19 Timeless Black and White Kitchens That Will Convince You to Go Monochrome

updated Mar 19, 2024
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If a kitchen renovation is in your future, why not consider a black and white kitchen? It’s the most of-the-moment kitchen aesthetic, and for good reason: the contrast between the two colors simply can’t be beat.

What’s more, you can style a black and white kitchen any way you’d like. Make it elegant with brass kitchen hardware; make it Scandi style by keeping it minimalist and sticking closely to the black-and-white color palette. Make it trendy by adding a black sink.

Here, for your inspiration, are 19 incredibly stylish and timeless kitchens that use contrast to their advantage. Whether they have a minimalist or boho vibe, these black and white kitchens keep the color combo chic rather than dreary.

1. Dark Academia

This Oakland loft used to be an elementary school, and we love how the designer’s leaned into the its academic roots in the kitchen. The rustic wooden cabinets transport you back to elementary school art class, while the contrasting black and white features give us major dark academia vibes.

2. Modern Classic

In an effort to maintain this traditional New York home’s history and charm, the owners were careful with its restoration. They added bold personality to the kitchen with the black cabinetry and splashy white marble backsplash, while respecting its roots.

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3. High Contrast

The dark paint and bold flooring did its job in this kitchen update — hiding imperfections to buy time before a full renovation. In this black and white small kitchen, the contrasting color scheme combined with the eclectic decor gives the space tons of personality.

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4. Pops of Color

Kate Pearce did a beautiful job of brightening up her black and white small kitchen in her Long Island home with lots of greenery, vibrant florals, a patterned runner, and rust-colored velvet stools.

5. Touch of Glam

Jennifer Li dressed up the white kitchen cabinets in her Oakland apartment with gold vinyl dots. This renter-friendly option contrasts beautifully with the rest of her matte black kitchen.

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6. Simple Black and White

Black and white kitchen ideas for an outdated kitchen make for the best renovations. Here, the idea comes to life in Kayla Grover and her fiancé’s kitchen, which was transformed from a dated brown to a bold black and white. Between the quartz countertop, gold pulls, and open shelving, we’re sold.

7. Black, White, and Wood All Over

We love the white uppers and black lowers in this kitchen from Alysha McDowell. The wood countertop adds some warmth to marry the two, creating a look that’s perfectly Scandi-boho. A black and white small kitchen never looked better.

8. Elegant Design

The wood floor and gold accents add warmth to kitchen renovation with a cool quartz waterfall island. 

9. Classically Pretty

Counter-to-ceiling white subway tile is an understated yet dramatic backdrop for this pretty kitchen renovation. Gleaming formica countertops tie the cabinetry to the subway tile in this stunning before and after

10. Eye-Catching Flooring

In this updated kitchen by Tiffany Kalloor, all-white cabinets and countertops contrast perfectly against black honeycomb tiles. One of our favorite black and white kitchen ideas is to incorporate natural fabrics and materials for a boho vibe. Here, we love the natural touch the wooden open shelving adds.

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11. Builder-Grade Upgrade

Check out the unique black island that stands in contrast to the white cabinets. It’s actually a hand-carved dresser with a Carrara marble counter the homeowner scored on Craigslist. The white subway tile backsplash with black grout brings the whole look together.

12. Modern Minimalist

We’re digging the minimalist, modern vibes of this black, gray, and white kitchen. Its cabinets are a cool matte black, and it has clean open shelving.

13. Diminutive and Dreamy

How stunning is the waterfall countertop on this kitchen’s island? It pairs flawlessly with the black slab cabinets.

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14. Scandi Chic

How unique is this moody, industrial-Scandi kitchen? Its cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off Black, and its chic pendant light is from Muuto.

15. Miraculously Monochrome

This Culver City kitchen from owners Julie and Matt Stephenson nails minimalist style with its monochromatic look. The homeowners were inspired by stark styles found in Brutalist architecture and Icelandic design.

16. Simply Chic

Between the open shelving and the island’s Carrara marble waterfall countertop, we’re obsessed with Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan’s kitchen (perhaps we are a tad biased). The lower cabinets are from IKEA, but their solid wood black doors are from SemiHandmade.

17. Beautifully Simplistic

The contrast in this black and white small kitchen makes the space feel bigger than it is. Black cabinets are balanced with a white sink and walls in this kitchen in Schenectady, New York. The wood countertops, shelves, and floor add a natural feel that extends to the rest of the living space. 

18. Boho Black and White

This minimalist-meets-boho kitchen has the coolest black and white backsplash, plus affordable IKEA cabinetry.

19. Pulled Together and Polished

White subway tile, black cabinets, and open shelving — oh my! The wood flooring and island countertop in this kitchen by Clare of Conklin House warm things up.