomics are indeed an essential part of the kitchen design. But every kitchen needs that ‘wow factor’ – a little element that elevates its visual appeal. Different people prefer different ways to get this done. Some might turn to lighting while others could take the help of tiles and accent walls. But today, we look at homeowners who have used the kitchen island to usher in this ‘x-factor’ and have done so by going down a dark lane! A black kitchen island is what we are talking about and this fabulous addition promises to instantly alter the ambiance of your existing kitchen.

Classic English Country style kitchen island in black is a showstopper

A dark kitchen island serves you well in more ways than one. With even small kitchens embracing the idea of a spacious central island, it is barely a surprise that colorful kitchen islands are now more common than ever before. But the black kitchen island is in a class of its own – ushering in a dark focal point that feels modern, stylish and exclusive. But how do you arrive at this choice and what other things do you need to consider before committing to a black kitchen island? Today’s guide along with the many inspirations will surely help you in making this choice.

1. Pick a Style

We start at the most obvious point and that is the style. We are not talking about the style of the kitchen alone but also that of the island, the visual appeal it needs to exude and its overall form. A black kitchen island is instantly noticeable and makes a much bigger impact on the style of the kitchen than once draped in wood or painted white. You should think about the size of this island (for functional reasons as well) where it needs to be placed and how the black finish will work with the overall picture of the space.

Painting the kitchen floor and the island black! [From: A & T Cabinet Makers]
Small kitchen with glossy brick wall backdrop and island in black! [From: Francois Berube Interiors]
Minimal Scandinavian kitchen with a black island

2. Contrast and Impact

Black as a color looks great in the kitchen for a wide variety of reasons. The most obvious one of them all is how modern kitchens are filled with neutral colors and pale hues, requiring a bold color among the mix to highlight and delineate different spaces. Black does this with ease. Be it in the modern-industrial style kitchen with a brick wall backdrop, a Scandinavian style kitchen draped in gray or just a contemporary kitchen in white – the black island blends in and stands out as well pretty much everywhere.

Modern industrial kitchen in white with a black island
Black central island anchors the breezy kitchen in white and blue

3. Anchoring the Space

The black kitchen island does much more than just highlight the specific area of the kitchen. In a kitchen with neutral colors and plenty of natural light, it anchors the space beautifully and does so without trying too hard. It also can weave different elements of the kitchen together and give an eclectic style kitchen a more curated look. You can fall back on its stoic presence during a style change or renovation and it can be the one central piece around which a new kitchen is built.

Glittering black tiled backsplash complements the kitchen island elegantly
Lovely modern classic kitchen with a dark central island and polished stone finishes

4. Cabinets and Lighting Fixtures

Speaking of ways in which the island in black can bring different kitchen elements together, this dashing addition can combine different black kitchen additions like the pendant lights above, the cabinets behind it and other black accessories spread across the room. In an industrial style space it can weave together different metallic elements and in the Scandinavian style kitchen, it can create a relaxing black and white color scheme with a sprinkling of color.

Repeating black and dark elements throughout the kitchen for a curated look [From: USI Design & Remodeling]
Sleek and contemporary kitchen island in black with illuminated open shelf
Black kitchen island with white countertop and open shelving

5. Colors that go with Black

There are plenty of colors that can be combined with the black kitchen island and can be done so with ease. Orange, gold and yellow bring in the wow factor while usual suspects like blue and white offer a more sober backdrop. Much like white and gray, black also fits in with a large range of styles and colors when used right. Just make sure though that you do not fill the room with too much black!

Pops of gold bring brightness to the black and white kitchen [From: Paper Moon Painting]
Modern farmhouse kitchen with black wooden cabinets, island and glittering lighting fixtures

6. Functionality as Essential as Form

Do not ignore the functional aspect of the kitchen island as you focus on its color, the material and hue of the countertop and its other aesthetic aspects. Once again, we strongly suggest you take a look at the size of your kitchen and whether you actually need an island for it before thinking about its color and shape. The black kitchen island is a showstopper that can also be understated. Adaptable and easy to work with, it might be the one constant in your constantly changing kitchen.

Natural stone brings black and shades of gray to this kitchen
Exotic stone kitchen island ushers in black with textural beauty

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