Black is a colour that can strike fear into the heart of people decorating their homes, but using it can be incredibly effective and easy!
There is no need to be fearful of using black in your home as there are so many ways that it can add new dimensions to your design schemes, without becoming overbearing or Gothic. We know you must be a little cynical, so we have compiled some tips for using black in your home that we think will really surprise you! Who knows, it may even have you reaching for the paint!
RESTRICT IT TO ONE ROOM
If the thought of using black in your home is a bit frightening, we think a great way to start is by keeping it to one room that can definitely handle such a bold colour scheme. Kitchens are frequently finished in dark, high-end materials and naturally lend themselves well to something a little more daring, especially when white goods and accessories can break up large expanses of blocked colour. Simple and elegant!
A FEATURE WALL
Doesn’t this black wall look amazing? Contrasting perfectly against the light wooden floor, these painted bricks add a sense of style flair that is hard to beat and we know that with the right furniture in place, (we are picturing something nice and bright), this would look elegant rather than over the top. Add some pictures in bright white frames and we think this would be a real talking point!
Isn’t it interesting that although this black parquet floor is striking, it doesn’t overshadow the rest of the room, thanks to the clever use of a bright accent colour? Offering the ideal contrast to the rest of the space, the black floor helps to make the footprint seem larger and more grandiose and it is simply stunning!
SUMPTUOUS SOFT FURNISHINGS
If full walls, large floors and kitchen cabinets in black still have you a little nervous, how about dialling it right back and approaching a darker scheme a little more cautiously? Soft furnishings are a great way to introduce a new colour into your home without having to commit fully from the start. Easily replaced; cushions, curtains and bedding can all give you a taster of what your chosen colour will feel like in your home, without any of the permanent commitment that paint seems to infer!
A STATEMENT PIECE
Similarly to using a new colour in your soft furnishings, opting for a statement piece of furniture in a new colour is also a great way to test the water. This dramatic black leather chair would be a fantastic addition to any home that was thinking about adding a darker edge to the decor and would work well with any other hues. A harder edge for pastel tones, or a complementary shade for opulent styling, black really works with everything, which is why it’s a classic!
AS AN ACCENT COLOUR
We understand that changing your colour scheme is a huge commitment, regardless of what shade you are planning to introduce, so why not start at the very beginning and simply use small nuances as an accent colour? Black is so versatile that it will naturally lend itself to any room, from bright white and minimal, through to toned down and classic. The trick is to go at your own pace and introduce elements you like, as from there, the only limit is your imagination!
Are you tempted to introduce black not your home? Let us know in the comments!