The color black never seems to go out of style, and this is applicable for interiors as well. The imposing hue is surely a perpetual favorite amongst designers. It’s bold, it makes the colors painted, perched or paired beside it pops and it conveys a sense of drama. Its versatility offers an unlimited portfolio of uses and tastes for a home’s interior. Whether it’s a splash of black on an accent wall, whether the color comes from the foyer, or whether the color surrounds a print, anything can be framed, sheathed or infused with the black hue and look great. Black can be much more than just an accent color. Cover one wall — or even a whole room — in black, and the result can be daring, dramatic and definitely glamorous. The shade and finish of black that’s just right for a given room will vary greatly with the light. So, just as you would with any other color, try to paint samples on the wall and examine them at various times throughout the day.
Let’s get a sense of how its elegance can shine the spotlight on your home.
The versatility of black can be used in any room, in any style. Whether it’s a sleek and modern couch or geometric or ornate rug, or an elegant and feminine headboard or work table, black can be masculine, feminine, serious, fun, severe, and even romantic. It’s all about how you use it. It’s important that every room has just a little bit of black. It has a grounding effect that gives the eye a place to rest. When you have too many lights and airy colors with nothing to ground them they can almost appear to be floating. It can be confusing to the eye. You don’t need to have a lot of black, just enough to tie things together. A few black picture frames on a wall, a black coffee table, black trim on the walls, or even something as simple as a little ribbon detail on a lampshade or pillow is enough. Even better? Do all of these things. Repetition is always a good idea in decorating so use these little touches throughout a room to create a unified look. What’s really great about using black as an accent is that it can tie a whole lot of pieces together that otherwise don’t fit together.
If you’re decorating with black be sure to use a combination of large, small, and medium-scale patterns along with solid black to create visual interest and depth. Add some architectural details like crown moulding, a picture rail or wainscoting to keep it from looking flat. Use an accent color in a black room to punch it up and keep it from being too stark. Anything goes. Add a bold pink or orange for excitement, baby blue or green for softness, or try gold or silver for glamorous sophistication (mirrored furniture and crystal accents are also great for that “Hollywood glam” look).
Painting your walls black instead of the tiling is a good alternative. It gives a similar look and feel and then it’s easier to transform when you want the room to be a different color.
If you have or opt for black floors for kitchen or bathrooms, its recommended to keep the walls classic with white walls or repeat black as grout in white tiles on the walls. Opt for warm and trendy metallic brass or stainless steel faucets and hardware. Keep the countertop lighter for more contrast
When it comes to interior decorating, black has got a bad reputation. People tend to think decorating with black is dark and depressing. But this isn’t the case. The reality is that at least a little bit of black is essential in every room. It’s dramatic, stylish, and provides a grounding effect that is necessary for every interior. Black enhances the colors and shapes around it. For example, you can put a series of photos or pieces of art together that are different styles and colors, and make them work by putting them all in black frames. Even though they’re different they instantly become a unit.
Know your blacks. Matte black tends to fade into the background while gloss black screams for attention. Cooler blacks tend to recede while warmer blacks appear visually closer in space. Large amounts of blackwork best in a space with lots of warm natural light, but don’t be afraid to go dark in a dark room. Bedrooms and other areas that aren’t task-specific and don’t need a lot of light can work well with lots of blacks.
Black walls are very popular. If you like the idea of black but like a more traditional style, try out a French country look that incorporates black and white toiles, black linens and soft grays. Black looks great mixed with neutral tones like linen, khaki, white, ivory, gray and gray-greens. But don’t be afraid to add other colors, especially if you like a more contemporary style. Black is bold enough to hold its own next to fuchsia, citron green, lemon yellow or cherry red. Mixing black with orange may remind you of Halloween. In case you choose this does it a minimalistic ally.
If you want to use black but would prefer a softer look, try black walls or furniture with an over-glazed finish. Go with fabrics that use a small amount of black in a print, or textured black fabrics without the sheen. Frame photographs or art using a black-core mat. When decorating with black, start small until you feel comfortable adding more. Mix in black picture frames, throw pillows or prints to spread this color around your space.
Paints are available in a wide variety of finishes. Choose gloss, satin or flat depending upon your preference and the use. If you can’t afford expensive wallpaper, stencils and black paint can be used to create a feature wall or ceiling or used all over for a bold wallpapered look. Black paint can also be used to paint a design on a wall, ceiling or dado. Instead of going big with black, try using black as an accent within your existing decor.
Black leather can look really stylish or really cheap. Choose with care. Leather furniture is usually worth the splurge because it can last a lifetime with minimal care, but deals can be found if you take the time to look.
When decorating with black, one can use black several different ways. Choose whether you would like to use black as a neutral, as an accent color, or as the main color. Black, just like white, comes in many different shades and tones. Just as you would with any other color, test several fabric and paint swatches in your space before choosing a black for an entire room.
Don’t be afraid about making that small room look large. Do not take into account what you might have heard about painting a small room in a light shade. In actuality, dark rooms feel larger because the room lines disappear. Black also makes wood grains pop out and makes details come to life.
Floors can be inked or stained, and the effect combines well with wood. Black granite is another good choice. And the pairing of black and white looks great on any floor. It’s a classic look that’s synonymous with foyers. For a dramatic touch, add just a hint of blue to black paint to increase its intensity. This creates a midnight-blue tone, that, when paired with black in a powder room, works very well. Place colorful art or photographs on a black wall. If a home features monochromatic art or sculpture on a wall, the focus becomes the color of the artwork itself, allowing the texture, surface, and purity to reveal itself. Or do the opposite and group black-themed knickknacks, collectibles and photos on a wall of a lighter color.
Decorating with Wrought Iron brings the outside in, incorporate wrought iron into your design, painted black. You can also add green undertones, which keep the hue changing throughout the day.
Rather than featuring black on a large piece of furniture, choose a black accent table or accent chair as a highlight and use the color as an accent throughout the room.
Many homeowners incorporate a lot of black believing that black will hide dust and dirt. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Black walls, fabrics, and furnishings tend to show every speck of dust and grime. If you go with black, be prepared for extra upkeep.
Whether you believe black is a color or not no one can argue that black isn’t bold. Black is the most dramatic color that one can use in space.
Decorating with black takes a special hand and a special look. Most rooms can handle black just fine, but it’s the amount that counts. Some spaces will look extremely magnificent with black walls, and some will look completely gloomy.