We Have A Couple of Questions About Black Kitchen Sinks

updated Oct 22, 2022
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Here’s an exciting new kitchen trend to love or maybe hate. Most kitchen sinks are often white or stainless, but lately, I’ve seen more and more of an unusual new feature: the black kitchen sink. You can find black sinks in metal, ceramic, or even marble. Whether you love this look or hate it, you’ve got to admit that black sinks definitely draw the eye—but there are definitely some pros and cons.

This is definitely not a universally popular look. When I queried some coworkers about their thoughts on black sinks, Ariel, the News and Culture Editor at Kitchn, just said they were “too scary.” It’s definitely a bold choice and one that may not be advisable if you’re planning on selling your house anytime soon.

As far as maintenance is concerned, this depends a lot on the material you choose. Black porcelain can show smudges, and black metal may not be the best choice if you have hard water, but black granite composite sinks get great reviews.

Still intrigued, despite these reservations? Here’s a little inspiration.

In this kitchen remodel from Amber Interior Design, a black sink sets up a striking contrast with a white marble countertop. The matte finish of the sink also meshes nicely with the polished counters.

Laura Seppanen added a black sink to an apartment whose entire color palette is strictly black and white. The matching tap, and matching black pulls, complete the look.

This kitchen from Minna Jones pairs a black sink and faucet with a grey stone countertop. I particularly like how the black IKEA HÄLLVIKEN sink coordinates with the black appliances.

(Image credit: Stella Harasek)

How about a black sink paired with a black countertop? This kitchen from Stella Harasek pulls off the look beautifully. The sink is made of Silgranit, a composite stone material, and the stone countertop is a quartz composite. The copper tap adds a lovely bit of contrast.

(Image credit: Coco Lapine Design)

In this kitchen from Coco Lapine Design, a black metal sink looks particularly dramatic when paired with a black countertop. The grey cabinets are a beautiful complement, and the brass pulls add a bit of luxury and shine.

(Image credit: Gerry Smith Architect)

This design from Gerry Smith has the ultimate black-on-black look: a soapstone countertop with an integral soapstone apron-front sink. This is definitely not a budget-friendly option, but it’s a great way to ensure that your sink will be the centerpiece of your kitchen. (Those terra cotta floor tiles are pretty great, too.)