Black and white kitchen ideas: six ways to use monochrome decor

Create the perfect black and white kitchen design with our ultimate how-to guide

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Sleek modern or shaker style cabinets? Granite or quartz countertops? When you’re choosing your dream kitchen design, it can be hard to know where to start!

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Whether you’re remodelling your existing kitchen or sprucing up what you already have with paint and budget-friendly accessories, it’s important to choose a décor scheme that’ll stand the test of time… that’s where monochrome comes in!

A black and white kitchen is truly timeless, providing you with a neutral base that you can style and restyle as kitchen trends change over the years.

If you’re looking to completely transform your space or just get some décor inspiration, we’ve broken down some of our favourite black and white kitchen ideas to help take your space from drab to fab.

And if you like what you read, check out our guides on how to paint kitchen tiles, cream kitchens and and creating the ultimate kitchen coffee station.

Light and airy Scandi-style

How to 

If your dream kitchen is fresh, light and airy, start by choosing a brilliant white shade for your wall-hung cabinets and walls. Matching light cabinets and walls will create a feeling of space and draw the eye upwards. Pair white walls with light flooring for a minimalist, Scandi feel – simply add in dramatic depth with feature black cabinets or a striking kitchen island.

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Contemporary farmhouse vibes

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Soften a traditional monochrome scheme with rustic wood to create chic, farmhouse vibes. Start with a base of black and white flooring and choose white cabinets with matte black hardware. Layer in bold, rustic vintage chairs – the less polished the better – and use industrial textures such as wire to create interest. Finish the look with sunflowers and statement lighting.

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Classic style

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For a classic kitchen style, contrast dark, charcoal floor cabinets with bright white wall-hung cupboards. Industrial finishes look great against traditional cabinet doors – think copper teapots, heavy metal lighting and rustic wooden chopping boards. Rich mahogany-hued seating and flooring will add a touch of warmth to the scheme.

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Monochrome retro

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Opting for a monochrome scheme doesn’t mean that you have to choose a high gloss, handle-less kitchen. In fact, a monochrome lends itself beautifully to retro kitchens, particularly those with 70s style or mid-century modern fixtures.

To achieve the look, paint thick, moulded cabinet doors with matte black and finish with chunky gold handles. Pair the cabinets with a marble effect countertop and decorate with fluted glass accessories and a pop of pastel – we love the hidden pink door pictured above.

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Subway tile style

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Many people shy away from choosing all-black kitchen furniture for fear that it’ll make their space look smaller, but this doesn’t have to be the case! Glossy white countertops and a light subway tile splashback will bounce light around your space, keeping it open and inviting.

If you’ve chosen dark kitchen furniture it can be tempting to stick to plain white walls in an attempt to balance, but cleverly placed geometric wallpaper will actually make the space feel bigger by adding depth and texture. Don’t forget to pay attention to flooring… if your kitchen is compact, try laying your wood panels, laminate or lino in a direction that’ll make it feel extended.

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Cool contemporary

How to

For a cool and effortless summer house style kitchen, juxtapose white glossy cabinets against a natural looking splashback. Go one step further by styling a glossy marble countertop with a cool-toned wooden island, and in definition with understated matte black cupboard handles and a slick black tap. This laid-back style looks best when decorated with natural accessories – think dried grasses or coral.

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