I love when black and white are used as the core colors in a kitchen space. When done right, as in this kitchen design, it looks awesome. Many people feel that too much black will make a space seem gloomy, but these counters are actually very reflective of natural light, and therefore help to lighten the room as opposed to darkening it. If anything, the use of black helps take the edge of the white coloring of the cupboards. The used of hardwood for the floor is also smart, because it helps balance both the other colors by adding a level of earthiness.