Don’t think I’m a dark person, but in my opinion, every room needs some black. This powerful neutral fuels a room with drama, offering both a strong presence and much-needed negative space.
Here are seven places you can introduce some black magic into your decor:Furnishings:
Black can act like the lines in a coloring book, defining the silhouette of upholstered furniture. The black edging on a cream linen sofa, trimmed with geometric black tape, took a sophisticated but sedate piece of furniture and raised its drama quotient.
Whether it’s a bookcase, hutch, coffee table or chair, be sure to add a piece of black furniture to your room. The beauty of painted black wood furniture is that it will always look hip, never dated, making it a safe investment.
All you need is a provocative mix of pattern to make a black and white grouping vibrant.Accent pillows: Bedding:
Try a pillow mix that’s a blend of old and new, like a gorgeous toile pillow sandwiched between restyled houndstooth check and daisy crewel pillows. I love this just the way it is, but if you want to add a splash of color to a black and white bed, anything would go.Artwork and accessories:
Black accents are a perfect pick for any room. The simple touch of a black backed mirrored tray, a little black wooden box and a few black coffee table books make a picture-perfect coffee table display.
Black lamps are also a marvelous accent for a room.Rugs: Dishes:
If you don’t have a set of basic white dishes, get one. You can constantly reinvent your table by starting with white dishes then adding an accent plate or two.
Dishes also could hang as artwork, or prop one on an easel and use it as a backdrop for a display on your mantel or in a bookcase.Paint:
He was right! The black paint melted into the background and called attention to everything else in the room. Light and dark furnishings looked equally as magnificent against the black walls, as did the artwork. It’s a very sophisticated look and I’m so glad we stepped out and tried it.
This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at www.nellhills.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.