Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Black Out

Black walls have been popular in decorating for a few years now so I am not being too cutting edge here but despite the paint's popularity with designers it's a trend that hasn't really made its way into our living rooms and bedrooms. I guess it's the equivalent to fashion's dip into the crop top pool in 2008 - fine on runway, not on real bodies. The truth is, this is a look that we shouldn't be intimidated by. Paired with lots of white, gold, and pops of bright colors, black rooms are incredibly glamourous! Maybe you don't want to do a nursery in it (although J. Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons did) but try it in a bathroom, or start with one wall in your bedroom. If you're still feeling unsure just check out these insanely fabulous rooms below for some inspiration...

The high gloss black in this kitchen (even on the ceiling) is balanced by the crisp white floor and trim.

Nothing sexier than gold on black.

The work of designer Kelley Proxmire, of Kelley Interior Design in Washington, D.C

Work by designer, Larry Laslo. A bedroom with black walls and Philippe Starck black chandelier
Bringing in a splash of your favorite color is easy in an all black room.

Gorgeous image from House Beautiful Magazine

The work of John Jacob Zwiegelaar of John Jacob

I love everything about this shot, it's feminine but edgy.

The work of Vicente Wolf as featured in Elle Decor Magazine

October 2008 issue of Domino magazine featured the home of J. Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons

Donatella Versace for the Plaza featured in the September issue of House & Garden Magazine

A big white bed looks perfectly in place against a high gloss black wall.

Even traditional style furniture works in a black room.

Again we see a pop of color (yellow looks great!)

A room by designer Candice Olson

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