Kitchens | Modern Monochrome

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To really make a statement, go to the dark side, says Kate Watson-Smyth, founder of the award-winning interiors blog Mad about the House

The white kitchen has reigned supreme for too long. It’s a sensible choice that’s practical and won’t date. Or is it? Suddenly all that white is looking cold and a little boring. Gradually there’s been a move towards dark kitchens – navy blue, forest green, bitter chocolate and dark black.

A black kitchen is a real statement. Don’t worry about it making the room dark; add a light worktop – in marble or quartz, such as Caesarstone – and keep walls and floors pale to let the cupboards really stand out.

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Choose black and white tiles for your splashbacks to bring in some pattern, at the same time tying these two strong colours together. There’s nothing boring about this look, yet it’s still quite practical. Monochrome is a classic and you can always ring the changes with coloured tea towels, mugs and vases of flowers.

As I always say when it comes to interior design: have fun and don’t be too sensible.

Mad about the House: How to Decorate Your Home with Style by Kate Watson-Smyth is out on 22 March, published by Pavilion Books, £20

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get the look

Dark and dramatic units make a stylish statement when finished with wooden accessories and textured metallics


  1. Insect Mandala mug, £20,
  2. MENU Norm wire fruit bowl, £59.95,
  3. Hairpin metal bar stool with faux-leather seat, £69,
  5. Sabatier Maison casserole dish, £30,
  6. Dar lighting Magnus pendant, £84,
  7. Newgate cookhouse wall clock, £70,

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