Interior design professionals forecasted black décor to be one of the hottest trends this year. And, since black and white is always a classic combination, pairing black design elements with luxurious white Italian marble comes all too naturally. However, not everyone is bold enough to go monochrome because the mention of black oftentimes makes the consumer visualize dark, dingy spaces. So, we’ve gathered some inspiring black and white kitchens to inspire those who are a bit hesitant to step into the dark side.

1. Subway Tile Without the Subway Look

White Marble Subway Tile Burlingame

This modern kitchen features stainless steel appliances with black cabinetry and window paneling. Instead of using more common mosaic or ceramic tile backsplash, the designer opted for subway marble tiles, adding a fresh yet contemporary look to the space.

2. Glossy Black

Glossy Black Cabinet Marble Tabletop Burlingame

Clean lines are all over this minimalistic kitchen. Four white windows shower the room with endless natural light that bounces off of the sleek, glossy black and white cabinetry. Understated, shiny black tiles are used on the backsplash to pick up the black accents scattered throughout the room, such as the edgy wooden chairs and cabinets. White marble is used minimally in this space as the tabletop for maximum effect.

3. Dark Traditions

white carrara wall burlingame

Not all black and white kitchens have to be modern. This one in particular is consists of more traditional design features, such as moldings on the cabinetry and the stove exhaust surround. The kitchen’s walls and island countertop is covered in pure White Carrara Marble.

4.Almost All White

Marble_Island_Tabletop_Burlingame

All white everything is calming and easy on the eyes. It creates a light and airy vibe in a space and is also helpful to make any sized room, that much more spacious. This kitchen features white walls, light natural stone tiles, and a whole marble island with a tabletop to match. Touches of black can be found throughout the kitchen in the cabinets, chairs, and shelves.

5. A Touch of Gold

Calacatta Marble Island Backsplash Burlingame

Though minimalistic in design with its symmetrical and linear elements, the Calacatta marble used in this kitchen has prominent gold veining that pops and adds softness to the space, balancing out the strong black presence found in the lighting, cupboards, and contemporary countertop décor.

We hope that this collection of contrast has got you considering adding a splotch of black in your otherwise pastel world (not that we have anything against pastel—Easter is just around the corner after all!) It also serves as a reminder that black doesn’t always have to mean drab—it’s futuristic, chic, and easy to pair with any color, especially white (and, even more especially, with white marble!) To see our selection of white and/or black marbles and tiles, visit our showrooms and slab warehouses in San Jose, Burlingame, and Pleasanton today!

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