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Sex Up your Kitchen with Matte Black

In the fashion world, black always has an air of hipness and sophistication, as in the ubiquitous “little black dress”.  Now, in kitchens and home decor, matte black is all the rage, it’s neutral but also works as a stunning accent when used sparingly.   


carbonized bamboo cabinetry, black matte cabinet pulls by Top Knobs, Sunny Pearl Quartz
Matte Black cabinet pull from Top Knobs Sanctuary Collection enhances caramelized bamboo cabinetry


Appliance manufacturers have been turning to black matte or something called black stainless as an alternative to the stainless steel finishes that have been a standard for so long. You can also opt to use matte black for your cabinet hardware and mix it in with stainless or chrome.  That’s exactly what I did in my new sexy kitchen which will be revealed soon in Episode VIII of The Big Move.  This is a little preview

Culina Mini Faucet by Blanco comes in the chrome I love with a touch of matte black. Perfecto!


Check out my faucet, courtesy of Blanco, and I love it.  I cheated though, that is not my kitchen as the backsplash isn’t in yet.  It will, however,  be very similar to the one you see above. Below IS a sneak peek.  Those are my luscious bamboo cabinets with quartz countertop featuring real shells! For more, you’ll just have to wait for VIII.

(By the way, I have curated many of the items shown in this post on my new Amazon page. There is even a surprise “look for less” item included. In each future post, I will add more items to it.  Yes, I could possibly get coffee money from these links but I only post the products I either have or really love. I’m just curating them there for you.)

The more I thought about it, the more I saw black matte in art and nature too.  I encourage my clients to include images like these as they begin to consider options for a new kitchen or bath.  I’m fun like that 😉 These are the things that make your space personal and reflect your style.  I will help you edit and translate the essence so that it works seamlessly in your new space.

matte black, beads, eyeliner, Louise Bougeous
Lucious black beads, eyeliner, and art by sculptor Louise Nevelson

I love this look as an alternative to stainless steel.  If you decide to be bold with black appliances, it’s a good idea to buy the whole package so everything matches.  The black appliance finishes from different manufacturers are not all the same.  If you want to get a different brand dishwasher or refrigerator you can always put cabinet panels on them as another solution.

Artful Kitchens,KitchenAid 30- Slide-In 5-Burner Convection Range
KitchenAid 30- Slide-In 5-Burner Convection Range from their black stainless steel collection
quartz countertop brittani
Cambria Quartz

Many quartz countertop manufacturers are offering matte finishes. Above is Cambria’s black matte as a backdrop to their mega-popular Brittanicca, also in matte finish. If you are thinking of doing a full height backsplash, as shown here, make sure to plan on using 2cm material which is 3/4″ thick.  The other option of 3cm would be too thick.

Farenheit Troy Lighting black pendant light fixture
Fahrenheit pendant by Troy Lighting 

Don’t you love this pendant light fixture? I am enthralled with the streamlined cylindrical shape.  It’s a series of nested and tiered cones that allow light to seep down in a cool way.  The outside is textured black and the inner surfaces are finished with hand-applied gold leaf. 

Moen kitchen faucet matte black stainless single undermount sink matte finishes contemporary
Align by Moen


The clean contemporary lines of this black matte kitchen faucet by Moen caught my attention. Note the matte finish on the countertop and how nicely the black matte works with the stainless sink.  You can definitely mix metals!

KitchenAid Matte Black Mixer

Last but definitely not least, think how stylish you’ll feel throughout the holidays cooking with this sleek chic mixer by KitchenAid. What do you think about the look and versatility of matte black? Let’s start a conversation! Oh and in case I distracted you, don’t forget to vote for Artful Kitchens right here. Thanks! 🙂





Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.


Commercial Kitchens Fabrications

This looks great, Gloria! Getting the right features and colour scheme is so important to creating the right look and feel for your kitchen.

Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Yes, it is. Function is the basis. Then comes beauty. The art is getting this combination just right. Thank you!


Excellent article. I love the tip about purchasing the whole appliance package.

Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Thank you so much, Sarah. Yes, that’s a pretty important consideration plus it makes the warranty situation easier to be dealing with one brand, if possible.

Linda Merrill

Love the matte black!

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