"Black is the new black" for one very good reason - it never dates. Due to its versatility, the colour has been employed in the styling of interiors throughout time and in every conceivable style of decor.
Used as an accent, black can be used in virtually any style of room - from Hamptons and Industrial, to Luxe and French Provincial. You see, in spite of being known (technically) as a neutral, black has the power to ground a room. And used with more fervour, it adds sophistication and opulence to any space.
Many people are afraid of using black. They worry that it will darken a room. And yet, used wisely, it is more likely to enrich a room than dominate it.
I have written before about decorating with black in monochrome schemes here, but almost every style of room can take some black. It helps create contrast, grounds the space, and pulls the different elements of a room together. Used sparingly -in furniture frames, artworks, lamps and cushions - it provides contrast and a backbone for neutral schemes.
Below are 5 ways to use black as an accent in your home:
1. Lampshades - Interior decorating is about creating contrast and there's no better way to add a touch of black than in lamp shades. Black shades, (particularly in bedrooms), add an extra layer of sophistication, glamor and warmth.
2. Cushions - A black cushion sat on a bed of neutrals will lift a sofa or bed. A black fringing on cushions ties in beautifully with black-framed artworks or photographic prints.
3. Rugs - Texture is as important as colour, and one of the easiest ways to add it to your room is in the rug. Woven rugs that incorporate black are not only on trend, they are also practical. A hint of black or charcoal lifts a rug, particularly on a light tiled or carpeted floor.
4. Furniture Frames in wrought iron and powdered aluminium, or table tops in granite and marble is another way of incorporating black into your space, as will smaller pieces of painted furniture, such as occasional and bedside tables. Used sparingly, the colour adds substance, rather than overpowering the space.
5. Black mirrors or picture frames - Either option look stunning above a textured headboard in the master bedroom, or above sofas in your living room. Alternatively, try hanging them in gallery format along a long neutral corridor or empty wall.
Images: Found on Pinterest.
Using black as an accent color, you might use it in artworks, cushions, table lamps or as the frame of your coffee or side tables. For me, it works best used minimally.