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Dark is the new black

Gone are the days when everything was white. Don’t get us wrong, there’s still a place for everyone’s favourite neutral in the kitchen, but these days we’re more adventurous, seeking to add pops of pattern and colour to reflect our own unique styles.

Darker shades are making an appearance across the kitchen and beyond, from dark stone benchtops, deep woodgrain cabinetry to the hinges, handles and the hardware that keeps all our kitchen cupboards in order. From feature walls to lounge suites and haberdashery, black is beating beige time and time again for more luxurious and intriguing interiors.

When our friends at BLUM introduced us to their new drawers and organisation products available in Terra Black we got excited and went on a hunt to find complimentary dashing darks and contrasting neutrals across the kitchen space.  Here are a few of our faves:

  •      Caesarstone Vanilla Noir benchtop with walls in Dulux Cardrona Double
  •      Laminex laminate Domain benchtop and Melteca Domain cabinetry with Dulux Opononi Double
  •      Formica Matt Black Magnetic laminate is great for kitchen cupboard doors or island fronts and Dulux Pukaki provides balance
  •      The Santorini range by Oliveri means even your sink and tap can cross over to the dark side
  •      PDL offer switches across almost all of their ranges, such as the Saturn Zen range – dare to be different!
  •      For the ultimate in stylish black accessories add the FAB50 fridge in black by Smeg – then all that’s left to coordinate is your coffee!


One word of warning – we love, love, love dark shades in the kitchen, but they do scuff or fingerprint more easily than lighter shades so don’t forget to consider your cleaning regime when adding dark surfaces to your kitchen.

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