Karl Lohnes: Welcome the Color Black Into Your Home

Here are some ways to bring the darkest of all neutrals into your home, whether you’re looking for a big spin or subtle mood swings.

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The color that everyone loves to hate is back.

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With Halloween (boo!) Upon us, there’s no better time to welcome the seasonal color of black back into our homes. 35 years have passed since black was popular in home décor. In the 1980s, it was everywhere in modern-style rooms, from black lacquered furniture to shiny ceramic lamps.

I always say that everything that goes around comes around, but never in the same way. The difference between then and now is that the finishes were ultra-glossy in the 80s, but now we see black in softer matte finishes for a more subtle effect. Are you ready to welcome the darkest of all neutrals into your home? Here are some ways to bring the black back, whether you’re looking for a big spin or subtle mood swings.

Go big with black

Painting a room black is an easy way to improve the look of a room and make it more sophisticated. Furniture and art stand out from the dark color; and the neutrality of black does not compete with other colors and tones. Black is also a great wall color to highlight antique furniture – the furniture appears lighter compared to heavy black, and the color acts as a frame that draws attention to each piece. Many people think that painting a room in a dark color will make it appear smaller, but in fact, black makes the walls visually recede, thus achieving the opposite effect.

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Do you like the idea of ​​black walls but are you afraid to jump right in? Try a black focal wall or use it in a room with lots of cabinets, built-ins, or paneling, so you see less of it. If painting a room black isn’t your thing, but you’re still intrigued, try adding black furniture to achieve the effect you’re looking for. Take into account the tonal balance in the room. A large black sofa in front of a couple of off-white chairs can make the room look crooked. You can achieve balance in the room by offsetting a large, dark piece of furniture with other pieces of medium or dark colors.

Tip: For modern rooms, paint trim, built-in cabinets and crisp white ceilings. For traditional rooms, use a very pale cream or taupe color.

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Black accents

Although decorators go for black, you’ve already heard the refrain: “Every room needs a touch of black,” it can be difficult to introduce it without making the room feel dark or heavy. If going big and bold with black isn’t for you, add it in accents throughout your home.

The key to successfully customizing black is being consistent – change door knobs, hardware (hinges, cabinets, etc.), light fixtures, and photo frames to black for an intentional look.

One of the biggest trends that the return of black has ushered in is black kitchen and bathroom faucets. Considered the jewel of those rooms, black faucets are the perfect remedy to add punctuation and sophistication to these hard-working spaces.

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Tip: Can you mix matte black accessories with other finishes like silver or gold? Yes, as long as the gold or silver accessories have a different finish, such as shiny gold and matte black.

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Paint it black

Want to add impact to a room by highlighting a feature? Paint these three accents black to add instant powder.

– If paintable, add black to the mantel to ground the room with visual weight and add some mystery around the flame.

– Paint the lower kitchen cabinets black. This is a great way to incorporate existing black appliances and it looks great with the white top (it’s called a “tuxedo” look).

– Paint all your interior doors black. Use a black chalkboard paint in a child’s room for a fun, casual feel.

Do you have a decorating dilemma or want to give your opinion? You can contact Karl on Instagram at Karl Lohnes.

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