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Are you on the hunt for a hue that can elevate your space instantly? Look no further than black. A powerful, robust shade, black is guaranteed to bring drama and impact to any room.
The colour has had a reputation for being bleak and claustrophobic, but it doesn't have to be! When done well, black interiors can look striking, sophisticated and easy to glam up for dinner parties and events.
Decorating with this colour is an excellent way to make a bold and influential statement. However, it can be a daunting colour to decorate with - that’s why it’s essential to plan your room before redecorating.
Choosing the correct shade and treatment will determine whether or not you have achieved an effortlessly chic look. There are many shades of black, and some may not work with the rest of your scheme - the trick is to identify the undertones that define one black from another.
Comparing these hues will help you determine which shades feel harmonious and which feel wrong. And even if you’re not ready for floor-to-ceiling black, small accents can add contrast and personality to your home.
Something magical happens when you decorate with black - the colour can invigorate just about any room, from a cosy library to a spacious kitchen - find inspiration for all this and more right here.
BLACK AS AN ACCENT
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Every room must include a little bit of black. The delectable contrast between lighter objects against a dark background accentuates distinctive qualities in materials and the finer details you might have missed in a light space.
Black has a grounding effect that gives the eye a place to rest. When you have too many light and airy colours with nothing to ground them, they can appear as if they are floating.
Alternating black and light-coloured walls or furniture pieces make for a fresh aesthetic, which looks stunning warmed with wood accents. You don't need to have a lot of black, just enough to tie things together.
Picking out door frames, shelves, or window frames in black makes a space come to life. A few black picture frames on a wall, a black coffee table, black trim on the walls, or even a centrepiece rug with black detailing is enough.
Repetition is always a good idea in decorating, so use these touches throughout a room to create a harmonious look. Using black as an accent can tie pieces together that otherwise don't intertwine. Even though they're different, they instantly become a unit.
RULES FOR DECORATING WITH BLACK
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- If you've decided to decorate with black and white, use a mixture of large, medium, and small-scale patterns with solid black and white shades to create visual attraction and depth.
- If you're using black as your dominant wall colour, try introducing architectural details like wainscoting or crown moulding to keep the room from looking flat.
- Use an accent colour in a black room for contrast and keep it from being too stark. Add a bold pink or orange for excitement, baby blue or green for softness, or try gold or silver for spellbinding sophistication.
- Finally, introduce a centrepiece rug that compliments black decor. A Persian or Oriental rug with black detailing will uplift the space and create visual texture and interest. Here are three rugs, hand selected to inspire black interior spaces:
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