Matt black is the latest darling of designers and architects, and it’s easy to see why – it’s chic, sophisticated and surprisingly versatile, sitting comfortably alongside timber, metallics and natural stone and integrating beautifully into both traditional and contemporary homes. And you can work it into just about every room, from a feature wall in the bedroom and joinery in the kitchen to tapware and handles in hardworking spots such as the laundry and bathroom.
Want to get in on this trend? Here are some of our favourite ways to use it.
Go dark in the kitchen
White kitchens have been popular for years, but the latest design trends see matt-black cabinetry stepping into the spotlight. But we’re not talking pure, glossy black –instead, think a super-matt, tactile and fingerprint-resistant surface, or textured woodgrain finish that conveys depth and sophistication.
The kitchen at the Sheraton Grand Deluxe at Jubilee Estate features a sophisticated palette which includes Laminex wood grain cabinetry and Caesarstone benchtops complimented by black undermount sinks, tapware and pendant lights.
Bring your kitchen up-to-date by using matt black or dark timber across upper and lower cabinetry and pantry doors or choose matt-black tiles to create a visually arresting splashback (as an added bonus, they’re also easier to keep clean than glossy tiles). Balance dark cabinetry and splashback tiles with white or pale grey Caeserstone benchtops and open shelving.
If a lighter palette appeals, matt black hardware and lighting can add a contemporary highlight to your space. Seen here at the Carlisle Home Montague Grand.
Prefer a lighter palette for your kitchen? Try pairing blonde timber cabinetry with dark accents, such as matt-black handles, a sculptural, black tap or a striking, inky sink.
“Matte black tapware has enjoyed a sharp surge in popularity and is now at the forefront of interior design trends,” says Rosalind Caligari, Senior Brand Manager at Phoenix Tapware.
"Bold yet understated, it offers playful flexibility with different colour palettes and schemes, making it truly versatile. Accenting your kitchen, bathroom and laundry with fixtures and fittings in matt black makes a confident and stylish statement.”
Can’t get enough of the matt-black aesthetic? You can even find appliances by brands including Fisher & Paykel’s fridges, built-in ovens and cooktops in a soft, black finish that harmonises with your joinery.
Create an architecturally inspired sanctuary by combining charcoal concrete look tiles with matt black hardware and lighting. As seen at the Carlisle Home Sheraton Grand Deluxe.
Charcoal charm in the bathroom
Use matt black to amp up the drama in your ensuite or family bathroom. Specify cabinetry in a dark, woodgrain finish and add matt-black handles (they also look stunning against a mid-tone timber, if you favour a lighter look).
Rather than standard chrome tapware, make a statement with styles in sleek, matt black. Or, for a touch of glam seek out tapware with elements of copper or brass, such as the stunning tapware designs at Alder.
You can introduce matt black into your bathing space in other ways too – think matt-black towel rails, glass shower frames and light fittings.
Even the humble shower screen can be elevated to a sophisticated feature with a matt black scheme. As seen at the Carlisle Sheraton Grand Deluxe.
Level out the dark notes in the space with white or pale grey countertops and contrasting flooring, such as large-format, stone look tiles, black and white patterned tiles or even floorboards for some warmth. Maximise light by opting for minimal window coverings, such as slim, white venetians, or leave the windows bare if privacy isn’t a concern.
Make an impressive entrance by framing your homes entry with matt black features including artwork and furniture. As seen at the Carlisle Sheraton Grand Deluxe.
Make a bold first impression
Set a dramatic tone the moment guests step foot inside your home by adding touches of matt black to your entry and hallway. Line the walls with black and white prints or family photos in slender, matt-black frames, install a pair of wall lights with a chic, matt finish either side of your console table, or create a bold focal point with a matt-black, beaded chandelier.
Keep the look sophisticated with warm timber such as walnut for your stairs and hallway furniture, then add in bright white walls to keep the space feeling open and inviting.
A matt black Beaumont Tiles feature wall creates a stylish feature when combined with textured carpets and clean minimal framed furniture. As seen at the Carlisle Sheraton Grand Deluxe.
Add drama to the living room
For a chic and contemporary look, a palette that combines matt black with white, grey and marble is hard to beat – and it works a treat in living and dining spaces, provided you follow a few simple rules of thumb. First, look to use matt black in small doses – too much, and it can overwhelm a space. Second, add in plenty of texture in fabrics and flooring for softness. And finally, bear in mind the matt-black look is all about simplicity, so opt for furniture, lighting and accessories with sleek, pared-back lines.
Create an irresistible focal point by lining the wall above your fireplace in matt-black tiles. Balance it out with thick, luxurious carpet in pale grey or another soft neutral underfoot or a graphic, black-and-white patterned rug (interior designer Greg Natale has some fabulous designs, such as this New Modern Tokyo rug) and white walls. Choose a sofa in buff, charcoal leather and a pair of swivel armchairs in a luscious, boucle fabric in a pale tone.
For coffee and side tables, seek out slimline pieces with matt-black metal legs and pale or marble tops (consider a trio of nesting tables – they’re right on-trend and can be moved around as required). Matt black light fixtures and window frames provide punches of drama, while potted greenery adds a natural feel.
Balance your dining areas by combining furniture in matt black with tactile upholstery and sheer curtains. Seen here at the Carlisle Sheraton Grand Deluxe.
Dark magic in a meals area
Add a sense of occasion to meal times by integrating stylish matt black into the colour scheme. Opt for a dark, woodgrain dining table and consider hanging an oversized pendant in matt black overhead and abstract prints on the walls. Contrast is key; balance out the dark with light tones and textures, such as tactile, upholstered dining chairs in stoney grey and pale linen sheers at the windows (if your meals extends to a balcony or terrace, consider new-look Victory Blinds, which give you the softness of a sheer curtain but the performance of a practical, vertical blind that you can walk through).
Adding luxurious touches such as a velvet headboard and chandeliers will instantly add a sense of glamour to your matt black scheme. Seen here at the Carlisle Sheraton Grand Deluxe.
Up the luxe factor in a bedroom
The right black can be surprisingly relaxing and cosseting in a sleeping space. Create a striking feature wall behind the bed – rather than pure black, seek out a gentle tone of brown-black with a flat, matt finish. Alternatively, consider a muted black wallpaper or a painted wall. Create a sense of luxury (and a comfortable spot to sit up and read in bed) with a bedhead upholstered in soft black velvet, set against a white or soft-grey wall. Give your toes a treat with plush carpet underfoot and add accents of matt black into the scheme with a pair of pendants over the bedside tables, a round mirror with a dark frame on the wall and furniture with black metal legs.
Explore the Matt Black interior trend at the Carlisle Homes Sheraton Grand Deluxe home at Jubilee Estate via our online virtual tour here. Alternatively explore more interior design themes via our online gallery here.