The color black works magic

In interior design, black is as dramatic as it is in couture. Think of classic Audrey Hepburn – the little black dress, the perfect pair of black pumps, the quilted black Chanel bag or the sporty black petal pushers.

Casual to dressy, there isn’t anything that doesn’t look good in black – and the same goes for interiors.

To some, black may seem to be the most somber color, but it also can create definition, lend a striking contrast and provide an anchor in a room. The elegance of black in an interior creates a sophisticated feel with even the most minimal accents.

Black has a way of showing up in the most traditional rooms to the very contemporary. Black lacquer coffee tables and side tables work well in contemporary interiors because of their elegance, simplicity and unobtrusiveness in a room. That sleek and sophisticated appeal of black is also very dramatic in granite, tiles, slate and other hard surface materials.

One of my favorite spots is the Ralph Lauren store on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, aka The Magnificent Mile. The home furnishings department is always my first stop.

Last December, it was decorated beautifully for the holidays, but what stood out was the brilliant use of black suede fabric covering the walls in one of the vignettes. I had to rub my hand across the wall to make sure it was really what it looked like. Accented with white molding, bold plaid fabrics and a very gutsy leather sleigh bed, it was contemporary chic holding hands with traditional, handsome elements.

The classic combination of black and white never goes out of style. Tweed, houndstooth, and graphic patterns in black and white are showing up everywhere in the showrooms. These 1930s and 1940s designs are modern, very compelling and back in vogue.

Fortunately, black and white provide the perfect background for another color – even if it’s in limited amounts. For instance, mix black and white with red for an unbeatable knockout punch. In a black and white bathroom, add bright yellow accents or towels. For an upscale French country look, use elegant black and white striped fabric on draperies and upholstery, and mix with black and white toile. It’s a sure winner.

Penelope’s Style Tips
- Use black picture frames and mats to draw attention to art and photographs.
- Mix black accents to create a striking contrast and definition in a room.
- Update a lamp with a black lampshade for a dramatic and sophisticated look.
- Use upholstery pieces and accent pillows in black and white graphic patterns to bring big impact to a room.
- Add black lacquer accent tables or accessories for glamour and elegance.

Related posts:

  1. Style Matters: Swedish design uses pale colors to lighten rooms
  2. Style Matters: Say it with stripes
  3. The power of healing sought with ‘Magic Water’
  4. Style Matters: A few design tricks worth a lot of treats
  5. Sparkling wine magic

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=7329

Posted by sevigon on Nov 6, 2008. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Alumni and Advancement Center named for longtime supporters Larry and Cindy Bloch of Rancho Santa Fe
    The University of Rochester’s Alumni and Advancement Center in Rochester, N.Y. has been renamed the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center in recognition of the couple’s support of the university and, in particular, its Advancement programs. In a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 15, UR President Joel Seligman formally dedicated the center in honor of […]
  • RSF Association Board Biz: It’s fire season: Be prepared
    The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) was officially formed in 1946, in the aftermath of a devastating fire that took place in 1943 and destroyed brush, farmland and homes from Rancho Bernardo through Rancho Santa Fe, all the way to Solana Beach and Del Mar. Today the Fire District spans 38 square miles and protects nearly 30,000 residents. W […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe couple lead way in helping those with thyroid disorders
    Few people may know that Graves’ disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases afflicting Americans today. Fewer still may know that the only national non-profit dedicated to its patients is headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe. The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, co-chaired by Rancho Santa Fe residents Kathleen Bell Flynn and Steve Flynn, has be […]