woke up later than usual this morning, tore down the stairs, and frantically helped get the little ones ready for school. Shortly after their launch, I poured my cup of coffee and planted myself at my desk (still in p.j.’s) scrambling to find images for a “wednesday white” post. Then it dawned on me, Wednesday was yesterday. So I started thinking…what could I blog about that’s interesting? Then I thought about the opposite of white.
Today we gaze at beautiful, illustrious black spaces. Black is sleek, sophisticated and powerful. It takes guts to commit to this scheme. But first you have to know if it’s the right color for you.
HOW TO KNOW IF BLACK IS FOR YOU:
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I drawn to dark, cozier spaces?
- Does my mood remain pleasant and comfortable when I’m in a room with a dark palette for more than a few hours?
- Will my mate/spouse/children be able to cope with black?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then most likely black could be a great scheme for your room.
Who could forget Aerin Lauder’s home as seen in Elle Decor and House & Garden 2007.
If shiney AND black is your thing, check out Miles Redd. He always kills it with the whole black lacquer vibe.
Do you desire a dash of equestrian chic in your dark palette? Black can go there.
Zig zags and black. Yum.
A generous dose of black with pops of cream or white? Yep. Windsor Smith did that beautifully in her own kitchen.
Black chalkboard walls, black pendants. Offset with white and cream. Love it.
HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT BLACK FOR YOU:
- Consider the amount of light your room receives throughout the day. Is it already dark? Do you have tons of light most of the day? Do you face the East and only get morning light? All of these factors will help you decide how dark you want to or should go.
- Decide exactly how black you’re willing to go. Do you want a moody, dark space? If so, plan for proper points of light evenly spaced around your room in the evening hours. Do you just want dark walls but light colors on your main furniture pieces? Then plan to slip-cover a sofa or chairs in flax tones or creams for breathing lighter shades into your room. Layering a patterned rug with both black and white will also help unify the extreme combination of black and white; but be sure and bring in other colors and textures in small accents to break it all up.
- Test your colors on LARGE samples that are at least 36″ in height. Watch your sample during different times of the day so you can see how you like it with sunlight and evening light with your lamps.
GRAPHITE vs BLACK:
If your room is already dark, or if you don’t want to go totally black, you may consider a more graphite inspired tone, such as Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore. See my previous interview with friend and Interior Designer, Janie Hirsch to view a room she did in Iron Mountain – it’s fabulous. That particular room had generous light pouring in – I clearly remember that when I walked around the room with her.
BEAUTIFUL BLACK PAINTS:
If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are a few beautiful blacks that you may want to check out.
Ben Moore French Beret 1610 [gorgeous, velvety black]
Ben Moore Midnight Oil 1631 [slight greyish blue undertone]
Ben Moore Black Satin 2131-10 [pure black, perfect for lacquering walls]