The whole point of interior design is to produce interiors that inspire and wow, and that are comfortable and sensible to live in. Interior design has many aspects and can take many forms. Part of the fun is to push the envelope. Black can be a very useful tool in interiors that wow. It has been said that using black and white in interior design is one of the most classic combinations. As you can see in the photo of this foyer below where very little colour is used the finished effect is fabulous. The use of black in an interior lends elegance and a grounding effect. Who can deny the impact and beauty of zebra wallpaper? Combined with black and white artwork and accessories, the effect is surprisingly easy to live with on a day to day basis.
Gone are the days when people thought of black as dark and depressing. On the contrary. Black is actually necessary in every room, to varying degrees, depending on the final result that we are creating (some photos courtesy of Better Homes or Houzz). Stylish, dramatic and bold, black is anything but depressing. The use of black in interior design can be compared to the use of black on a woman’s face. A coat of mascara around the eyes enhances the colour and shape of the eyes. In interior design, black enhances the colour and shape of things around it. Even in casual interiors, black has a place. Accessories are magnified and enhanced by the use of black. A black and white geometric area carpet adds punch, a clear acrylic table and lamp would add sparkle, black piping on the classic white sofa define the lines of the sofa, and a black wall colour would add drama and look fabulous. Black can also be used in a bathroom, whether it is in a traditional style or contemporary one. Many of the fixtures and surfaces in a bathroom are reflective or even white so plenty of light is available to prevent any note of somberness.
Black is wonderfully versatile. The final effect depends on how black is used in the room design. It can be serious, fun, romantic, severe, feminine, masculine. It can be used, for instance, as an accent on a fireplace. Even just a bit of black gives the eye a place to rest. If the tile is shiny it adds sparkle to the room design. A room with a black accent wall acts as a grounding effect. The eye would otherwise float aimlessly around the light coloured objects in the room and the effect would be confusion. Once again, the effect is anything but depressing or constricting. There is no need to use a lot of black. Just enough to tie the space together.
Using charcoal wall colour or wall panelling is a lovely way to create a restful but sophisticated room design. Adding touches of white in the furnishings, toss cushions, flowers, and matting of the artwork adds lightness and creates interest. If one were describing this room without seeing it, it may sound as if it must be a dark space. Rather, it is cozy and elegant.
A room with a long, low contemporary fireplace is restful and elegant in an entirely different way. If there is a large television nearby, it is adding a strong element of black, but what lends the impact is the strong line of the black base of the fireplace. Our eye is drawn to it, as well as to other black elements in the room, such as a long, black coffee table.
Black looks wonderful with wood tones, adding richness and allowing the eye to truly see the wood. What is more classic than a black front door? The entrance to the home is defined in a classic way, and the lines of the door are emphasized by the use of black. Black urns placed adjacent to the door will have classic lines and would not be as emphatically classical if not black. The black is balanced by plenty of light and bright for a beautiful introduction to a home decorated in this way.
Black used as a feature wall around a fireplace acts as a backdrop for the fireplace wall in the room. It adds a striking accent and grounds the room. In the room below the colourful abstract painting lends a touch of fun and vibrancy while the black settee grounds the vignette.
Black trimwork can be striking. It can also look good just on doors, leaving the remaining moldings white. In the bathroom below, the black stone wall adds impact and drama while making the television less obvious. Black blinds in a room not only lend drama and grounding to the room design, they are part of the overall colour plan, rather than fading away into simply being white. Black doors surrounded by white trim add some interest and punch to an otherwise very ordinary space. Two adjoining rooms can be made much more interesting because the trim is black. What can possibly be depressing about that?
Sometimes just a touch of black adds enough punch that the room seems complete. Black is often used in draperies and other window treatments to fabulous effect. In fact, black blinds allow a better view of outdoor greenery than through white blinds. To many, this seems counter intuitive, but the black, in fact, not only adds a dramatic accent. Flanked by light coloured draperies, the window is dressed appropriately and attractively, we gain a certain amount of privacy, depending on the blind used, and in-coming solar rays which damage furnishings are controlled.
Black is the dominant colour in the room below, and yet, the room is not dark. Rather, it is dramatically beautiful and elegant. The lighter accents keep the room from becoming too stark, and the interesting accessories lend sparkle to the room design. A room with black wall colour is not for everyone, but it is not meant to be. It is suited to the client who lives in that home. The light wood of the vintage church pew is an accent, as well as the sparkle of the mirror. The artwork is eye catching and unusual, and has areas of black.
Dynamic as black is, it is extremely useful in interior design, and contrary to popular opinion, is anything but depressing. Many times, it is a powerful means to grounding a room design and adding a touch of the classic.
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