White is crisp and cool. But if it’s all starting to feel a little clinical, you might be ready for a change. Bring some drama and sophistication to your space, not to mention a chic counterpoint to all that white, with the unexpected addition of black. Afraid to take that plunge into the deep, dark abyss? It’s easier than you think.
Black walls in an entry hall? All that glass, an eye-popping floor and ceiling, and glam details make this foyer a showstopper.
The black floors and fireplace in actress Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan apartment look sleek, especially with the light tones in the rest of the space, and the mirrored fireplace wall, which bounces light around the room.
Who would have thought black walls in the bedroom would be so chic? Keep the other furnishings light and finish it off with a sparkly chandelier for maximum glam.
You don’t have to cover almost every inch of your black walls with art… but it sure looks cool if you do.
You also don’t have to paint every wall black. Look at how the black feature wall in this New York living room designed by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent helps center the eye on the view out the dual windows. A stellar black coffee table and duo of chairs continue the color play.
Soapstone is a great way to introduce the color into your kitchen because it’s a softer black that has some white veining.
But if you really
want to make a statement in the kitchen, deck it out in black from the cabinets to the integrated appliances to the countertops to the beams above. Keeping the island counter white gives you all the contrast you need for an exceptional space.
Talk about glamour. If you’re thinking about black in the bathroom, take a cue from this chic space. Black, large-format subway tile and a black countertop work when you weave in some shiny chrome (and the big window streaming light into the space doesn’t hurt!).
If you don’t want to make such a large or (semi-) permanent change, think about transforming a piece of furniture. A tired dresser gets a whole new life with a coat of black paint. This piece started out pretty ragged and outdated in light and mid-tone brown.