You might be avoiding black in your home because it’s too bold, too dark (literally and figuratively). Every room needs a touch of black. Why? Because our wandering eyes tend to stop and look at black. Black absorbs all the light, it commands attention and grounds a space and can visually recedes a wall making it appear further away. Black is classy, sophisticated and timeless.
Black looks great with wood and metals (brass and copper). See above image, copper looks exceptionally gorgeous around dark colors. When I first started finding inspiration for my new home, I really wanted a copper kitchen backsplash (I am still envious seeing it now). You shouldn’t be surprised that black is actually a very versatile color and often times it gives off a mysterious vibe (in a good way). Here’s 7 ways you can effectively use black in your home ranging from no.1 being less invested (easy and affordable to achieve) and no.7 if you’re all game for it.
// BLACK AND WHITE ARTWORK //
I’m NOT going to say get a black leather chair or a black lamp, it will be too much of a no brainer, seriously. Although no.1 on this list can be considered a no brainer as well. I want to include it on the list because black and white artwork is so good that you can either DIY one yourself or consider the fact that they will never look dated or clash with the rest of the decor of your home.
// BLACK HARDWARE //
If you’re tired of seeing chrome and brushed nickel, how about black faucet? I’ve talked about changing your faucets as part of improving your bathroom. Much like black handles and knobs. Bathrooms and kitchens are great spaces that can afford looking black and white because it’s functionality is often priority. For other living spaces, I wouldn’t recommend going full black and white scheme because you risk looking like you live in a black and white film.
// BLACK DOOR //
Whether’s it’s french doors, glass doors, sliding door, exterior or interior door, other colors are never quite like black when it comes to doors. A black door is like a statement in itself, your attention is drawn to the door and what’s behind it. Painting an existing door black is also an affordable way to spruce up your space.
// BLACK ACCENT WALL //
See the daring black painted exposed brick wall? It creates a much cozy dining experience in this loft and cleverly downplay the fact that there’s a TV on the wall, your attention is distracted by the bricks and the warmth from the wood. An accent wall is THE wall that you want people to focus on when they step into the room. It is very effective in a big open space (like a loft). It helps define areas of different function. A lot people forget that the ceiling is also a “wall”. I especially love high ceiling painted black, in a bedroom like this (see image), it helps create an enveloping, warm and cozy feel also it kinda resembles the night skies (no glow in the dark stickers on the ceiling, please!).
If you want colors on the wall, how about these two tone walls? Black and muted pink, who would have thought they could go so well together, it actually makes me start to like pink. You should also notice how artworks and furniture pops against the black. If you’re unsure about committing, find one focal wall and paint it black, sees if you like it, if you don’t, you can always paint it back. You might be thinking chalkboard wall (I don’t encourage this unless you’re 100% sure you or your family absolutely need it. I’m planning to write a post on design trends that are fading, stay tuned.
// BLACK LACQUER FURNITURE //
We are at no.5 of the list, this is where you need to like really like Black because quality black lacquer furniture aren’t cheap. If you buy one of these, it will be an investment piece that you’ll eventually carry with you even if you move from place to place! So think carefully. There is no doubt these are stunning furniture, it can be a conversation starter because I’m sure your guests will find it hard to take their eyes (perhaps even hands) off them. Folks who has a bit of investment furniture often acquired them over a period of time. (Of course, unless you’re VERY rich), you do not need to buy a bunch, because often times having one is good enough.
// BLACK KITCHEN //
Check out that sexy black Smeg fridge, who’s gonna say no to that? And those black leather pulls? Perfect. Then there is the clean line contemporary kitchen with integrated appliances. Tired of boring and forgettable white kitchens and ready to invest a bit more? Go for a black kitchen. As you can see, both types of kitchens (both black) are stunning and impressive.
// BLACK AS BACKDROP //
If you’re totally convinced you want more black in your home, try these (not for the faint hearted). Lacquered walls are tricky, you need a professional to achieve THE LOOK. Painting all four walls black can be cave-like, basement-like. It’s different when it’s high gloss like these, they look absolutely high-end in living spaces such as living room, dining room, home office, etc. See how colors just pop off the black backdrop? I’m not a fan of mustard yellow but this kitchen below makes me wanna make my kitchen like this!
That is saying a lot because I didn’t want glossy finishes for my kitchen except the countertop and yellow is not in the color palette for my home. But I went “can I have this kitchen?” when I saw it…stay tuned for this week, I’ll be finally featuring Fiona Lynch’s works on the blog, very inspirational drop dead gorgeous Contemporary spaces coming up. Don’t miss it. Meanwhile, see Grace Castaneda and Jessica Helgerson‘s works. Do you plan to use black in your home? I would love to hear how you intend to use it.
All words by me.