Modern Black and Gray Kitchen with Concrete Countertops
Black lower cabinets, with clean lines and no exterior hardware, along with gray concrete countertops, provide a strong base and visual contrast with the wood floors and open shelving in a light finish.
Bold blue bases on the outdoor chairs give a fun party vibe to this mod outdoor dining room, which features ceiling-mounted infrared heaters to warm the space in colder months. A dramatic accent wall brings depth and dimension to the space, while a retractable wall opens it fully to the indoors.
Black isn’t only for interiors: It’s a bold, modern choice for exteriors of every style, too. “The black exterior allows this house to blend into its dark, forested surroundings while providing a bold contrast to the colorful foliage and bright interior,” say the architects at GSA Architects. “Painting the vertical tongue and groove siding a dark color helps hide the joints between boards, giving the siding a more homogenous and minimal look. Make sure to use a satin exterior paint to avoid accumulating too much dirt on the siding.”
With one wall composed of black, oversized octagonal tile, another wall with an organic freeform tile design and a floor with patterned marble tile, this small and modern bathroom is a treat for the eyes. A floating vanity and modern wall-mounted toilet echo the geometric lines of the tile. Brass accents give the room a little bit of glam.
Although many homeowners invest the majority of their home design budgets into their kitchens, it's the area of Chris' condo where he spent the least. By working with the brown and black tones of his existing granite countertops, he used color to give the otherwise basic, modern kitchen a personalized look. Glossy-black penny round tiles bought for $8 per square foot were used on all wall surfaces to add architectural interest and sheen. To help the pantry door visually recede, he had it painted the same shade of black as the tiles. Since the adjacent living room is wrapped in a black-brown grass cloth with a metallic backing, he carried the look over to the bar area to tie the two spaces together. All together, Chris' kitchen decor came to $1400.
An ultra-modern sink basin topped by a fun modern mirror gives a lot of look to this small powder room. Oversized black octagonal tile creates a dramatic backsplash. The mirror reflects the freeform, organic design on the opposing wall. Overall, the effect is fun, funky and whimsical, yet luxe.
Modern, Open Plan Kitchen with Custom Hood, Backsplash
Black and gold patterned tile creates a luxe and eye-popping backsplash in this streamlined modern kitchen. Open shelving puts decorative accessories on display, while a custom vent hood complements the metallics in the tile. Brass hardware adds to the harmonious effect.
To add drama and a touch of Southern farmhouse style to their dining room, homeowners Jeremy and Amanda had a rustic farmhouse table lacquered in white, then added high-end black Maarten Baas Smoke chairs. The contrast between the white and the black adds high drama; the back wall was also painted black to delineate the dining room from the nearby lounge.
A retractable wall allows this covered outdoor dining room to be fully open to both the interior and exterior of this modern home. Infrared heaters flush-mounted in the wood ceiling allow the space to be used any time of year. Just beyond the dining area is a fully functional modern bar.
This entirely unexpected modern cabin in Muscoda, Wisconsin is even more arresting for its striking black exterior. The vacation home is featured in Phaidon's tribute to the history and modern examples of black clad architecture, Black: Architecture in Monochrome.
Loads of light pour into this family room and wet bar area thanks to hidden skylights that let the light shine in. Built-in bookshelves and cozy seating make this an ideal spot for reading and/or enjoying a cocktail.