What Color Cabinets Go with Black Appliances? (15 Stylish Ideas)

15 Elegant kitchen color schemes with black appliances. Written by : Roomdsign.com Editors | Last Updated : January 17th, 2023

Anything black will never get outdated, the same goes with black appliances. These kinds of kitchen appliances had been popular since decades ago and will remain popular in years to come.

With its bold and elegant finishes, the black appliances will easily stand out and becomes one interesting focal point to lift the entire kitchen area.

From the design perspective, black appliances are relatively versatile and can easily blend with almost any decor style. All you have to do is to choose the right finishes that fit those appliances to the decor style. For example, any black matte appliances will be a perfect fit for a minimalist or modern farmhouse kitchen, while glossy finish black stainless steel appliances will go nicely with contemporary or classical decor styles.

Moreover, the black appliances can be a good alternative to any typical silver or metallic appliances that can look pretty boring.

That’s said, the darkness of the black appliances can make it a bit tricky to combine them with other colors. Combine it with any vibrant colors and you will lose all of its elegance while pairing it together with other bold options can make the entire kitchen feel dark and gloomy.

In this article, our interior design team compiled some cabinet colors that will work best alongside black kitchen appliances. We hope that this list will open up your eyes and bring new ideas and inspirations to help you design the perfect kitchen for your home. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Best Paint Colors for Kitchen with Black Appliances

Pure White

Pure white cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Pure white cabinets and black kitchen appliances

In terms of aesthetical performance, nothing beats pure white when it comes to black appliances. The full contrast between the black and pure white elements creates a stunning, sleek, and elegant look that is perfect for any modern, contemporary kitchen style.

The pure white paint also create a light and bright look that will help makes your kitchen looks larger than it actually is.

Recommended White Paints:

Superwhite paint by sherwin williams
Superwhite by Sherwin Williams
Pure white paint by benjamin moore
Pure White by Benjamin Moore


Gray cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Gray cabinets with black kitchen appliances

This option had very similar outcomes to the previous ones, but it comes with a bit of elegant twist that perfectly matches the vibes of your black stainless appliances.

There are two different approaches that you can use to make the most of the gray cabinet and black appliances: first, you can make a cool-toned elegant kitchen design by choosing any gray paint with a cool undertone, or secondly, go warmer by using warm-toned gray and incorporate some neutral elements such as cream marble countertops.

Recommended Gray Paints:

Lazy gray paint by sherwin williams
Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams
Sidewalk gray paint by benjamin moore
Sidewalk Gray by Benjamin Moore

Gray Green

Gray-green cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Gray-green cabinets

Gray-green is a trending color that gained a lot of popularity in recent years. One of the main reasons for it is because it’s combining the fresh toned green with simple and elegant light gray, resulting in a unique color that can easily be incorporated into different decor scenarios.

Since it looks much more neutral than any typical green, the gray-green surely don’t have any problem when used alongside black appliances.

Instead, they will refresh the looks of your kitchen beautifully, without overly brightening the entire space.

Recommended Gray-green Paints:

Rainwashed paint by sherwin williams
Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams
Quiet moments paint by benjamin moore
Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore

Blue Gray

Blue-gray cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Blue-gray cabinets

Psychologically, blue can bring a lot of calming and relaxing senses to any space, and it’s surely a must-have feeling when it comes to the kitchen to make you feel relaxed and peaceful when cooking or doing the dishes.

However, combining blue cabinets with black appliances is not an easy task, as based on our experiences, most blue won’t work well alongside black.

To make it work, we highly recommend you go with any neutral blue, like this gorgeous blue-gray paint. This kind of blue had a lot of neutrality that makes it go well alongside black stainless steel appliances, while still providing a tranquil vibe like any typical blue.

Recommended Blue-gray Paints:

Aleutian paint by sherwin williams
Aleutian by Sherwin Williams
Slate blue paint by benjamin moore
Slate Blue by Benjamin Moore


Teal kitchen cabinets with black appliances
Teal kitchen cabinets

As a unique, modern blue-green shade, teal can complement any black stainless steel appliances elegantly. These two comes together beautifully to create an ultra-modern kitchen with a twist of vibrant color.

Moreover, thanks to its green hues, the teal painted cabinets evoke some freshness that avoid the black kitchen appliances looks boring.

Recommended Teal Paints:

Cloudburst by Sherwin Williams
Carribean Blue Water

Warm White

Warm white cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Warm white cabinets with black kitchen appliances

If you are using a lot of black elements in your kitchen and they seem to overly dominate the entire area in darkness, it’s a good idea to balance it out with some bright and warm options like this warm white.

