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Close up of Kaboodle marble-look kitchen benchtop, sink and brushed brass sink mixer
Black is the new neutral when it comes to kitchens. Harness this sophisticated contemporary look by matching dark cabinetry with matt finishes and a subtle splash of bling in gleaming accents.

Why you want a dark kitchen

For a kitchen with wow, come over to the dark side. Black cabinetry might seem a little risky to the uninitiated, but it’s the new neutral in kitchen design, serving as a chic and stylish base for other finishes. A dark palette works particularly well in the context of a contemporary kitchen design: the simple, streamlined shapes of a modern scheme paired with dark cabinetry make the kitchen recede into the background, ideal for an open-plan living space.

Close up of Kaboodle marble-look kitchen benchtop, sink and brushed brass sink mixer and hand wash

Material matches for a dark kitchen

Choose dark cabinetry in a matt finish to keep the look sophisticated and help it recede into the background of an open-plan room – Kaboodle cabinetry in Molasses V captures the look, while the matt black handles used here are almost invisible against the dark cupboards. Timber flooring and cabinetry (try Kaboodle Wattleseed) combine to warm up a dark colour scheme. Capture more texture and contrast with marble-look finishes like the acrylic splashback and laminate benchtop used here. Lights are best kept warm and minimal, like these amber glass pendants, which are designed to cast a flattering glow over the space.

Close up of a full kitchen with model marble bench top, dining table and chairs 

More dark kitchen options

Substituting black for charcoal grey puts a moody Scandinavian-style twist on the dark kitchen trend. Depending on the undertones, deep grey can be a colder colour to work with, but you can bring in the necessary warmth with timber, or by introducing warm metals – think beyond taps with a gold sink and brushed gold cabinet knobs.

If light and bright is your go-to colour palette… 

We’ve got the perfect kitchen to match your style: check out our pale and interesting Scandi kitchen

Photo Credit: Alejandro Sosa 3D


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.