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Interiors Column - April/May 24

Back To Black

Black may not be an obvious choice when it comes to home interiors, but there are many reasons to include it in your next redecoration project.

It’s a colour many of us may turn away from, yet there are many ways in which black can be used, not just to improve, but to really add that missing wow factor.

Strike a balance

The first rule when using black in the home is to maintain a sense of balance. After all, it’s a powerful colour that can easily overwhelm a room if used excessively.

To strike the right balance, consider using black as an accent colour rather than the dominant one. For example, you can incorporate black through accessories, such as throw pillows, rugs or artwork to add depth and contrast without making the room feel too dark.

Focus on furniture

Black furniture pieces can be the focal point of your home decor. A leather sofa, for instance, can exude luxury and modernity.

Whatever you choose, ensure it complements the overall style of your home. Consider the material and finish of the furniture, as they will significantly impact the room's ambiance.

Glossy black finishes can reflect light and create a more glamorous feel, while matte black adds a touch of understated elegance.

Be floored

Black flooring or rugs add a sense of grandeur to a space. Black marble or granite floors in entryways or bathrooms can make a stunning first impression, while rugs with intricate patterns can be used in living rooms or bedrooms to anchor the space and add texture.

Just like with furniture, consider the finish and texture of the flooring or rug material to achieve the desired effect.

Light up the dark

Black lighting fixtures, such as chandeliers, pendant lights and wall sconces can add a touch of sophistication and drama to any room. Black fixtures often serve as striking focal points that draw the eye upward, adding height and elegance to a space.

Layer your home in luxury

Black textiles, such as curtains, upholstery and bedding, can be used to infuse elegance into your home. Velvet or silk black curtains can create a sense of opulence in a living room or bedroom, while dark throw pillows or blankets can be added to neutral-coloured furniture to provide a pop of contrast and style.

Add an accent

Finally, using black as a wall accent can be a great compromise. One wall painted in a deep charcoal or black can create a dramatic backdrop for artwork or a statement piece of furniture. Moreover, black accent walls can make other colours in the room pop and provide a sense of depth.