Dark kitchens are on my mind right now. I am doing a project creating visuals for a huge townhouse here in Amsterdam. This house will have a summer kitchen and a winter kitchen. I’m thinking of making the winter kitchen dark and cosy. Not sure yet whether it will be industrial, modern rustic or classic chic so I have been collecting imagery for all three styles. 

Typical characteristics for industrial styled dark kitchens are materials such as steel and concrete. Cabinetry with large handles, reminiscent of the factories in the “olden days”. Salvaged suspension light fixtures with steel shades. Everything a bit rough, open shelves filled with china and glassware, topping it off with a large professional pull-out water tap.

Modern Rustic kitchens are usually made of rough concrete paired with unfinished woods like for example oak. You are trying to create a farmhouse feel. Preferably, the space has some ancient exposed beams. Accessesories such as baskets, handblown glass vases, some fur skins here and there thrown over a dining chair and a simple chandelier.

But since this house has such classic bones, I will probably go for minimal chic. Sleek dark cabinets with invisible handles combined with black or white marble, some bronze accents here and there and a discrete watermixer. A minimal amount of visible kitchen utensils seeking the effect of “less is more”. 

Once this project is finished I will let you know which style is has evolved into. In the meantime, enjoys these dark kitchens, I hope you get inspired.

What a great dark kitchen with double volume ceiling and a skylight in this 19th Century Gloucestershire home – via Dustjacket

Dark wood, marble and bronze – via We Are Huntly

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A great minimal loft kitchen – via Pinterest

The brownish material used in this kitchen looks like unpolished bronze, but I think it is actually some kind of dulled wood, minimalism paired with rustic floortiles, surprising combination – via Pinterest

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The rustic kitchen in the apartment of Italian designer Pietro Russo

The dark Vipp kitchen in the new New York showroom

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Stark minimal black kitchen, yet still warm due to the accessories made of natural materials such as cork, wood and crockery – via My Paradissi

Rustic wood, dark tadelakt, sturdy concrete worktops in this raw country kitchen – via Elle Decoration

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Dark kitchen in a modern rustic Danish cottage – via Stylejuicer

Minimal kitchen in a Kopenhagen apartment – via Elle Decoration

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Minimal English heritage, kitchens by Plain English – via The Design Chaser

Marie Elbæk Schjeldal’s Copenhagen kitchen in industrial style – via Elle Decoration

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Industrial kitchen in the Soho loft apartment of Ochre owners Andrew Corrie and Harriet Maxwell – via Dustjacket

In love with this dark kitchen – vintage AGA stove combined with an industrial steel-and-glass extractor hood and concrete slabs – via Vosges Paris

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I’m in love with this dark beauty in Richard Shapiro‘s Malibu home – island, backsplash and counters made of volcanic basalt, cabinets in black low gloss lacquer – via AD

Dark wood and mud-colored cabinets, very chic with a touch of 70s retro – via photographer Heidi Lerckenfeldt

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Dark kitchen in a NY bachelor pad designed by Jenny Wolf Interiors, I spy a Warren Platner wire-chair

Dark kitchen reflected in the glossy ceiling – via The Decorista

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Can you get any darker – Black kitchen with String-system shelving styled by Lotta Agaton, photographed by Marcus Lawett – via Coco Lapine

Black, gold and marble – via Coco Lapine

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Beautiful dark and minimal kitchen, combined with gorgeous marble (Paonazetti) in a Barcelona apartment – via Est Magazine

A minimalist industrial kitchen in a Barcelona apartment designed by Katty Schiebeck, CH33 dining chairs by Hans Wegner

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You gotta love these pepper and salt containers, detail of the kitchen of interior-designer Laura Lakin at the Function And Form Event with StyleJuicer

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A loft in my hometown, Amsterdam, done by the people of Standard Studio, with a supercool kitchen by Amsterdam brand Eginstill

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