The coal-colored kitchen accessories we're loving right now

We haven’t forgotten you, stainless steel, but right now we’re just a little obsessed with matte black. The finish is simultaneously goes-with-anything practical and eye-catchingly dramatic; it calls attention to itself without stealing too much of the spotlight. It’s particularly striking in the kitchen, where its flat texture and charcoal color oppose the typical natural wood and shiny metal surfaces common in such spaces. To maximize the contrast factor, the trend works best in small doses; try peppering your kitchen with a few of these inky kitchen accessories:

1. Dressed in matte black, our not-too-modern, not-too-traditional Essa faucet oozes sleek sophistication. Essa Single-Handle pull-down kitchen faucet with Touch2O Technology at Delta Faucet

2. You don’t need a cake stand to elevate dessert: Serve it on dramatic black plates. Gibson Home Paradiso dessert plate at Bed Bath & Beyond

3. Contrast big, bright flowers with a bold black vase that doubles as a lesson in geometry. Dwellstudio faceted black vase at Lulu & Georgia

4. The molded-plastic dining chair gets a stunning (and, dare we say, sexy?) black makeover. Pyramid dining side chairs at LexMod

5. Dark meets light in these cool pendants warmed by a coppery glow. ZUO copper matte-black ceiling pendant at Home Depot

6. Bringing new meaning to the word “flatware,” these matte-black knives, forks and spoons add a bold touch to the table. 12-piece matte-black flatware set at CB2

7. Cast-iron skillets—a must-have for home cooks—were doing matte black before it was cool. 10-inch cast-iron chef skillet at Lodge

8. Edgy ebony toughens up a dainty teapot. London Pottery Bali teapot at John Lewis

9. Black kraft paper adds instant elegance to kitchen-gadget gifts and leftovers. Black kraft paper at Staples