When it comes to kitchens, it seems like everyone is into white, white and more white. And, sure enough, it’s an elegant look that’s worked for kitchens throughout kitchen history, but some homeowners simply want something else. They want a look that’s edgy and modern, something that inflects a bit of personality into their home’s living space.
That’s why the noir kitchen is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners around the globe. As the name suggests, the noir kitchen is one that uses a black or very-dark color scheme. The effect, when designed correctly, can be quite dramatic, creating a sense of space that white kitchens can only hope to achieve.
So, if you’re a person that’s thinking that you’d like to do something different with the design of your home’s kitchen, then we’d encourage you to come take a look at these amazing noir kitchen designs! Each one is different than the last, and each offers inspiration for building a noir kitchen that has balance, poise and elegance.
Truly, once you see how beautiful these kitchens are, you may never think about going white with your kitchen design again! So, let’s check them out, shall we?
With dark, black cabinets framed by brilliant wood, this kitchen design infuses its noir look with brighter accents.
2. Black and White
As you can see in this example, a black and white kitchen design that’s more dark the light is instantly recognizable as contemporary.
3. New Opportunities
By deciding to go with a contemporary noir theme for your kitchen, you open up the possibility of including bold accent colors.
4. Let It Show
Of course, an all black design can become oppressive. That’s what makes glass front cabinets such a great choice for noir kitchens!
5. Adding Light
Shelves and under-cabinet lighting can add a real sense of drama and luxury to a noir kitchen design.
As we said, the all black look is decidedly contemporary, which is why you might consider going with square cabinet hardware, like this kitchen does.
Another way you can increase the visual appeal and drama of a noir kitchen is to make your cabinet surfaces high gloss.
8. Two Tone
Now, you don’t need to commit fully to the noir look. Instead, you can go with a two-tone style like this, which is visually quite appealing.
Check out the wrap-around countertop in this stunning noir kitchen. It’s a deliciously modern touch that adds a lot to the space.
The beautiful white floor of this noir kitchen adds so much to the design. It really makes the whole space feel alive.
11. A Little Nature
One reason many may shy away from the noir kitchen is that they think it looks unnatural. Including wood notes can easily solve this.
12. Subway Tile
In this massive open-concept space, the line kitchen uses striking black cabinets with white countertops and a white subway tile backsplash.
13. Flip The Script
Rather than going with black cabinets for the noir kitchen, you can go with black countertops. This will work especially well if you use a dark backsplash or accent wall.
14. Double Island
Here you can see the wrap-around countertops again. Note, however, that this noir kitchen uses the double island design to great effect.
With black cabinets, your countertop selection will be crucial. If you want to keep it simple, though, black and white granite is always a solid choice.
16. Stainless Steel
If you really want to double down on the contemporary appeal of a noir kitchen design, then stainless steel appliances and accents are a must.
An interesting choice for the noir kitchen design is the matte grey countertop, which you can see in action here.
18. Updated Retro
For a really cool kitchen, you could consider giving a more retro or even rustic design the noir twist.
19. Black To White
If you want to transition from black cabinets to white wall cabinets, going with a white countertop is a wise decision. (As is using a black backsplash.)
20. An Island
Noir kitchen doesn’t have to mean all black – as we’ve discussed. Note the all-white kitchen island in this design.
21. Shapes and Color
To really create a noir kitchen that catches eyeballs, you want to do interesting things with shape and color.
Likewise, you can incorporate visually striking materials into your design, like the beautiful piece of stone you see here.
To get the maximum level of beauty out of your noir kitchen design, you’ll need to have intricately designed pieces.
With black or dark cabinets, you’ll be able to make a real statement with your backsplash, whether through pattern, material or color scheme.
25. Get Luxurious
There’s no denying the luxury appeal of the noir kitchen design. If you want something the scream refinement, it’s a solid way to go.