Ways to Incorporate Black Into Your Space
Recently as I was doing my nightly scroll through Pinterest, I noticed that I was consistently pinning any photo that featured black, dramatic accents. This was so strange for me! I love light, white, bright, anything that looks open and clean. I realized, after looking back through the photos I had just pinned, that I was being drawn to the drama. Having black accents gives you space a focal point. It gives your space some "umph" (one of my favorite words when I am at a loss for the perfect term). I wanted to share with you all what I found!
1. I am a mega fan of painted brick - it is one of my favorite "go-to's" for any home that has that outdated orange/ pink brick that just needs to be covered up! It's a great way to update a space without having to waste good materials. However, I NEVER thought about painting it black!! Look at this image below. How fun is this space?? I love black mixed with wooden elements because, despite the rules of fashion, I have always loved black and brown together. I am especially fond of these HUGE light fixtures - what a statement.
2. If painting an entire wall seems like too much for your space, painting your interior doors is the perfect compromise. I have had some of my own clients wanting to accent a few doors in black and I am all for it. I think you can choose only a few doors to paint black or you can commit to having all of your interior doors painted black. There are no rules!
Lets face it, though - white doors get dirty. I can't tell how often I am in someone's house (especially with children) and I see hand prints on the door. I even saw a make up hand print on one of my friend's bedroom doors the other day (you know who you are). When I see photos that show off black doors, I always think to myself "YASSS!"
SIDE NOTE: I follow Kate Rumson on Instagram who is the founder of The Real Houses of Instagram. She just re-did a condo where she features some beautifully painted black doors. I am not posting a photo on purpose so you go look her up!
3. I am crazy about mixing a dark grout with a subway tile. I just think it helps to show off the shape of the tile better and add interest. I especially like it in the image below where it helps tie in the wall tile with the floor tile. This really helps marry the wall and floor without being matchy-matchy.
Another thing that makes this bathroom below so inspiring is the white wall, white tub and white subway tile in contrast with the black ceiling, black plumbing fixtures, black hardware, black grout and black floor tile. I am drawn to any space that features all neutral colors and still manages to be this interesting.
4. I can feel that I am about to stick my foot in my mouth so I will say it fast... Is anyone getting a little bit tired of white shiplap yet? I am still into it, but i'm getttttting over it. This powder room photographed below, helped spark a new interest in me when it comes to this popular trim detail. Wow! This powder room is stunning. I love how bold Studio McGee got with this space. Typically people are afraid to go this dark in a small space, but this definitely works! Click the button below to see more images from this home that features black in every room (good rule of thumb).
5. Painting your walls black in a dining room with tall wainscoting is another great way to add drama with contrast without creating a space that is too dark. This wainscoting is SO popular in my home building world and I have a lot of buyers who want to venture out with a darker color here, but often decide to play it safe instead. DON'T PLAY IT SAFE - look how beautiful this is! It is just striking. The black and white walls also allow you to incorporate other colors and textures without limits. (The limit does not exist! - had to ;))
6. I am definitely a believer that you don't have to go as bold as some of the images above. Sometimes just subtle black accents in a space can be just as effective. The image below pops black with side chairs lighting and a simple black frame. It is just a few small accents, but does the trick. I love how sleek and clean the black is in comparison with the rough textures seen in the wood and brick accent wall.
This is another great place to show of your dark side. I think there are a few different ways to use black on the exterior of your home. You can go black on black like the image above for a deep, dramatic, elegant look. You can do black with white trim like the image below which is going to make a statement through contrasting colors or you can do a white house with black accent which has the same effect in reverse. I personally think a house pops more if the main house color is dark and the trim is the lightest part. This way, the white trim details like gable brackets, columns, shutters, windows, etc., are the pieces that jump to your eye first before you see the rest of the house. Because these elements are often the most detailed pieces to an exterior, I think it makes sense for them to be given center stage.
Take the white house below and flip it in your mind - keeping all of these elements the same, but flipping the location of white and black is going to create a more modern take on the traditional farmhouse exterior trend. This image is classy, clean, and timeless - flipping it will still be clean but also edgy and modern. Honestly, you can't go wrong either way, but I'm becoming more and more into black siding by the minute.
8. Here I go again - about to say something I might regret, but as much as I LOVE white cabinets, I really need black cabinets, right now. My most overused word in this blog might be drama, but just look at it!! Stun-ning! This kitchen to me is another great example of a way to modernize the traditional farmhouse look. This is still country, but chic. Side note - I'm obsessed with light hardwood flooring so these floors are another A+ for this space.
I absolutely hear you - a small kitchen may not be able to take on this look, overall. When I say something is amazing - that doesn't mean it is amazing for every space and maybe not for your space, but I also think there is solution for this one! If you are fearful that your small kitchen would be overwhelmed by black cabinets, why not try it with a two tone look? Maybe do only your base cabinets black or maybe just your island? That's what I love about no rules.
Please, if you have a minute (I know this post is long), click on the image above and flip through the images of this kitchen renovation designed by Sarah Gibson. She did such an amazing job. Flipping through the photos, you will notice that this kitchen is small, but it can handle the black cabinets with grace. Keeping the heaviness at the bottom really helps this kitchen to still feel light and helps the ceilings look taller. Bravo, Sarah Gibson!!
One last thought on black cabinets. Again, if you feel that your space can't handle all of the heaviness, try open shelving above. Open shelves are going to look light and open which helps offset the weight of the black cabinets below.
I think I could continue to go on and on about this topic, but I feel that I should leave the rest to you! What are some ways that you have incorporated black into your interior & exterior spaces? I would love to hear all about it or see photos of what you've accomplished!
Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.
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