Hot Home Trend: Black Is Back

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Black is getting popular in home design. Black fixtures, appliances, and even black furniture are emerging as one of the hottest trends in the new year.

Black fixtures are replacing brass or rubbed bronze as a trendy home hardware in 2018.

Black makes a great finish because it goes with anything. In matted finishes, it can also be easier to clean than your lighter, polished metals–so that’s definitely an added perk for homeowners too.

Black cabinets in the kitchen are getting trendy too. To offset the darkness, some homeowners are mixing the black cabinets with lighter cabinets. Check out this one from Weston Lodge…

Black stainless appliances are also gradually gaining more momentum in the kitchen. Black stainless was once again being showed in the newest appliance models at CES 2018, the consumer electronics show this year. As  more smudge proof, black stainless is proving itself as a trendy alternative to traditional stainless.

Photo credit: Samsung

Photo credit: Samsung

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Patty

    Nay! I like some black but this is too much for me.

  2. Guess black is never really out, right? haha But I love it how decorations are getting so modern with the use of it!

  3. Black DOES go with everything.. Another benefit is that stains are much harder to notice and its easier to cover up damage.

  4. Yes! Something to break up the 100% white finishes or grey that is still going strong.

  5. Black is elegant as long as it is not overused. It’s a good match for elegant furnitures!

  6. I love it. Such a clean look when used in moderation.

  7. Black can definitely be hit or miss! But for some things, like in appliances or backsplash, I tend to like it. It hides stains and smudges really well!

  8. Did it ever leave? I mean with the advent of black stainless appliances? It’s my favorite. I wouldn’t change. All things old come back as new. Nice to be part of the trend once more.

  9. Out for the gold and in with black this 2018!

  10. Something about black really gives that sense of sophistication in a home, especially when used in moderation.

  11. The appeal of black kitchen appliances is timeless.