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Black has withstood the test of time. It's a color that defines the ideals of classic design, and for good reason -- it's bold, it's revitalizing, and it has the power to redirect our focus and add a sense of architectural elegance with the swipe of a paintbrush or placement of a piece of furniture. Here are some easy tricks for incorporating the hue into your own home.
If you're not ready to infuse your space with a rich palette accented by black, try incorporating softer charcoal tones instead. This saturated color still packs a punch, but doesn't risk overwhelming the space like black can. Layer in a few shades of dark gray to achieve a subtle sense of drama.
Hanging curtains along the ceiling is a favorite trick among savvy decorators, but to further the impact, use black curtains. If the ceiling is low, this trick will add the illusion of extra inches, and if the ceiling already is high, the pop of contrast will firmly establish the focal point.
When it comes to combining patterns, the first rule of thumb is to pay attention to color scheme. A unified palette throughout -- like this classic black and white scheme -- will bring cohesion to seemingly disparate designs. Pay attention to scale, combining a large pattern with a medium sized one, and then finish with a small, repeated design.
Don't forget to look up and establish your style there, too! Here, a set of thoughtfully placed black metal drapery rods seem to add the perfect finishing touch to the space. The heavy contrast stops the eye and redirects it back to the homey scene unfolding within the rest of the family room. Black is used throughout the space (within the rug design, the coffee table, fireplace surround, and sofa), so the black curtain rods don't feel out of place.
There are certain rooms in a home that can get away with a pop of unexpected interest, and the bathroom is one of them. Let your fancy take flight by hanging a nature-inspired, black-and-white wallpaper pattern around your sink or vanity. The high-contrast character looks especially striking against white fixtures and cabinetry.
Set the mood in your formal dining room with a bold, ebony wall color, then layer the rest of the space with pure black accents. The graphite color of the walls in this room layers nicely behind the black display shelves for a look that feels sophisticated and brimming with intrigue. Perfect the look with neutral furniture and warm wood finishes to balance the rest of the room.
Black is a color that is best embraced in stages. If the hue is new to you, try starting small. Wall art is a great place to begin, as it can be layered in over time, and can be changed out easily as the mood strikes. Chalkboard-painted message boards, black-and-white photography and charcoal-framed fine art allow you to settle into the trend without going all-out up front.
When it comes to black, a little goes a long way. You can easily establish a high-contrast vibe with a single chair upholstered in an black-and-white stripe. Without another piece of black in the entire room, the thoughtful accent chair becomes a crowd-pleasing conversation piece -- not to mention everyone's favorite place to land.
Transform your fireplace into the focal point it was always meant to be with a few coats of pure black paint. When layered into a largely white or neutral space, focus is instantly directed to the fireplace. The pop of classic color also draws attention to the natural architectural details of the space itself -- and all this is accomplished with nothing but a can of paint and a paintbrush.
Bring the focus front and center with a black, glass-top coffee table -- a great way to accentuate a comfy conversation area. The dark color succeeds in drawing the eye away from less-than-ideal aspects of a space, such as small square footage. Instead, you notice a pretty color palette and feel the stately elegance that comes with those bold black details.
A simple black-and-white stripe is one of the most classic tricks you can employ in a space. It's a wonderful way to layer in dark hues without committing to a space fully outfitted in the color.
Take the time to plan out the accents in your space. If neutrals rule the room, consider adding pops of black in items like throw pillows, blankets, and frames. This adds visual layering to the room by relying on edgy, high-contrast pairings.
We all know black has the tendency to instantly draw the eye, so use this reaction to your advantage -- create a strong focal point for your bedroom with an ebony-color headboard. The ultramodern color can be softened with a tufted silhouette, as shown here. It's the perfect balance of contemporary and traditional design.
Throw caution to the wind with this design trick -- use the richness of black tile to ground your space, then use it on the walls, too. White shiplap paneling from floor to mid-wall gives the eye a visual break, while the top layer of black finishes the look and balances the room's saturated color palette.