Can You Pull Off This Color Trend?

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If you have followed interior design blogs or Pinterest or Shelter magazines for any time at all, I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of interior designers share a tip for giving your room that “designer edge” - by using a bit of black in every space.  Typically, they are referring to a black piece of furniture, or accessory item, or small detail.  Well recently, I’m seeing the black dial being turned WAY up, and I’m not mad about it!  If a bit of black is good, then perhaps a lot of black is great.  Let’s look at a few ways you could consider adding the darkest hue to your rooms.  

CAN YOU PULL OFF THIS COLOR TREND? #1 - BLACK WALLS

Dark, moody wall colors like hunter green, navy, and chocolate brown have been all the rage the last few years.  I’m seeing the trend increase by design risk-takers willing to go all the way - with BLACK walls.  The idea sounds absolutely extreme, but when you take a look at the room examples above - isn’t it bold and pretty?!  The spaces don’t feel gothic and cave-like, like you might expect.  Black walls look graphic and fresh, and give the rooms a moodiness and edge that is very appealing.  I especially love the black walls in a more traditional/classic space.

CAN YOU PULL OFF THIS COLOR TREND? #2 - BLACK CEILINGS

A phrase that I commonly hear is that dark ceilings will make the room feel smaller or lower.  As you can see from these photo examples however, a black ceiling, when paired with light walls, makes the ceiling feel further away!  Dark colors recede, and this visual color trick of painting only the ceiling adds a layer of depth to the room, but does not make the room feel smaller, in my opinion. I also think it adds a modern and cool edge to these otherwise classic spaces.

CAN YOU PULL OFF THIS COLOR TREND? #3 - BLACK DOORS

If you are a black-lover but afraid to fully commit to the dark side, then this method is for you!  Consider painting your interior doors black.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black door I didn’t like.  Black painted doors can work in every design style, and 100% of the time it adds a level of sophistication to the space.  It is also not a huge design commitment if you are hesitant!  This is an extremely affordable update that can deliver HIGH design impact in your home.

So, there we have it - 3 ideas for adding black to your home.  The color trend sounds almost insane, but I think you will agree that in reality, black walls/ceilings/doors add a confident flair that shows you’ve got design chops.

Lauren ThomasComment