Monday, 26 February 2018

Dark Interiors... why not?

I guess, not many of us would immediately fall in love with an idea of painting a room... black! First I've been like this too... I may wear black occasionally and feel comfy, but  b l a c k  in a much greater proportion is usually perceived quite negatively. Yet, here and there images of smartly styled dark interiors kept coming my way, and the idea has finally grown on me.
I like the aura of mystery the black imparts to a space. It creates a feeling of power, stability and sophistication. Also,  b l a c k  results to be a beneficial background to display things.
So, for my today's post I've gathered up some eye-catching examples of all-black rooms which, thanks to a proper styling and colour balance, don't look that oppressive, as we might have expected. You're going to be surprised to see how comfortable and at times even cheery dark rooms may appear to be...

on the left:  My favourite combination of black & cool tones of yellow! And, in love with the chair!...or, at least, its visible part:) Here you can also see my current obsession -- a collector's cabinet with a shade of light-yellow background!   ↑ And, the bedroom on the right  is my favourite kind of all-black interiors!  Rocky beaches in the foggy morning somewhere in Iceland... do you imagine the same when looking at this space? : "...Designer Hubert Zandberg’s own London townhouse reflects both his passion for collecting, as well as his South African heritage. The eclectic sitting room mixes contemporary art, animal ephemera and vintage weaponry for a chic, cabinet-of-curiosities effect. The oval mirrors are by Tommi Parzinger and the cushions are upholstered in Paul Smith fabrics."
Photo by Simon Upton.
↑Another great idea of placing a couple of display cases on either side of the wall to create symmetry in the space for more balance and harmony.

↑ These rooms are for those of us who still think that pure  b l a c k  is really too extreme. Smart decision  - lighter shades of black and grey colour palette. Here we have soft charcoal grades. The rooms seem to be enveloped by a gentle light! 
Use of muted gold, glass surfaces, bold ceramics in light tones and comfortable textiles -- all this makes for a cozy atmosphere and lightens up the spaces even more. 💙Mat glass pendant bubble lights, like a big cloud floating under the bed on the right is simply amazing!

on the left : The magnificent home of Swedish interior stylist Lotta Agaton | Photo by Pia Ulin for Residence Magazine
↑ Both rooms here posess more of a stern, masculine atmosphere. Large posters on the wall, white potted flowers are serving as indoor sources of "light..."

on the left: Great idea of bringing into a dark space architectural shapes, as an accent. Wood is always about bringing warmth into whatever kind of interior it may be. via interiorsbystudiom
on the right: Another idea of trying  b l a c k  in your house without going radical is... painting only one wall black or any of its lighter shades! Or you might like to experiment with a large built-in black bookcase and fill it with decor objects taking into account the key principles of interaction with the colour b la c k like e.g. those we're discussing today...

on the left: Photo by William Abranowicz.Art + Commerce : design by Mark Cunningham.
on the right: interior designer Dirk Jan Kinet.
↑Dominating  b l a c k  as on the right can also surprisingly make an old-world style interior dramatic and curious. Again, my fav juicy  y e l l o w  here completely satisfies the thirst for colour.

📍 Well, and finally, here you have my 5 tips on

🔼  Be flexible with DOMINANT COLOURS! Don't get stuck on just pure black as the dominant colour, but
use any of its lighter shades - e.g. charcoal, ebony, taupe, raisin black or onyx...
Check out wikipedia for more shades of black🖊...

🔼 SUBSIDIARY COLOURS: Use proper amount of w h i t e, also
making accents with one or two bright colours of your choice.
As I've already said, I love black paired with y e l l o w  -- acid yellow and cool lemon tones are the best. 
Anything  n e o n (that is to add playfulness to a space) --  e.g. green, pink and blue would look also just great glowing in the dark!

🔼 TRANSPARENCY & TRANSLUCENCY: clear, mat and smoked glass will lighten the heaviness of a dark ambience and make for the variety of textures. 
🔼 LIGHT, both natural and electrical, is very important in making dark interior look and feel comfortable.
Even an angle of light streaming in can be determining.

🔼 and lastly, the fun part of the game -- f i l l i n g  the space with QUIRCKY DECOR OBJECTS

⏩ SHADES OF GREY: Decorating with the most elegant of neutrals by Kate Watson-Smyth
⏩ ROCKETT St GEORGE: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George
⏩ BLACK & WHITE (and a Bit in Between) by Celerie Kemble


  1. Hola Zara! como te encuentras mi querida amiga?
    Esta muy lindo Tu Post, es otra alternativa para aquellos que se animan a algo mas audaz ... me agrada la idea de lo mobiliarios en negro, se ve muy elegante, pero en la combinación con una pared en negro
    se pierde el poder definir el limite de lo que tratamos de proyectar sobre ella .... bueno es solo una pequeña opinión de alguien que no esta en el tema :D ....
    Bueno mi linda amiga espero tener noticias tuyas cuando dispongas de tu tiempo libre .... Te dejo todo mi cariño mi dulce amiguita. Besos

    1. Hola Dasha, mi querida!! ¡Tanto placer que me hayas visitado por aquí! Me siempre interesa y aprecio tu sincera opinion en cualquier tema que tocamos! Bueno, de acuerdo que incorporar el color negro en un interior es una cosa de mucho riesgo:)
      Pienso que hay que tener claro como balancear la paleta de colores secundarios, las texturas de materiales y formas de objetos y muebles... Tal vez algún que otro secreto más que solo los profesionales pueden guardar =)
      Así que sería bien tener un pequeño rincón en casa donde entrenarse con proyectos arriesgados:))
      Te voy a escribir más, espero que por la tarde!
      TQM -besitos!😘

  2. Me seria difícil poder imaginar una pared en color negro
    aunque estoy de acuerdo que te habilita a jugar con la
    paleta de colores en sus accesorios para darle el toque de
    belleza a ese fondo.

    Me agrada la gama del Azul y recuerdo haberlo realizado hace tiempo ...
    Claro que es mi color de preferencia y siempre trato de incorporarlo
    en alguno de los objetos de decoración, aunque desearía poder tener
    algún día mi cuarto decorado todo de azul con su gama de paleta ...

    Pasa un hermoso Fin de Semana. Tqm. Besitos

    1. Azul sería hermoso, especialmente en combinación con mucho Blanco! ¿Y que estilos prefieres en tu casa?
      Ok, nada oscuro para las entradas seguientes!;)
      Con cariño♡