Black Countertops – Trendy or Too Dramatic

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Black countertops will be a hot trend for kitchens this year according to the Zillow Digs 2014 Home Design Trend Report. If you’re thinking about making some updates to your kitchen, black countertops may be just what you need – they can make your kitchen so stylish, sophisticated and bold that it will widen eyes and drop jaws.

Though black countertops in the kitchen may seem like a dramatic choice, it really isn’t, provided that you know what countertops to choose and how to balance them without your kitchen getting too dark.

Your Options

The black countertops to consider this year are quartz or granite countertops. Forget about low-quality materials prone to scratches and stains and discoloring. Black granite countertops are your best choice, being not only stunningly beautiful because of their natural stone texture and ability to take a high polish, but also durable, able to resist damage and scratches. Quartz is a great alternative too, providing excellent stain and scratch resistance and requiring little maintenance.

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Benefits of Black Quartz and Granite Countertops

Black countertops look fabulous, but that’s not the only advantage:

  • Durable - Resistant to stains, scratches and damage, much more so than marble or laminate countertops. Moreover, because of their dark hue, damage and stains are less visible on them than on light-colored counters.
  • Bold and Useful – they are a beautiful and strong statement in your kitchen for you to enjoy as well as your guests to admire when gathering in the kitchen, while also providing the function of a workspace for your cooking and baking.
  • Longevity – Natural stone countertops, especially granite, last decades if not a lifetime.
  • Increasing the value of your kitchen and of your home.

Black Countertops Design Ideas

Before buying black countertops you need to consider what you can do to add contrast or lighten up the kitchen. You can of course go all dark – dark cabinets, dark countertops, dark floors and walls, but not many people enjoy that much dark in a space they spend so much time in.

An all-dark kitchen can look fantastic, but unless it’s spacious, carefully designed, and has proper illumination, it can feel small and gloomy. A more sensible option is to mix colors, to balance black countertops with white or light colored cabinets. Or you can also contrast the black by only using it on your island and contrasting with lighter countertops everywhere else.

Other ideas for making black countertops work for you:

  • Pair black countertops with white or stainless-steel appliances.
  • Brighten up the room with white or light-colored window treatments, rugs, or dinnerware.
  • Try black granite with white flecks, to recreate a look popular in the ‘20.
  • Add some ‘clean’ colors like white or soft grays.
  • Contrast the black counters with white or light wood glass-door cabinets and open-shelves, both of which are hot kitchen trends this year.

In the end, black countertops can be a terrific addition to your kitchen, but make sure you pair and contrast them using the ideas above.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

They are definitely attractive. Thanks for profiling them.


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Cre8tor 2 years ago from Ohio

I like black as well. One thing people often say about black, certainly with cars, is that it shows everything. In this case, that's a good thing because seeing everything will help keep it cleaner since messes are not as easily overlooked...and they're classy.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks FlourishAnyway!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

So true on both points - Classy and Clean :) Thanks Cre8tor!


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purl3agony 2 years ago from USA

I like black too! I think it goes with a lot of cabinet styles and can provide a nice contrast with other colors and textures in a kitchen. And I agree - I think it looks classy and clean. I'd like to replace the counters in our kitchen and *hope* to put in black quartz with a just a speckle of color. Great hub that gives me some good ideas for our renovation!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We went with about 1/2 black speckled granite. I like the colors as black just plain looked black not like granite to me.

Great hub.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks purl3agony!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Eric!

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