The 10 essentials:

Dark and Stormy Kitchens

When it comes to kitchens, most people’s aesthetic is geared toward light and bright. It’s a pretty classic look that can go in a million different directions. Not too long ago, this aesthetic was par for the course, as we only had few options for our faucets, hardware, and especially our large and small appliances — stainless, chrome or brushed nickel.

Gone are the days when your only kitchen finishes were one-noted, shiny silver — suddenly an entire slew of sultry and stylish finishes have burst onto the scene. From brass and bronze to matte black finishes for everything from flatware to decor, and even appliance suites, these hues have given new life to the kitchen. The possibilities are endless. To compliment these new and exciting finishes and to really command attention surrounding this current color craze — a dark and stormy kitchen is the way to go. Moody palettes of matte black, graphite grey, and inky blues in the kitchen are sexy, sensual, and completely nuanced.

In an intriguing act of rebellion, JennAir sought out to redefine luxury and expand what’s possible in the kitchen with provocative designs and alluring dark hues with their new appliance suites. I recently went to Los Angeles for the WestEdge Design Fair to experience the latest from JennAir and I am completely in awe of their new appliance suites, NOIR and RISE. There is a distinct sensuality and thoughtfulness to the NOIR suite that I have never seen before in an appliance. The craftsmanship of the RISE range is beyond impressive, with limitless options for customization. Shedding the old expectations of luxury, NOIR and RISE suites are unshackled and unrestricted, in a category purely on their own — and that is what I love about them.

This week on the 10 Essentials, I am highlighting my favorite moody culinary must-haves. There are matte black serving dishes and flatware, gauzy linens, hand carved wooden boards, and sleek, rebellious appliances for you to peruse. Set the mood and shop my curation of sexy kitchen noir staples below.

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