How to Use Black in Your Interior Design
Blinds and shades don't need to be light to let in the light. Check out our recommendations of how can you best incorporate black into your interior design.
Every year, there seems to be a new “it” color, and everyone uses the same expression to explain how integral this color will be for interior designers. Tell us if this sounds familiar. [Insert color] is the new black. Whether it’s pink, orange, or even Ultra Violet, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018, designers are always looking for the latest trend in color to put their interiors over the top. But there is a reason everyone compares the latest trend to black; it’s timeless. “Black has been around for a long time,” says interior designer Laurel Bern. “It is a classic color.” And it isn’t going away any time soon.
“Every room needs some black,” says interior designer Simon Storey. The color “invigorates a room with its grand aptitude for statement design,” add Amy Preiser and Kelsey Kloss, Elle Decor. So, how can you best incorporate black into your interior design? Here are a few ideas to help make your room pop!
Black Paint Makes a Statement
“Black may not be a color that you’d immediately jump to when picking out a paint shade, but we’d love to help you reconsider,” says Arlyn Hernandez, Apartment Therapy. Dark colors, like black, “make such a great backdrop for lots of different textures and colours,” adds interior designer Michele Birch. In fact, black may be the perfect color to really give your interior some pizazz.
Black Walls: You need to be 100% committed to really make black walls work. So, if you find yourself on the fence, consider an accent wall instead. “If this is your first black-wall rodeo, don’t go for broke if you’re a little apprehensive,” says Hernandez. “Painting just one wall brings in the drama without enveloping you in darkness, and is a particularly good trick for a small space.” But it takes some careful planning to really pull of this look.
- Planning Proper Accessories: When working with a black wall, it is important to carefully plan out the rest of your decor. “The key to making black walls work is to ensure a great majority of everything else in the room pops against it,” says Hernandez. “This means lighter color furnishings, floors, moldings, accents and even art.” Otherwise, you risk your room looking like a dark cave, which brings us to our next consideration…
- Ample Lighting: Of course, black walls are not for every environment, warns Hernandez. “If your living room or bedroom is lacking in windows, you may want to reconsider,” says the designer. This is because black walls require a lot of natural light to really work.
Black Ceilings: For the truly daring designer, black walls just aren’t enough.
- Accent Ceiling: Instead of an accent wall, consider painting your ceiling black, says Beth Rucker, HGTV. “This technique works well in small spaces with crisp, white walls,” says the designer, especially when paired with black accents around the room.
- Black on Black: Of course, you could take this idea even further and paint both your walls and ceiling black, says Karen Ziga, House Beautiful.“Carrying the black paint from wall to ceiling creates a seamless look that doesn’t distract from these bold elements.”
Black Window Treatments
Window treatments don’t need to be light to let in the light. At Next Day Blinds, we offer a variety of black window treatment options:
Hardwood Shutters: “Custom shutters elevate the design of any room, as they look more like an architectural element than a window treatment,” says home designer Keith Summerour. Perhaps best of all, our Hardwood Shutters can be painted any color, but black is a popular option. Our paint is a furniture-grade and lacquer-based paint. And we paint our shutter panels after they’ve been assembled, which allows for paint to cover and fill all seams that are created by the connecting and joining of the wood components.
Honeycomb Shades: One of our more versatile window shades is also one of our most eye catching, especially our Sheer Honeycomb Shades in Black Suede. “Cellular Shades, also known as Honeycomb Shades, are one of the hottest new trends in window shades,” writes interior design blogger Christie Craig of Houston Lifestyles & Homes magazine.
Savannah Shadings: Our Light Filtering and Room Dimming Savannah Shadings come in a stunning Black Aura fabric. Soft and elegant with a luminous glow, these window treatments infuse style and ambiance into any room.
Black Accessories that Really Work
“[Black is] bold, it makes the colors painted, perched or paired beside it pop and it conveys a sense of drama,” says Jackie Dishner, HGTV. “Rather than featuring black on a large piece of furniture, choose a black accent table or accent chair as a highlight and use the color as an accent throughout the room.”
Here are a few ways to accessorize your interior with this statement color.
Bold Interior Doors
“For the past few years, designers have been upping the trim and molding game with coats of bold, black paint,” says Rucker. “Now, black interior doors are having a moment.” If this is a trend that catches your attention, there is still one more decision to be made: glossy or matte?
- Glossy: “If your room doesn’t get much light, opt for a high-gloss or semi-gloss paint finish for your black door,” says Rucker. “The sheen will reflect what light is in the space, making it seem brighter.
- Matte: “If your room is white or draws a lot of light, a matte finish is a better option,” says Rucker.
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