Black is the New Black
Written by Devin Lewis
Everyone is always trying to think of what the next “it” color is going to be, where they can find it, and how can they incorporate it into their home. We’re going to let you guys in on a little secret… BLACK is back! Although it never truly went away, this timeless color is exactly that, timeless. While black is sometimes regarded as the “non-color,” it has been around for ages and still manages to take the color world by storm, time and time again. How could you not love a color that Coco Chanel has built her daily wardrobe around? Just remember, coffee is black, and if coffee has anything to do with it then there is no way it can be flawed!
While black embodies all things good and dandy in the fashion world, in your home it can also work to create that look of subtle sophistication that you have long been craving. A neutral color, black has the ability to blend into many rooms, while still providing a sense of depth and allure. As a commonly used base option, you will be able to find almost any piece of furniture in black and certainly some that are made in black exclusively - lucky you! A signature dark couch will become a standout piece in your living room. Additionally, dark upholstery will also help to hide any dirt and stains, the kind that most furniture will accumulate from regular use. This has the added benefit of being kid and pet friendly! The color is not just limited to fabric; it can also be used to make a statement with larger pieces of furniture. The black concrete from which this Made Goods table is constructed highlights its grandeur. The black suede of this Noir room divider really lends an air of opulence to the piece. Rather than having furniture easily upstaged by accessories, a black finish will aid the pieces to create their own presence in a room. Amy Grant tells us that, “Without black, no color has any depth. But if you mix black with
everything, suddenly there’s shadow — no, not just shadow, but fullness. You’ve got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something real.” Grant speaks to the depth of the color black, which can also transpire through the values of the color. While sticking with a dark scheme, you are able to add in pieces that can range from light gray, to charcoal, to “pitch black,” all variations of the original color that will compliment each other in a room.
Now we know that some of you might be hesitant to join the “dark side.” We will forgive you eventually, but, until then, there are smaller items you can start off with to help ease yourself into the transition. Try introducing a dark table lamp that has some decorative features, like an Arteriors piece. Once you come to
like it LOVE it, you can then graduate to something slightly larger like a black finished wooden mirror. These great home accessories will help prove to you just how well black can play into the color scheme of your home. Having concrete visual proof will help you purchase larger pieces to be strategically placed throughout your home. If you won’t take our word for it, please heed the creative wit of Neiman Marcus, “Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” We realize the original context of this quote pertains to clothing selection, but we feel strongly that it still applies. Whether it is through the addition of a small accessory or a bold furniture piece, choosing black will make all the difference in your home!
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