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Close up of black kitchen island cabinetry with gold handles, Calacatta Gold countertops and large black and gold hood over the range Pin this image on Pinterest
Left side view of kitchen with mostly white cabinets and one black window-fronted cabinet as accent Pin this image on Pinterest
Right side view of kitchen with the side of island in the foreground and in the background mostly white cabinets and one black window-fronted cabinet as accent, along with microwave drawer. Pin this image on Pinterest
Expansive view of kitchen with four black and white stools in the foreground and geometric pendant lights above peninsula with gold accents Pin this image on Pinterest
Kitchen peninsula with beverage refrigerator and island with waterfall edge, black and white cabinetry and large black and gold hood over the range Pin this image on Pinterest
View of Kitchen in between island with black cabinets and white waterfall edge on the left and large range with black and gold hood, and white cabinets Pin this image on Pinterest
View of kitchen island and hood with black and gold accents through dining room with ornate black and gold wallpaper Pin this image on Pinterest

About the Project

Do you cringe at the thought of spotlighting black in your kitchen? This sophisticated stunner may well give you a change of heart! Though the walls and most of the cabinetry are painted “Super White”, the real eyecatchers are the custom brass-trimmed black hood; the black mullion glass doors flanking the hood; and the black front and rear island bases, which echo the black-framed windows. With the addition of elegant Calacatta Gold marble countertops with waterfall island ends and slab backsplashes, I challenge you to say the inclusion of black makes the kitchen feel small or dark.

Despite contemporary touches, the cabinetry is traditional flush inset construction; doors and large drawers are wide-framed classic Shaker styling with a stepped inner profile. The fridge and dishwasher are paneled to match to avoid distraction. Decorative hardware is honey bronze; the faucet and instant hot are sleek matte black. Pulling triple duty is the peninsula, which houses a microwave drawer; a beverage fridge; and space for cushioned stools with awning-stripe black webbed backs.

The most dramatic view is through the opening in the striking black and gold Art Deco wallpapered dining room, which is centered directly on the black island and black-and-brass hood.

This project was done in collaboration with Atelier Milot Shala, LLC and Breton Contracting.  Photography by Stefan Radtke.