How To Create A Modern White Kitchen With Black Appliances

February 6, 2024 - 5 mins read

The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s more than just a place where we go to eat, it’s where families gather, couples entertain and a lot of fun can be had with design and colour. One of the most prominent trends in interior design this past year involves the colour black. More specifically, the contrast and style you can achieve in a modern white kitchen with black appliances.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen or are in the process of building a new one (and after some inspiration), we’ve got a few exciting ideas for you to take on board.

A black fridge in a white modern kitchen.

Are Black And White Kitchens In Style?

The black and white kitchen is considered a classic. It’s a bold visual statement that when done well, is modern and stylish (particularly when it comes to home interiors). It’s never really ‘out of style’ and is a great option for anyone who doesn’t want to update their home regularly.

There are so many ways you can harness this powerful design combo, from the paints you choose to adorn kitchen walls, to mixing black and white kitchen appliances on your countertop. There’s no shortage of kitchen ideas with black stainless steel appliances either, as this trend has taken off in Australian kitchens and is a great compromise if you can’t commit to going all black and white.

What To Consider When Designing A White Kitchen With Black Appliances

To get you started, it’s important to choose the right colour palette and keep it consistent across the board. Key places to pay attention to are your bench top, splashback and cabinets. This can mean the difference between stylish and kitsch, so be sure to match it all as best you can.

If you’re creating a white kitchen with black appliances, you’ll also want to select the right finishes. Kitchen finishes include things like lighting fixtures, cabinets and hardware, appliances, wall tiles and all those wonderful countertops. Basically, anything that you can customise, you’ll want to get in the right colour and shade.

“The black and white kitchen is considered a classic. It’s a bold visual statement that when done well, is modern and stylish (particularly when it comes to home interiors).”

Must-Have Black Appliances For Creating A Modern Kitchen

If you’ve made the choice to invest in a kitchen with black appliances, here’s the fun part! The sky’s the limit when it comes to appliances, but there are some must-have items you can prioritise, particularly if you’re working to a budget or upgrading existing appliances in stages.


The kind of stylish black fridge you choose will largely depend on the size of your kitchen and how many people are in your family. You might opt for this LG 570L French Door Refrigerator if there’s three to four of you at home, especially if you have a narrow space (this fridge fits into 85cm wide alcoves). Plus, it has a matte finish which is easy to match to other black countertop appliances.

For the modern family, check out the Samsung 637L Family Hub Refrigerator. It’s a great option if you’re upgrading and already have black or stainless steel appliances (or both), and with built-in cameras you can see what’s inside (and what to replace when food is running low).

A black wall oven in an all-white kitchen.


The design and look of an oven often takes a backseat to its functionality, but it doesn’t have to be the case. Take the Electrolux 60cm Pyrolytic Oven, for example, with its sleek black stainless steel finish. Stylish, yes, but also packed with features, including 12 different cooking functions for everything from pastries to roasts.

Similarly, the Technika 60cm Electric Oven that gives you the option to cook multiple dishes at once. Sophisticated and practical, this oven also has a black stainless steel finish and a large viewing window so you can keep an eye on dinner so it doesn’t burn!


Like an oven, your rangehood doesn’t have to stick out like a sore thumb because it’s clunky or outdated. The classy Smeg 90cm Black Victoria Chimney Rangehood has a ducted design and black finish, as well as a stealthy 788 cu m/hr extraction capacity so you can get rid of smoke and moisture quietly and effectively.

For something with a minimalist flavour, check out the Chef 90cm Canopy Rangehood in black. It covers your whole cooktop to ensure maximum ventilation and removes smoke and steam with ease. With a powerful filter and bright LED lights, you can practice your chef skills in style and comfort.

A black sink and tap in a white kitchen.

Sinks And Taps

Make sure you don’t forget the kitchen sink! The sink itself and tap fittings are great additions to your black and white kitchen. You could go for an elegant and simple option, like the Franke Bali Black Double Bowl Inset Sink and matching Franke Sinos Fixed Mixer Tap, or go Italian granite with multiple bowls, like the Oliveri Santorini 1¾ Bowl With A Drainer and Oliveri Vilo Matte Black Pull Out Mixer Tap.

Whichever route you decide to take, it’s always a good idea to pair your sink and tap together to avoid any awkwardly matched kitchen finishes.

Black Cooktops

In a modern white kitchen with black appliances, installing a decent cooktop will not only level up your cooking game, but make the space feel fancy and new. A great option to consider is the Bosch 60cm Ceramic Cooktop. Its black glass top is easy to keep clean and with multiple burners you can whip up a gourmet meal for the family in a flash!

A black freestanding cooker in a white kitchen.

Freestanding Black Cookers

A cooktop might not be an option in your home, but if you have room for a freestanding cooker, there are a few good options to help you deck out your kitchen with black appliances. For a splash of Victorian charm, the Smeg Black Victoria Dual Fuel Upright Cooker gives you the best of both worlds with an electric oven and gas cooktop. You may also like the minimalist lines of this Fisher & Paykel 90cm Freestanding Cooktop, also dual fuel, with a black stainless steel finish.


If you’re ready to finally say goodbye to hand washing your dishes, a sleek black dishwasher is a great upgrade. If finding space in the kitchen is a challenge, this freestanding Smeg 60cm Freestanding Diamond Dishwasher is a good option. Or if you’ve got a big family and lots of dishes, check out the LG 60cm QuadWash Dishwasher, which has a large capacity and state-of-the-art connectivity so you can download new wash cycles and get notifications on your smartphone when the dishes are done!

How To Create A Modern Kitchen With Black Benchtop Appliances

You might be in a rental or perhaps even living in a recently renovated home, so upgrading or adding new major appliances might not be possible. No worries! You can still get creative by incorporating some black benchtop appliances. Think kettlesblenders and even an air fryer – you might even try mixing black and white kitchen appliances for a little variety.

A black toaster surrounded by breakfast food on a light butchers block benchtop.


An affordable addition to any modern kitchen, a kettle that efficiently boils water for your cuppa is essential. Black kettles are sleek and add a touch of class to kitchen countertops, and can be easily stored to make more room. Trusted brands like BrevilleDelonghi and Sunbeam are great options no matter your budget or aesthetic taste.


Like the humble kettle, the toaster is an easy and quick update you can add to your modern white kitchen with black appliances. If you want a vintage look, this Smeg 50s Retro Style 4 Slice Toaster is a winner, or if black stainless steel is on your radar, check out the Alinea Collection or Simply Stylish toasters, both from Sunbeam and toast 4 slices at once.

Coffee Machines

A modern white kitchen with black appliances wouldn’t be complete without a coffee machine. If you don’t have the room for a top of the line espresso machine with all the bells and whistles, the Nespresso Vertuo POP Black Bundle is a great alternative. It will help you make cafe quality lattes from the comfort of your own home.

A black coffee machine in a white and light grey kitchen.

Air Fryers

A healthier alternative to deep frying, air fryers have become all the rage of late. This Philips Essential Connected Digital Airfryer XL in black is compact, easy to use and keep clean. Make hot chips, fried chicken and even reheat leftovers, all in one place!

Grab Your Modern White Kitchen’s Black Appliances From The Good Guys

Whether you’re searching for kitchen ideas with white cabinets and black appliances, or just seeking a little inspiration to make a bold statement at home, we’ve got you covered. Drop by your local The Good Guys store to see what’s on offer and meet the team, or shop online and enjoy contactless delivery. Happy shopping!

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