The warm tone of warm white can help neutralize the dark and bold black stainless steel appliances, and make the entire kitchen feel brighter and looks more appealing.

Recommended Warm White Paints:

Alabaster paint by sherwin williams
Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
White dove paint by benjamin moore
White Dove by Benjamin Moore


Greige cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Greige cabinets

Alternatively, you can go with greige. This color even spreads a lot more warm ambiance compared to any similar colors.

But the beauty of greige is that this beauty still had plenty of neutrality within it, and this is very essential to make this shade works with tricky elements like the black slate appliances.

Recommended Greige Paints:

Agreeable gray paint by sherwin williams
Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
Portland gray paint by benjamin moore
Portland Gray by Benjamin Moore

Dark Neutral Brown

Dark brown cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Dark brown cabinets

This neutral combinations work elegantly together to creates a sophisticated-looking kitchen. Even though they had the same boldness, there are still enough contrast to make both black stainless steel appliances and dark brown cabinets stand out.

To complete this color scheme, use lighter color for countertops and/or backsplash such as white marble.

Recommended Dark Brown Paints:

Foothills by Sherwin Williams
Chocolate Velvet by Benjamin Moore

Light Wood

Light oak cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Light oak cabinets with black kitchen appliances

Most of the time, the wooden cabinets cannot work with black appliances.

But things will be different if you can find a perfect light wood finish that had a touch of modern looks, as these kinds of wood can complement black elements beautifully.

At the same time, the light wood will spread plenty of earthy, natural feels that make the black appliances look softer without taking away their elegance. Some wood that we highly recommend are Light Oak, Sonoma, Beech, or White Pine.

Light Green

Light green cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Light green cabinets

A common problem for any kitchen with black appliances and neutral-finishes cabinets is that they may look boring, uninviting, and lacks an element of surprise.

You can avoid this easily by paint your cabinets using any vibrant paint, but unfortunately, most of them will bring more harm than good.

A more reasonable option is to use light green paint. As you can see in the image above, the light green painted cabinets provide enough richness to make the kitchen feel alive, while its softness avoids it ruining the entire space as most vibrant choices do.

Recommended Light Green Paints:

Mint condition paint by sherwin williams
Mint Condition by Sherwin Williams
Spring mint paint by benjamin moore
Spring Mint by Benjamin Moore

Charcoal (Dark Gray)

Charcoal cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Charcoal cabinets

Black cabinets against black appliances are surely not a rational option, but how about toning it down a bit by using charcoal or dark gray?

It turns out that this little tweak works elegantly as the appliances and the cabinets go together in the same bold direction, but still offer a bit of contrast that makes them easily distinguishable.

However, avoid using this option for any small kitchens or kitchen that lacks natural lighting.

Recommended Charcoal Paints:

Perle noir paint by sherwin williams
Perle Noir by Sherwin Williams
Charcoal slate paint by benjamin moore
Charcoal Slate by Benjamin Moore

Dark Blue

Dark blue cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Dark blue cabinets

This is another great bold choice for you who want to truly makes your kitchen stand out in a bold and elegant manner.

The royal, velvety looks of the dark blue paired together beautifully with the black elements and work even better if you are using them in any glam-themed interior style.

Recommended Dark Blue Paints:

Indigo batik paint by sherwin williams
Indigo Batik by Sherwin Williams
Deep royal paint by benjamin moore
Deep Royal by Benjamin Moore

Dark Red

Dark red cabinets with black appliances
Dark red cabinets

This is maybe a bit unusual paint choices for kitchen , but when it comes to black appliances, dark red can be an interesting option.

Both black and dark red bring so much intensity that will easily make the entire kitchen stand out in an energetic way.

Recommended Dark Red Paints:

Beetroot by Sherwin Williams
Cottage Red by Benjamin Moore

Light Blue

Light blue cabinets with black kitchen appliances
Light blue cabinets

Another calmer options that can help balance out your black elements, especially when its feels to strong. The airy and serene vibe coming out from the light blue will make your cooking time feel more relaxed.

Lastly, using this cool-toned shade can easily emphasize the black appliances even more, and make them looks more elegant.

Recommended Light Blue Paints:

Iceberg by Sherwin Williams
Misty Blue by Benjamin Moore

Dark Wood

Dark wood cabinets with black appliances
Dark wood cabinets

This is a classic combination that never goes wrong. For a better result, use any dark wood that had a stunning, elegant look with some hint of vibrant hues such as walnut or mahogany.

This way, you can still keeping the black stainless steel appliances seen clearly and stand out together with the cabinets.

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