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Guest post by Becky Harris, Houzz

We’ve got an amazing array of new black kitchen photos from around the world to peruse. I think it’s high time to take a look at the dark kitchens that the pros have added to their portfolios — here are 8 fabulous standouts.

1. The Fashionista

It figures that this chic kitchen is in the fashion capital of Milan. The black cabinets let the stylish brass toe kick, magnetic racks and ceiling detail shine, while the floor nods to classic Roman marble statues.

2. The Curve Embracer

In this Vancouver townhouse, designer Lori Steeves embraced the existing ebony wood veneer on the cabinets, making the most of them by placing a few key curves in front of them: the graphic white molded plastic counter stools and the stainless steel light fixtures that are two graceful squiggles. “I love the way these elements play against the dark cabinets,” she says.

3. A Little Bit Country

Red berries and amber bottles in the window add just the right amount of fall color to this charming kitchen in New York. White ceilings and a white shiplap backsplash add just enough contrast to all of the black on the cabinets, while gray speckled granite and charcoal slate floors mediate between the two. The wood countertop on the island adds a just-right rustic touch for the bucolic setting.

4. A Little Bit Rock ’n’ Roll

Conversely, this kitchen in Austin, Texas, stuck with super-sleek finishes, sharp lines and edgy accents like the artful chandelier. Like the previous example, carefully edited dollops of white and wood add contrast and warmth.

5. Graphic and Fantastic

A lot of the latest black kitchen designs come from Houzz Russia and they have got the look down. In this Moscow apartment, the cylindrical vent, geometric tile’s diagonal lines and yellow conical pendants add graphic elements.

6. The Modern Victorian

An addition off the back of this traditional Victorian home in England has a boxy, modern look but respects the original architecture. Black walls, cabinets and open shelves lend a contemporary look while the range mantel and backsplash nod to the original style of the home. The large island adds contrast and traditional style.

Another thing to note about making black work in the kitchen is lighting. A glass wall and skylight bring plenty of natural light into this room.

7. The Sleek Backdrop

These homeowners love to watch the stunning changes of the four seasons out these windows that overlook a lake in The Laurentians, north of Montreal. So together with their designer, they decided black was the only way to go in the kitchen. The finishes are matte so as not to be too reflective and distracting. (The cabinets have a black-stained oak with a matte finish, and the countertops are an Indian slate called Black Wave.) Pine ceilings with a gray wash stain add warmth overhead.

8. The Color Block

This Australian kitchen is a clever composition of subtle and not-so-subtle changes in tone and texture. Blocks of charcoal gray, black, barely off-white and wood are assembled like a modern work of art. The overall look is dark, yet there’s plenty of warmth and light.

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