Nothing epitomises elegance quite like a little black dress. So, what about decorating your home in black? Put aside images of dark dungeons - a black element can revolutionise your room.
“Black is a classic colour that will never date,” advises Annabel Astor. “When used as a neutral, black can completely change the tone of your room, adding a refined sophistication.”
Previously restricted to bathrooms and kitchens, black is slowly making an appearance in other rooms of the house. Used carefully and sparingly, it can be a vibrant colour, full of life and light. Think monochrome: balance black with white, cream, gold or natural tones for understated glamour. Finally, incorporate lots of mirrors and lighting to add drama and lift your interiors out of the darkness. Directly contrast light with a black floor lamp, black table lamp or black lampshade, for a subtle monochrome feature.
… add a luxurious twist by mixing gold accents in amongst the black and neutrals.
… contrast any black elements with neutrals or bright colours (unless you like the gothic glamour look, of course).
… introduce pops of bright colour or polished metal to break up the black monotone.
… create a gallery wall of mirrors if decorating with black to harness any available natural light.
… use black furniture and accessories, such as black cushions, against a neutral backdrop for a contemporary feel.
… go for a total blackout – the combination of black walls, a black floor and black furniture can create an austere room.
… ever, ever, ever choose black bed sheets.
… be afraid of the dark; even just one piece in black can have a big impact.
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