White marble — especially the snowy and subtly veined carrara — has long been a dominant material in kitchens. If you're looking for something a little different, or want to embrace the trend of darker, more layered looks that are coming to the kitchen lately, consider black marble. It has all the loveliness of its lighter counterparts, stains less easily, and is a great way to add class and character.
In this kitchen from Dwell, a island clad in an intriguing slab of black marble provides a lovely contrast to very light floors. Also lead image above.
Black marble seems especially luxurious when paired with metallics, as seen in this kitchen from Massimo Adario.
A shiny black marble backsplash saves a (mostly) all-white kitchen from Stiff + Trevillion from bland sameness.
I'm especially enamored with this kitchen from Bo Bedre, which uses black marble all over (the waterfall edge detail is nice) and pairs it with wood cabinets with a beautiful texture and grain.
This kitchen from Mim Design pairs black and grey marble with white cabinets and wood accents, for a look that's minimal but also gives you plenty to look at.
In this kitchen from Milk Decoration, the homeowner saved a little money (and a lot of headaches) by pairing a black marble backsplash with a solid surface countertop. Marble is notoriously high-maintenance — it can etch and stain easily (although the staining is less of an issue with darker marbles). Using it as a backsplash brings its beauty into the kitchen, without a lot of the attendant worry.
Black marble and black cabinets make for a moody, stylish kitchen from Shannon McGrath.
You can also get a look similar to black marble with less maintenance (and a little less expense) with soapstone. Soapstone countertops (like the ones in this kitchen from Simply Grove) have been gaining in popularity lately, and it's not hard to see why.