In today’s kitchens, stainless steel is standard. It’s durable and easy to clean — but it lacks personality. Thanks to a shift in consumer preferences, however, appliances sporting gunmetal hues are on the rise, as are design-driven tools and gadgets. Black cookware and stained-wood butcher blocks make for some very serious food prep, while matte black plates and gunmetal flatware bring sophistication to the dinner table.

Black Tie Stand Mixer by KitchenAid $1,000

InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator by LG $4,400

Black Porcelain Dinnerware by Hasami $10+

Coarse Black Hawaiian Lava Salt by Vienna Imports $3

Black Granite Mortar and Pestle by Magnus Design $80

Over-the-Range Microwave Oven by GE $212

Theo French Press by Stelton $75

Square Blackline Butcher Block by Blackcreek Mercantile $585

Oro Nero 5-Piece Flatware Set by MEPRA $170

Gas Range with Convection by Samsung $1,200

Silicone Ultimate Spatula by GIR $25

Black Alpha Set by Lobmeyr $65+

Round Cocotte by Staub $310

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