Designing a Darker Kitchen

Kitchen Design Tips

Kitchens are the most used and most popular room of the home. I swear, whenever we host, our guests hang out more in the kitchen than anywhere else. We sometimes even end up sitting on the counters like they’re chairs! I’ve shared a look into our kitchen with you, but wanted to revisit why we chose what we chose for this space.

When we first moved into our home, we knew that we wanted to create a kitchen that was a little more unpredictable than safe. Being an interior stylist, creating something unique is very important to me. I knew that I wanted to go dark with the counters and cabinets. I also knew that I really wanted to go darker with the appliances. When I first saw the KitchenAid® Black Stainless Appliances, I fell in love! And that began this lovely kitchen design.

Kitchen Design Tips

When I first started designing this space, I knew the Black Stainless Steel Appliances would finish off the look perfectly. And besides looking awesome, KitchenAid is known for quality and consistency. The KitchenAid® Dishwasher is quiet as a mouse, but cleans everything and anything that I need. It’s both functional and beautiful… yay for that!

Kitchen Design Tips

I’m pretty sure that every single client that I currently have owns a KitchenAid® Refrigerator. I chose the KitchenAid® Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator. It’s sleek, modern, and has plenty of space to store food. I also love the Full-Width Pantry, it is great for storing cheese—so brilliant!

Kitchen Design Tips

Because the counters, cabinets, and appliances are all dark, I chose to paint the floors and walls white. I love contrast, and this was exactly the look I was going for. It also allows the dark tones to pop.

Kitchen Design Tips

Let me tell you that I LOVE my KitchenAid® Electric Cooktop. It’s so easy to use and even easier to clean! I also love that it provides consistent heat and doesn’t burn my food. The look of this Electric Cooktop is great for minimalist kitchens and traditional kitchens. In addition it doesn’t intrude with the look of your counters. The KitchenAid® Island-Mount Canopy Hood compliments the Electric Cooktop with its minimal lines and clean look.

Kitchen Design Tips

I’m not the family baker, but my daughter could bake all the time! She is constantly trying out new recipes and sometimes has two recipes going at the same time. The KitchenAid® Double Wall Oven is easy to use and very functional for our needs.

Each one of these appliances has been a needed asset for our lifestyles, but all work magically with the design of the space. I think that’s the best compliment an appliance could receive!

*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*


This beautifully designed top control dishwasher harnesses the power of the Dynamic Wash Arms to provide complete water coverage and superior cleaning. The unique design has nine arms that directly spray water everywhere in the dishwasher, including hard to reach places. It also features exclusive Clean Water Wash System that continuously cleans the wash water for superior performance, even with the heaviest loads. Learn more

KitchenAid® 44 dBA Dishwasher with Dynamic Wash Arms and Bottle Wash

This 36-inch canopy hood provides the coverage necessary over a 30- or 36-inch cooking surface. Features like auto speed sensing ensure that the ventilation system will provide the power needed to protect your cabinets from steam, grease, and moisture. Four LED task lights provide ample light when cooking and two halogen night lights provide ambient light for the kitchen. Learn more

KitchenAid® 36″ Island-Mount, 3-Speed Canopy Hood

This 72-inch refrigerator is three inches taller than a standard counter-depth refrigerator. It fills the gap that can be left above many refrigerators, adding to its integrated appeal. A pull-out freezer drawer allows you to organize frozen items on three levels. And with the ExtendFresh™ Temperature Management System all of your ingredients will be held at the optimum temperature to maximize their flavor and texture. Learn more

KitchenAid® 36″ Width Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator with Interior Dispense

This 30 Double Wall Oven with Even-Heat™ True Convection provides consistent heating and even cooking. A unique bow-tie shaped design and convection fan helps ensure there are no burnt edges or undercooked centers. The Temperature Probe delivers accurate measurement of internal temperatures of meats, poultry, and casseroles without opening the oven. Bold design details are the perfect balance of elegance and functionality. Learn more

KitchenAid® Black Stainless 30″ Double Wall Oven with Even-Heat™ True Convection

This ceramic-glass cooktop features touch-activated controls that add to its sleek design. Even-Heat™ Technology is found on all elements. You’ll get consistent temperatures without hot or cool spots and a range of simmer and melt settings. To maximize the 30-inch space, you get a triple-ring and double-ring element that lets you match element performance to cookware size. Learn more

KitchenAid® 30″ Electric Cooktop with 4 Radiant Elements and Touch-Activated Controls

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