Black is dubbed the new white

TREND: Black kitchens are timeless and can be incorporated into various homes, whether the homes have a Scandi theme or a focus on retro design. Photo: supplied
TREND: Black kitchens are timeless and can be incorporated into various homes, whether the homes have a Scandi theme or a focus on retro design. Photo: supplied

The last decade had white kitchens dominating Australian households.

But one trend set to take over white kitchens is the versatile black kitchen.

Black kitchens can be incorporated into various homes, whether the homes have a Scandi theme or a focus on retro design and could even help to increase the value of a home, if designed well.

Another benefit of black kitchens is that they hide dirt and stains, which is difficult to prevent in a space made for cooking and food.

One example of an extraordinary kitchen featured on the 2016 television series ‘The Block’ was Julia and Sasha’s black kitchen, securing them $20k off reserve and it resulted as the first pick of the auction.

The kitchen integrated well with the Art Deco style of the building, while combining contemporary finishes, such as a backlit Caesarstone Concetto White Quartz island with a black benchtop and black matt cabinetry.

There was also black matt tapware, black and stainless steel appliances and contrasting elements including a statement timber library ladder.

This among other black kitchens featured on Instagram and Pinterest should be used as inspiration for those who are designing a black kitchen.

Smeg is a brand that has embraced this trend with a range of black appliances designed in collaboration with Italy’s Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti of Deep Design Studio.

These pieces have received international design awards including the iF Design Award and the GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Here’s are some of Smeg’s black appliances worthy of a statement kitchen:

  • Smeg FAB50 two door, 473 litre refrigerator/freezer $6290
  • Smeg Victoria SFPA6925N 60cm built-in oven $3290
  • Smeg DWIFABNE-1 semi-integrated retro dishwasher $2650
  • Smeg Electric Kettle, soft opening lid $199
  • Smeg toaster, 2-slice, 6 browning levels, reheat, defrost $179

Smeg’s kitchen appliances are available nationally from electrical retailers and department stores.