October 19th, 2011

Ok, so I’ve been around the block so to speak…designing interiors that is.  Never one to toot my own horn or anything but, I’ve noticed over the years that tried and true principles in design never seem to disappoint.  Large scale mouldings, rich hardwood floors, great lighting, furniture situated around a focal point, symmetrical built-ins…I could go on (but I’ll leave a little something for future posts).  But one thing I can almost guarantee is add a hit of black to a room, any room, and it will have incredible impact.

 One of the easiest ways to inject black into your room is through lighting.  You can’t go wrong with classic black iron lanterns.

One of my favourite ways to update a tired, blah living room is to paint the mantle black.  Try it!  It’s just paint!  Guaranteed, it will make any cookie-cutter mantle look a thousand times more interesting…

Another super easy update is to paint out your interior doors.  You can keep the white trim but choose a true black in a satin finish for the doors.  9 times out of 10 I’m also painting the railing on the stairs a high-gloss black.  Marine paint is the trick.  Wears like a dream.  Notice the hardware and the frames in this image as well.  Against pale walls & cabinetry, these hits of black look pretty amazing.


I’m also a big fan of spraying out pieces of furniture with a slick coat of black lacquer, rather than refinishing.  You’ll save yourself quite a bit of money and time and some pieces just aren’t worth the added cost and headache.  With the right hardware, the results are always successful.  If you have the guts, also try a flat black accent wall like Jenna Lyons (of J.Crew) did in her nursery.  I’m dying to do it!

You just can’t beat classic black & white.  It just pops and adds so much depth and interest to an otherwise flat interior.  Works every time.

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