8 Easy Ways to Use Black

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There is something special about the color Black. Its effortless beauty and ambiguity, its dark and dramatic character, its calm and intimate charm, make it one of my favorite colors – and I know I am not the only one. I don’t know about you, but recently, I noticed that more people are willing to break the norms concerning strictly white interiors. There are infinite ways to apply Black, but let me name a few:


Black and White Modern Penthouse by Copenhagen based NORM Architects

This minimal TV wall at a Penthouse designed by Copenhagen based NORM Architects is nothing but perfect

1- Alternative to Wall Coverings.
Painting an accent wall in black is a great alternative to wallpaper and other wall coverings. This is a great way to save money while making an interesting design statement!


Black Wall Bedroom designed by Pella Hedeby and Marie Ramse

I love the shades of this bedroom designed by Pella Hedeby and Marie Ramse

2- Bed Background.
A black wall can make a great backdrop behind a bed and sets a calmer mood in a bedroom.


Lucky Shophouse by CHANG Architects, open space dining room and kitchen, mezzanine and black ceiling, red bricks, wood, and concrete floor

Lucky Shophouse by Singapore based CHANG Architects

3- Optical Illusion.
Painting a high ceiling in black can make it seem a little lower without the use of false ceilings. This will also give the space a wider look.


Black Painted Ceiling and Retro Glass Light Chandelier by 47 Park Avenue

Remodeled ceiling by 47 Park Avenue

4- Quick Makeover.
There’s no need to cover up or remove your old decorative ceiling moldings. Painting them in black can give your remodeled ceiling an edgy look and save you money as well!


KNRDY Restaurant by Budapest based Suto Interior Architects, with exposed ceiling, beams and ducts, painted black

Great example of an exposed ceiling painted in black at the KNRDY Restaurant by Budapest based Suto Interior Architects

5- Camouflage.
One of the essential elements to achieving an industrial look, is to conceal the least possible and to opt for exposed ceiling beams, air ducts, tubes and pipes. A black paint job can easily conceal the visual clutter of this busy surface. Read about my styling tips for an industrial kitchen [here].


Talo Pihkala Black Chalkboard Wall with Recipes, basket on wood bench

Black Chalkboard Wall by Finnish interior architect Maija Rasila

6- Chalkboard Wall.
A kitchen chalkboard wall can really come in handy for those last minute shopping lists and quick recipe guides.


MICHEL Sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, in black leather, with brass floor lamps and Mera tables

MICHEL Sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia

7- Contrast.
Black works really well when dealing with pale interiors. That said, black elements can bring out the beauty of a room.


Doswell and Mc Lean, Photography and Styling, Black Dish with Food

From the works of Doswell and Mc Lean

8- Dish Sets.
I love a black dish set. It really makes the colors pop!


Black may not be everyone’s favorite, but it’s a color worth taking the risk!
Don’t forget to check out my [board] on Pinterest for more Black interiors inspiration, and if you have any tips to share, I would love to hear about them in the comments section below.

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