In the world of kitchen design, white has reigned supreme for the last few years as the dominant color scheme, but, as they say, everything has its time and place. Moving away from the minimalist aesthetic of white, things are taking a darker, warmer, and more textural turn with black becoming the new black. “Dark colors have a better contrast to work with different materials, such as wood and metals, as well as faucets and appliances,” says Mor Krisher, head of product design for Caesarstone.
In response to this trend, meet the Caesarstone Dark Collection, a lineup of four moody shades of quartz surfaces that set a bold, striking tone in the home. Each is enhanced by a new Natural Finish that creates a warm and deep look, lending a textural grain to the touch and a satin sheen to the eye. From graphic and industrial to luxurious and weathered, there’s a SKU to match every style. “And no matter what feel you’re going for, quartz is one of the most durable stone surfaces on the market—resistant to heat, scratches, cracks, as well as common household chemicals,” Krisher says.
Honing the art of quartz surface design for over three decades, Caesarstone is also committed to quality by creating a surface that can last a lifetime.
Find an inspiring new hue to suit your space.
Industrial Charm: Try Oxidian 4735
Tarnished by a rusted patina, Oxidian has a timeworn charm loaded with industrial appeal. “Transformed alloys like bronze, steel, and cast iron are a big part of contemporary design,” Krisher says. “There’s a desire to capture the mysterious essence of alchemy, which is obtained here with metallic looks and finishes.” To create the shade’s dark grey base with its oxidized russet effect, Krisher and his team looked to industrial rusts and alloys, and used dark, natural stones like slate and basalt for inspiration. “It’s like a real rust that oxidizes over time,” he says. The effect pairs perfectly with dark wooden floors, ceramics, and upholstery. Or, consider adding pops of color to create more dimension.
Marbleized Luxury: Try Empira Black 5101
An opulent, dramatic iteration of marble, Empira Black evokes classic luxury in any kitchen. Defined by a rich black base that’s accented by fine white veining, the sophisticated option also has an earthy, organic beauty that takes its cue from natural stone. Whether used as an island to contrast a lighter room or combined with other high-end finishes, such as classic hardware, black lacquered cabinets, or dark woods like walnut, the result is timeless elegance every single time.
Moody Mineral: Try Black Tempal 5810
Marked by soft mineral deposits that create a wash of warm whites and greys across a black base, Black Tempal is “a complex composition of mineral-like layers,” Krisher says. Its textured and industrial qualities capture attributes of natural stone like travertine and slate. “Inspired by a dark, moody sky and the ocean tide at nighttime, the design echoes natural processes that occur over time,” Krisher says. Complemented by brushed steel and gunmetal hardware, the surface is also striking against grey walls and grey-washed woods that play up its industrial look. To further its organic feel, use materials such as rough slate, raw concrete, and handmade ceramics. Warm neutrals and bright splashes will bring out a more playful side.
Sleek & Chic: Try Piatto Black 3101
Graphic meets granular, Piatto Black is a matte, inky style that lends urban sophistication to contemporary living. It creates a modernist moment that’s tempered by a textural touch. The versatile vibe makes a solo statement as an island or backsplash and can be combined with monochrome cabinetry and tiles to deliver the drama. Accents like brass, chrome, and brushed copper impart color and shine, while surfaces including marble, medium-to-dark wood grains, and industrial concrete floors coordinate well.
For more quartz countertop ideas and inspiration, let the pros at Caesarstone be your guide.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest