By Kristen Flanagan, Architectural Digest

While white kitchens are a perennial favorite for their clean, fresh look, decorating with black is quickly becoming a popular trend in kitchen design. Black cabinets pump up the drama in the space, particularly when paired with brass hardware or lighting. Dark stone countertops offer a stylish alternative to pale granite or marble. A black oven, hood, or refrigerator brings bold contrast to an airy kitchen. And onyx-hued floors in wood or tile will look as chic as ever (and save you on the sweeping). Take a spin through these 20 bold kitchens from the AD archives and you might just turn to the dark side. 

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