A Touch of Black

Interior designer Jan Showers once said, “Every room needs a touch of black” and when I examine the spaces pictured below, I’m certainly persuaded. We don’t have a lot of black in our home beyond the fireplace surrounds and the piano, but I’m considering adding more since a touch of black always ups the level of sophistication in any room when used in both small and large doses.

An easy way to begin introducing classic black into your home is through the use of dark curtain rods and with small furniture details. This elegant bathroom also benefits from a freestanding tub finished in matte sheen.


black tub and chair legs bhg


A chalkboard wall brings a touch of black into the home and also brings the fun along with it as a place to doodle, make lists, or leave notes to family members. 


chalkboard paint wall bhg



Furniture is another effortless way to introduce classic black – consider a small writer’s desk in a home office, a console in an entry way, a chic glossy black paint that gives new life to an old dresser, or a dignified four poster bed in a master bedroom. 


black desk bhg


black console table and mats bhg


glossy black dresser bhg


black four poster bed bhg


Take it to the next level by painting cabinetry in this deep and elegant shade – black cabinetry will guarantee drama in a home office, entry, or bathroom.


black home office cabinets bhg


black bathroom cabinets bhg


black and white vanity bhg


The medley of black and white is a combination that will always be timeless, and is the simplest way to bring sophisticated and dramatic contrast in any space. 


black tile and countertops in kitchen bhg


black kitchen countertops bhg


How do you decorate with touches of black in your home?



9 Responses to “ A Touch of Black ”

  1. A beautiful post as usual. I am so glad I found your fantastic blog

  2. I received a couple of hutches for my dining room (free) – they were a great style but painted bright orange! I had them repainted in black and they are stunning.

  3. Sounds divine Hope!

  4. Lovely, but I REALLY want to know what shades of WHITE are used on some of these walls! Any way to find out??? Thank you! All so pretty!

  5. Hi Mary, I wish I knew too, I don’t have sources guides for most spaces, if I did, I’d share!

  6. Thank you Nola!

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