Dramatic Blacks

3/19/15



The thought of using black in my home used to make me cringe. I have a personal decor style of light, simplistic, fresh and clean .. all things that black seems to be the opposite of.

This all changed a few years ago when I was given a research assignment in college of how to properly decorate using black. This includes black walls, cabinetry, furniture, and accents; and the amount that I learned is worth sharing. I'm excited about decorating with black and, when done tastefully, it can be a dramatic and beautiful feature in your home. The best part: black is timeless.

Here are a few examples to show you what I'm talking about!






These black lampshades contrasting with the transparent base is stunning. Check out this blog, she's done an amazing job decorating her home with the perfect amount of black. 




This steel framed shower has a traditional and vintage feel with the window glass. The scheme is kept perfectly balanced through the black tile shower floor and the pop of the black walls against the subway tile.




I can't express how much I truly love this kitchen. The interior of the cabinets, the black island, the black window frame and the dark flooring all create the perfect combination. Plus the range hood makes me drool a little bit. 




If you're looking for an update on curb appeal, black is something worth considering for your front door because it's classic and timeless. The first impression of your home will blow your guests away!



The black wall in this living room adds definition to features than can often go unnoticed - in this case, it defines the crown moulding.



Something to keep in mind when painting with black: dark walls make all other furniture stand out and take demand. There's nothing wrong with this but make sure to select the right pieces because they will be much more defined with a black backdrop!



Finding the perfect balance between light fresh colours and dark or black furniture will create an appealing combination of both worlds. Black furniture is also really versatile when surrounded by soft coloured walls.




Finally, a black chalkboard wall: because how could anyone not love this?




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