Ten years ago black kitchen backsplashes were hard to come by, but lately we tend to run into them over and over again (and we covet the look). Here are 15 kitchen backdrops that have gone to the dark side. Do you dare add black to your kitchen?
Above: Blogger Nina Holst of Stylizimo made the backsplash herself using hardware-store birch plywood that she stained black. See Kitchen Upgrade: The Low-Cost DIY Black Backsplash. Above: A backsplash made of glossy black tile from Kitchen of the Week: A Study in Black by Designer Nicole Hollis. Above: Designer C.S. Valentin created a chalkboard backsplash in his Brooklyn kitchen. See At Home with C. S. Valentin: French Eclecticism in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Above: Stylist Louisa Grey’s kitchen from Reader Rehab: A London Stylist at Home in the Kitchen. Above: A black and white kitchen from Plain English’s British Standard Cupboard Line. To learn more, check out A Kitchen for the People, Courtesy of Prince Charles. Above: A black-and-white kitchen in Lyon, France, designed by Stephane Garotin and Pierre Emmanuel Martin of Maison Hand, features glossy black tiles and bitter chocolate walls. Photograph by Pia Ulin from Monochrome Home, Elegant Interiors in Black and White. See Expert Advice: Monochrome for the Minimalist (and Maximalist). Above: A blackened steel backsplash from Kitchen of the Week: Blackened Steel, Bohemian Style. Above: Inspired by the previous kitchen, a color-blocked kitchen by design duo Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Company. See Steal This Look: A Prince Charles-Worthy Kitchen. Above: A black backsplash by designer Katrin Arens. See Kitchen of the Week: The New Italian Country Kitchen by Katrin Arens, Scrap Wood Edition for another kitchen with a black backsplash by the designer. Above: A low backsplash of Italian tiles in Celine Sathal’s artful kitchen. See La Vie en Rose: Inside a Costumier’s Dreamlike, DIY Maison in France. Above: A blackened steel backsplash from Kitchen of the Week: A Hacienda Kitchen in Sonoma’s Hippest Winery. Above: A backsplash made from Paperstone, a recycled paper counter material, by Viola Park. Above: A kitchen designed by Brooklyn-based Workstead features black cabinetry and backsplash. Photograph by Matthew Williams, courtesy of Workstead. Above: Meredith didn’t like her black backsplash until she had her cabinets painted black to match. See Before & After: A Remodelista Editor’s Dated California Kitchen Gets a Refresh. Above: A black backsplash on a black wall from Kitchen of the Week: A Culinary Space in Copenhagen by Garde Hvalsøe.
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