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How to Make a Statement with Matte Black in Your Kitchen, Dining Room, or Bathroom

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You may be accustomed to seeing the timeless trend of white, airy palettes, but lately we’ve noticed designers heading for the other end of the spectrum, turning again and again to the dramatic impact of matte black. Mixed with rich pattern, warm metallic finishes, rustic woods, and plenty of leavening white, matte black looks simultaneously classic and current. It’s perfect for kitchens and baths and looks elegant combined with the durable, natural beauty of Cambria. Make a statement in your kitchen, dining room, or bathroom with these ideas.

Bright and dark bathrooms

You don’t have to sacrifice the bright and serene spa look to incorporate dark details in your bathroom. Here are some of our favorites that feature matte black faucets, fixtures, and fittings.

Dual black matte faucets and mirrors contrast with Brittanicca Matte™

Dual black matte faucets and mirrors contrast with Brittanicca Matte™ countertops in this West Coast-cool bathroom by Jenny Komenda.

Cambria Brittanicca Matte design detail
Summerhill™ countertops and backsplash with matte black cabinets, faucet, mirror, light fittings, and vanity decor.

This bathroom by Jaclyn Peters Design pairs Summerhill™ countertops and backsplash with matte black cabinets, faucet, mirror, light fittings, and vanity decor.

From faucets to light fixtures

Black matte works beautifully in kitchens, dining rooms, and baths. Here are some gorgeous rooms with unexpected touches for a striking design statement.

Custom Levven Matte™ tabletop.

Black matte light fixtures and dinnerware complement a Levven Matte™ tabletop.

Cambria White Cliff Matte in Emily Henderson's mountain home.

Matte black hardware, cabinet trim, and a modern pendant pop against the light wood cabinets and white countertops in Emily Henderson’s mountain house kitchen. Featured design: White Cliff Matte™.

A raw-edge Levven vanity.

A raw-edge Levven™ vanity pairs with matte black accents for a rustic-chic look.

Daring kitchen color palettes

If you’re weary of stainless steel and white in the kitchen, you’ll love these ideas for kitchens with dark and bold color palettes—including black used on countertops, backsplashes, cabinets, and even appliances.

A stunning statement as a waterfall edge island in Blackpool Matte.

Matte black countertops make a stunning statement as a waterfall edge island, as in this space with Blackpool Matte™. Space by: Gretchen Black and Artisan Signature Homes. Photo: Carley Page Summers.

Cambria White Cliff Matte paired with light wood and black stained cabinets.

An ebony-stained reclaimed wood island pairs with White Cliff Matte countertops in Emily Henderson’s mountain house kitchen.

 Bold mosaic-tile backsplash paired beautifully with Cambria Delgatie.

Construction 2 Style’s kitchen features Delgatie Matte™ countertops and a bold mosaic-tile backsplash incorporating black matte and other neutrals.

Add a luxurious marble-look with Cambria Rosedale.

Rosedale™ countertops are the perfect complement to matte black cabinetry and appliances in Lex Leblanc’s kitchen renovation.

Cambria Blackpool and Summerhill pairings.

A rich matte black, Blackpool Matte countertops pair beautifully with natural textures, neutral paints, and Cambria Summerhill.

Shopping for matte black

Eager to outfit your kitchen with dark accents and accessories? Starting small is a great way to try out the trend before you commit to a major overhaul.

An earthan luxe remodel featuring Ella.

Anne Sage’s small kitchen renovation features Ella Matte™ countertops and black matte accessories from Studio McGee.

Bring in a bold backsplash with Brittanicca.

This white Brittanicca™ kitchen by Jaclyn Peters Design adds chic yet subtle contrast with matte black hardware.

Ideas to steal

Get inspired for your own matte black kitchen update with these spaces featured on Refine + Define.

Dining in style

Matte black dinnerware can give your tablescape an irresistible modern flavor. Look for pieces with touchable, hand-crafted textures and enticing organic shapes.

Redefine your dining space by pairing Levven with stunning dinnerware.

We love how Levven looks with this dinnerware from Crate and Barrel.

Clever kitchen updates

Still hungry for more matte black beauty? These delicious tuxedo kitchens by Patti Wagner and Jaclyn Peters Design should do the trick.

Interested in matte black countertops? Order a sample of Blackpool Matte for a rich, dark kitchen countertop design featuring maintenance-free and durable Cambria Matte™ finish.

An earlier version of this article originally appeared in Cambria Style. By: Amanda Lecky.