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Black is Back and Better than Ever

By May 19, 2019July 17th, 2024Interior Design Tips

Black Modern Italian leather sofa from Gamma

If you are anything like us, you know that a good color scheme comes in all shapes and sizes. For a while, white held center stage. It was the mecca of it all. While we wouldn’t go throwing away your entire white-washed walls just yet, another color is taking over, and it’s time you thought of ways to incorporate it into your home—black.

That’s right. Interior designers are now taking an entirely new approach to color in design. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.

From lighting fixtures and wall trim to painting entire walls, black might be our favorite color of the moment. The best part is that you can add black to just about any room without it clashing with your current style. This is especially true for homes that incorporate modernism or contemporary, as it adds a touch of minimalism without being too flashy.

If you are ready to take the turn towards the sophisticated, here are a few tips to get you started in the right direction.


Using Black In Design Tip 1: Use black on multiple surfaces, objects, accessories, or fixtures

Black Modern leather sofa from Gamma with black accents and fixtures

One of the reasons we advise homeowners to use black on one of the larger portions of your home is that it makes it easier to incorporate darker colors later on. If you have a stand-alone black object or black wall without another complimentary item, it will feel like a mistake. Add in various black accessories so that the color feels deliberate and professional.

Tip 2: Try black flooring

A black floor is a great place to start decorating your home. Having a darker flooring as your base also allows you to use black and lighter colors in the rest of your design. Not ready to make the big jump into an all-black surface? We love using rugs with black and white colors or even a black couch. These more prominent sized elements can really set the tone for the rest of your space.


Black wood flooring Modern dining furniture from Cattelan



Tip 3: Mix black and white for contrast

An all-white interior is most new homeowner’s dream. The trend really popularized when Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines used it for her modern farmhouse-inspired homes. Today, the best way homeowners can update their space is by throwing in black pieces. This darker color adds depth while making your home feel modern and fresh. It adds that wow factor that really brings your home to life!

Tip 4: Don’t be afraid of using black in small spaces

One of the oldest rules in the design book is that you should avoid using dark paint colors in smaller areas. When it comes to decorating your more modest spaces, most go with an all-white color scheme to make the room feel bigger than it actually is. But now small-spaces are getting all of the attention by swapping out white for black. We suggest painting your bathroom black for starters.

Tip 5: Black finishes are always a go-to

Black finishes and hardware on modern shelving from Cattelan

Don’t get us wrong—we love metallic finishes and accents. But if you want to try something new go for a black finish. Right now, black iron pieces and accessories are trendy and easy to find for most homeowners. We even carry pieces that pair perfectly with these black finishes. Use black iron candlesticks and lighting fixtures in your dining room or kitchen as well as black iron bookends in the family room or home office.

Tip 6: Add in lighter colors

It’s important that you don’t go overboard with your black color scheme. Having too much black can make your home feel crowded and dark. Combat this with a balance of white or light color elements. Just as we talked about before, it also adds an extra contrast and pulls everything together in a better, more harmonious way.

Tip 7: Get expert advice

Rich Modern living room with Black accents and details

Ready to incorporate black into your home? Get expert advice from the team at San Francisco Design—contact us or visit us in-store today. You can also shop from hundreds of furniture pieces to find the perfect addition for your space. Check out our online store for a few options.