SheKnows spacelifts: Decorating with black

Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET

A color known for its dark appeal, black can actually make your home look quite elegant. Rich in mystery, you will learn ways to introduce one of the darkest colors into your abode.

Decorating with black
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Black in the bathroom

One of the biggest misconceptions about black is that is can make a room look cramped or small. Sure, incorporating black threads into your fashion can help a person look slimmer, but believe it or not, black can help add depth to your interiors. Whether you have a small or large bathroom, consider adding black into your palette. You can do so with paint or wallpaper, along with textiles like bath towels and mats. Pair black with white for a classic approach to design that is both timeless and elegant.

Black in the bathroom

Hand towels (Ikea, $4),  Tissue box (CB2, $5),
Shower curtain (Bed, Bath & Beyond, $20), Bath mat (Wayfair, $38)


Black in the bedroom

If there's one place you should use black in your home, it's the bedroom. Create a dramatic statement with black polished or lacquered surfaces and decor. As black pairs well with any and every color, have fun mixing and matching hues. One great idea to consider is marrying black against metallics like chrome, gold or bronze. You can anchor your room with all-black walls and use other neutrals like white and gray for your bedding. This will help keep the room from feeling too dark. The use of wooden accents (jute rugs, for example) also looks amazing against black.

Black in the bedroom

Pillowcase set (ModCloth, $30), Decorative boxes, set of two (ZGallerie, $50),
Owl lamp (Target, $40), Sequin pillow (H&M, $15)


Black in the kitchen

Unlike the other areas in your home, your kitchen only needs small doses of black. Look to incorporate the color in your dinnerware, textiles (think table runner and place mats) and small appliances. Once again, black looks beautiful when paired against whites and other neutrals like cream and gray. Feel free to play around with different patterns, as black is the best color for experimenting. Chances are you will find tons of options in the dinner and serveware department. Decorative accents are always appreciated.

Black in the kitchen

Napkins (Crate & Barrel, $7), Cake stand (ZGallerie $10-$25),
Lacquer tray (West Elm, $39), Pillar candles (Pier 1, $10-$12)

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