Dispelling the myths of decorating with black

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Dispelling the myths of decorating with black

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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When it comes to fashion, they say black goes with everything. A little black dress, or a tailored black suit are some of the wardrobe staples that come to mind when one mentions styling with black. The same sentiment, however, is not felt when it comes to decorating your interiors. Black is a colour that is often associated with a dark, grim and gloomy ambience, and is used sparingly in home decorating. Despite the negative connotations that come with this colour, we would like to dedicate an article today to dispel and dismantle the myths about decorating with black, through six beautiful expert examples. We hope that after this, you will feel ready to surrender to the elegance of black. 

Myth #1: Black in rooms without windows

It's true, black is a colour that absorbs light and can darken a space. In rooms that do not have access to natural light or windows, for example a guest toilet or ensuite, you can add black, provided the space is not too small, and the room has access to ample artificial lighting. As you can see here, small black tiles, in conjunction with cream and gold details, results in a finished product that is far from dark and gloomy. In fact, it is bright, luxurious and elegant. 

Myth #2: Black in small spaces

We have read it a thousand times— in small rooms, decorating with light colours helps to create more light and a more spacious feel. This is true to some extent, but it doesn't mean that black or dark colours should be avoided all together. Of course, we wouldn't recommend painting all four walls black—that is an overuse when it comes to any colour. As you can see in this example, the black feature wallpaper adds dimension and a point of difference to this modern space. It also highlights the wall behind the desk, bringing your attention to that area over any other. 

Myth #3: Black is for the industrial style only

It is true that many industrial themed rooms favour the use of black and dark colours. But that doesn't mean it is soley reserved for this particular trend. As you can see in this kitchen, various styles such as modern, eclectic and industrial, have been mixed together and unified by the black cabinetry and island. Minimalism, contrary to what we see in magazines, doesn't necessarily always use all white either. We often see black and white mixed together, to create a room that reflects Scandinavian elegance and style. 

Myth #4: Black is not romantic

People often say that black is depressing and gloomy, but as Patti Smith once said, the night belongs to lovers. In this case, it is possible that black is just as romantic as any other colour. A room with a black wall can seem extravagant, but undeniably sexy. Combined with gold, white and chocolate brown, this bedroom looks inviting and welcoming—words that describe the perfect love nest.

Myth #5: Black is only for commercial spaces

Designers are never afraid to use black in commercial spaces like restaurants, bars and hotel rooms, but not when it comes to residential design. Black is definitely not just a colour for public spaces, in fact, we don't understand how such a chic shade is hardly ever considered. In this beautiful home office, you can receive clients and guests in an elegant and classic manner. Flooded with natural light, the muted colour palette of black and white is striking, and sure to be remembered by anyone who is fortunate enough to visit your office. 

Myth #6: Black is sobering and boring

Black is absolutely not sober and boring when combined in the right way. In fact, there is little that is as striking as a bold, black and white pattern. If you fear that this is too boring, like pictured, you can add a pop of colour to break up the monotony to get a completely different result. This vintage armchair has been given a completely new lease on life with the elegant and stylish black, white and blue triangle design. 

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