As much as we love that insta-worthy Muji aesthetic of crisp, white walls, there is nothing quite as powerful and sophisticated as stark black interiors. And contrary to popular belief, dark colors don’t necessarily make a room feel claustrophobic — that is, when done right of course! With a little bold creativity, any room of the house can use black in its favour. Let our designers guide you through on how to use black for your home interior!
1. Start With Black Accents
If you have been avoiding the color black in your home, the easiest to start is with black hued décor and accessories. Start with one or two accessories to add some subtle splashes of black in your home, and see how their addition transform the space. And keep introducing the colour until you feel confident to go for more.
2. Contrast with other colours
An overdose of jet black can make a space feel a little overwhelming to live in, but it is entirely possible and pleasingly elegant when done right! So it is important that you try to balance the black with other neutral shades for the best effect. Popular options include neutral shades like soft beige, ivory white and light grey. A good guide is to keep the number of colours to a maximum of three, as anything more than that amount is probably overdoing it. Keep it simple!
3. Avoid clutter
Too much clutter in the room tend to not go well with black spaces; a black wall calls for a minimalistic and very modern theme.
4. Natural lighting is key
Too much of darkness can have a very claustrophobic effect, making spaces appear closed-in and small. That is because black tends to absorb all the light in a room, giving it a dungeon-like feel when done wrong. You should introduce as much natural lighting as possible to offset that effect with wider windows, avoiding the use of black curtains or drapes. If not, try to install more artificial lighting for better illumination.
5. Introduce mood lighting
Emulating the darkness with mood lighting can drastically elevate your space. The shadows cast by the lights will blend seamlessly into the black surroundings to create a sensuous ambiance which feels more intimate and cozy than a space with very bright accents.
6. Use grey to soften the look
Black and white may be the classic combination for monochromatic themes, but they can sometimes be a little too contrasting to look at. Opt for shades of grey in between to soften that high-contrast look. Elegant and timeless, the grey shades produces a softer effect than black and white while still maintaining that classy, monochromatic colour palette.
7. Break it up
If the black walls and ceiling become too expansive, you can break up that monotony with furnishings such as panels, artworks and different finishes, or adding extra furniture and accessories in between. And if you’re up for it, you can even make your own DIY crafts and artworks to add some original look to your living spaces!
8. Throw in some textures
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While black interiors may not boast a colourful palette, you can make up for it with textures or patterns. It can be as simple as a fluffy rug, or a soft cushion. The key here is to introduce detailed textures that contrast against the otherwise smooth backdrop to add some visual contrasts for a dynamic look.
9. …and reflective surfaces
Glossy floors and shimmering finishes are just some of the techniques that interior designers use to brighten up any home. Rather than absorbing it, these reflective finishes enable ambient light to bounce back to the surroundings. This helps to improve the brightness of the space in a more subtle way.
10. Gold for the final touch
Few color combinations work as well as black and gold when it comes to elegance and timelessness. But this classic color duo is treasured since the time of ancient Egypt for a good reason. If you’re adventurous enough for stunning living spaces, then seek some gold accents for that extra oomph!