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When it comes to decorating, black has a bit of a bad reputation. The shade is often perceived as being dark, depressing and dull when the opposite is actually true — black is dramatic, stylish and grounding, making it a must-have in every interior space. Its limitless versatility makes it a design favorite whether used as an accent or a statement-making hue. If you’re looking to welcome this authoritative color into your own space, draw inspiration from our model homes in Thorold, ON; Breslau, ON and Atlanta, GA.
DECORATING WITH BLACK
If nothing else, use black as your go-to accent color in every room of the home. Black can help pull a room together, add contrast without clashing and give the eye a place to rest. Using small doses of black repeatedly throughout a space will ensure that it feels unified; accents like black picture frames, textiles and vases are all that’s needed to make a room feel cohesive and stylish.
DESIGN TIP: When decorating with black, play with pattern and scale to boost visual interest and add depth and dimension. Linear patterns invigorate the Bixton master bedroom in Atlanta, GA. Get the Look: 1. Taylor Square Bone Box, CB2. 2. Peta Toss 20 x 20 Pillow, Urban Barn.
A shapely side table and geometric sculpture cozy up the living space in our Albright model in Atlanta, GA. Get the Look: 1. Crissman Star Object Set in Black, AllModern. 2. Fernando Accent Table, Crate & Barrel.
black AS THE ACCENT COLOR
Black works well with any color palette, making it a top choice for an accent hue. Pair it with bold pops of color and warm metals to punch up a space, or tone it down with other subdued neutrals. Lush velvet drapes create a dramatic focal point in this Riverland master ensuite. To create the illusion of higher ceilings, hang drapes closer to the ceiling. Get the Look: 1. Dekum 16″ Metal Dome Pendant, Rejuvenation. 2. Inside Out Velvet in Charcoal, Tonic Living.Black imparts a bold yet balanced look in this Legacy living room. Get the Look: 1. Acapulco Egg Chair in Black, CB2. 2. Black Sheepskin Throw, Crate & Barrel.
BLACK AS THE HERO HUE
When it comes to black, a little goes a long way. A few drops of paint can rejuvenate a tired space, call attention to architectural details, heighten contrast or add intrigue. This commanding hue rewards boldness, so don’t be afraid to get your paint brush wet.
A charcoal wall sets a serious tone for this study space at Legacy.
Hexagonal tiling offset by metallic grout makes for a dramatic shower moment at Riverland.
An all-black island pops against all-white cabinetry in this Legacy kitchen.
BLACK AS A STATEMENT
If you can’t resist having a little drama in your space, then don’t shy away from using black as your statement shade. Draw inspiration from our Hollywood Glamour model home in Breslau, Ontario, and create a cocooning bedroom space or eye-catching kitchen by using black boldly.
DESIGN TIP: To keep rooms from reading too dark, offset black with bright accent colors or crisp whites.
Cool and sophisticated, this kitchen is the true heart of the home with black cabinets, appliances, lighting and accessories.
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