6 kitchens with black sinks – a modern color choice for your remodel

Black is more than just a staple of our design language, it's a whole school of its own. The inviting and mysterious depths of this dramatic hue make it a clear winner when it comes to your kitchen cabinets or flooring, but it can also breathe new life into your kitchen sink.

Sophisticated and eye-catching, black sinks are beginning to outshine their pristine and perfect white counterparts in the modern kitchen. Not only are they more stain-resistant, but the elegant addition of an onyx or charcoal sink can also help your kitchen design look more cohesive and thoughtful.

On the surface, you might think that black sinks are only beautiful when they are placed in a matching kitchen, but that is not the case. Clad in white marble, a black sink becomes the focal point of your kitchen. Combined with neutral and natural materials, a black sink can be a sophisticated and practical solution for the whole family.

To give you some inspiration, we spoke to various interior designers from around the world and took a closer look at how they make the most of black in kitchen sinks.

1. Add a touch of black to a traditional sink

(Image credit: Cricket Studio, Design: The Simple Collective)

Black seems to be reserved for minimalists and used only in the most modern designs, but that couldn't be further from the truth. This traditional butler sink looks elegant yet classic in its charming black tone. The bronze fittings complement the sink and accentuate the depth of its inky hue.

“Black sinks are versatile. They can add contrast and boldness to a room, but depending on the installation, they can also be used more subtly,” says Australian interior designer and founder of The Simple Collective, Emily Evans. “This particular kitchen in our Prestwick project has a dramatic monochrome colour palette. The large butler sink is a feature but also matches and complements the black timber cabinetry and honed granite worktop, allowing the bronze English Tapware faucet to stand out.”

If you too prefer a more traditional kitchen but still want to create a space with impressive impact, following in Evans' footsteps and introducing a more classic design in black can prove to be a simple but effective design decision.

2. Create an elegant and sophisticated sink

black sink in black kitchen

(Photo credit: Greg Natale)

This modern kitchen design by award-winning interior designer Greg Natale highlights the timeless appeal of the color black – not just in the sink, but throughout the entire kitchen.

If you choose a black sink, the kitchen design will envelop you and there will be no hard lines or color clashes. The designer himself advocates for charcoal kitchen sinks as a rejection of the obvious and underwhelming and a celebration of the simple and striking. “A kitchen sink is such a mundane thing that most people might not notice it or necessarily consider it until they see a black sink,” says Greg. “They are sleek and contrasting. When I work with black sinks, I usually use quartzite ones, which bring that element of modernity to a kitchen. Depending on the design, you can either make it blend in with a darker countertop or make it stand out against a lighter one – both make an impact.”

3. Make a bold statement with black stone

black stone sink in black kitchen

(Photo credit: AHC Atelier Haute Cuisine)

Captivating stones are not uncommon in kitchen design, but you can use their natural beauty to your advantage in your sink too.

Designed by Swiss kitchen specialists AHC Atelier Haute Cuisine, this all-black kitchen features delicate white stripes dancing across the countertop and sink. This not only ties the surfaces together, but also gives the sink a weighty feel and an upscale finish. “The handcrafted spelt sink blends seamlessly with the kitchen countertop, both made from the same material, creating a perfectly elegant overall kitchen design,” says David Gurtner of AHC. If you're concerned about durability, consider resilient stone solutions like quartz or composite stones for your countertop and sink.

4. Combine a natural color scheme with a sable sink

black sink in neutral kitchen with wood and grey

(Photo credit: Ema Peter Photography, Design: Sophie Burke Design)

If you envision a brighter, friendlier space for your dream kitchen, this calming space from Sophie Burke Design makes a great argument for a sable sink to add contrast and functionality to your design.

“In this kitchen, the black sink blends well with the polished kitchen countertops and its matte finish doesn't reflect light in the same way that a white or stainless steel finish would,” explains Sophie Burke, founder of Sophie Burke Design. “The black finish also reflects the other black accents in this kitchen and is practical for a young family. It's a modern compromise between a traditional porcelain sink and the more industrial stainless steel.”

Burke's design proves that a black sink is not just for those who want an all-black kitchen design, but that it can also be a soft and calming addition to brighter and friendlier spaces.

5. CREATE CONTRAST WITH BLACK AND WHITE

black sink in white marble kitchen

(Image credit: am designs)

This architectural and minimalist kitchen by the Belgian design collective am designs relies on contrast. The black sink is not integrated into the rest of the kitchen, but rather forms an eye-catcher in the middle of the marble kitchen island.

“The interior is characterized by white minimalism combined with Carrara marble. The black sink is a subtle reflection of the black finish of the Vola faucets and Gaggenau oven,” says Romy Van D'huynslager of am designs. The faucets and oven emphasize the elegant aesthetic of the sink and highlight the gray streaks of the marble, bringing the entire kitchen design together. The white and black make this kitchen design even more impressive and allow the black sink to be the star of the show.

6. GO FOR AN ALL BLACK LOOK

black kitchen with black sink

(Photo credit: AHC Atelier Haute Cuisine)

Black dominates this modern and sophisticated kitchen by kitchen specialist Atelier Haute Cuisine. The anthracite tones of the cabinets and the grey worktop are wonderfully complemented by the deep black colour of the sink.

“The black kitchen sink seamlessly complements the dark design, offering both functionality and style as it blends into the overall aesthetic of the space,” says David Gurtner of AHC. The white walls and large windows soften the depth of the kitchen and sink, showing that an all-black kitchen is always an effortless yet rewarding choice.

a black sink

Torva stainless steel sink

Price: $269.99
Size: 25″x18″

a country-style kitchen sink in black

Athena Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Price: $324.08
Size: 30″x18″

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Allen + Roth Kenji Dual Mount Kitchen Sink

Price: 249 USD
Size: 33″x22″

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