Blog: From the Bedrock

Knock, Knock. Matte Black Wants to Come In. [PHOTOS]

Posted by Steven Schrenk


Navy is nice and white is classic. But there is staying power in black. Always chic. Forever sophisticated. (Enjoy your 15 minutes grey, but there will never be a new black.)

What we love about black, however, does change. For years we loved the high shine of a powdered coated finish. We lusted after a pristine polish.

Today it’s her subtle sister we’re after: matte black.

This year at KBIS matte black showed up in faucets, shower doors, countertops and vanities. It was every where we turned from sinks to surfaces.

Matte has made it’s way to lighting, hardware, even flatware. Cool and serene, with a touchable texture, we predict matte black will be the new standard.

Is it in your designs? Check out these photos for a spectrum of applications for matte black.












Polcyor Cambrian Black Antiqued granite counter.  



Shower enclosures






Ktichen countertops


Alberene_Soapstone_Hamptons_Kitchen_1.pngAlberene Soapstone Honed and waxed countertop from Polycor, Hamptons, New York.


 Traditional stair railing


 Modern railing








Baccarat flagship store, Madison Ave. NY with 1 cm Nordic Black granite tiles from Polycor.
Design by Rafael de Cardenas Architecture At Large.


For more matte black design inspiration, tour the inside of the Baccarat flagship store here in our case study, Delicate and Durable. Download it free.

 Polycor granite and Baccarat crystal

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone, Soapstone, Granite, Nordic Black, Waxed soapstone, Kitchen, Black, Brushed finish

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