& Pamela Blythe
If you were one of the combat shoppers that waited in mega mania crowds at 2 a.m. on Black Friday to get the perfect gift for Christmas at rock bottom pricing, we hope you were successful in your endeavor.
We, however, were no place near the long lines. Been there, done that, won’t do it again — ever. Well, maybe if DSW moves to town.
Everyday is black for most interior designers. The color black is a real color we use with gusto. It can create stunning and dramatic interior design and is elegant and sophisticated when used correctly. By correctly, we mean in small doses, as in accents, trims or focal points. Consider an ebony baby grand piano on a light colored neutral floor. Ebony and ivory are classic combinations. Large scale artwork with black frames and good lighting create interest on generously sized walls.
Unless you’re in nightclub mode, incorrect usage would be to paint all walls and the ceiling black. We can’t recommend black carpeting in good faith. It creates a magnetic field that attracts every particle of dust within a 20-mile radius. You’d have to vacuum yourself out of the room only to get to the doorway and see a piece of fuzz in the opposite corner.
Similarly, the maintenance of solid black upholstery is just too overwhelming. Instead, consider a black stripe or pattern instead.
Black always looks chic and it’s probably one of the most versatile accent colors. Women prolifically wear black. They say it’s slimming, which it is, but let’s face it, it’s just modern and flattering. We couldn’t survive without our LBD’s (little black dresses). And what man doesn’t look stunning in a black tuxedo?
The luggage carousel at the airport is filled with black luggage — make sure you pick up the right one. Black cars, black Harleys, black and white tile, Jack Black ... black is here to stay.
Get comfortable with it and use it in bold and daring ways. Here are some ideas to spark your inner creative self:
• Cream walls with black trim
• Create a safari theme with black and white zebra prints
• Modern style uses geometric patterns in black and white
• Vintage style adds gray to a black and white palette with lots of pattern
• French style uses black and white toile fabric patterns
• Black cabinets in bathrooms are sleek and stylish
• Add black architectural elements for drama – wainscot, mantle, or interior doors
• Make your black and white room come alive by adding brightly colored accents like lime, orange or red.