Use black colour in your interior design and transform a room completely!

Can you see yourself decorating a room in your home in black or is just the thought of it appealing for you? Or maybe you would feel like you belonged to the Addams family if you did?

I will show you how to decorate a room using black without the room turning into something scary or dark. I will also show you how to use books in interior design.

Black interior design is very hot in some parts of Europe and the black colour can be just about anything you want it to be. It can be a great accent colour or it can be the colour you build your whole decoration around.

At first, consider the following quote that says it all:

"Without black, no colour has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there's shadow - no, not just shadow, but fullness. You've got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that's real." -- Amy Grant

So true and a complete description about what black can do for your! Black can be defined as the absence of all other colours or as the present of pigments from all others colours. Black is often associated with negative associations but in interior design black is really an underestimated colour. Black is a colour full of contradictions. It represents elegance, formality, death, evil, sex mystic and power to mention a few. Read more about the colour black here. So lets start with a room with black interior design.

Black interior design

I will start with a dining room where black is the dominating colour and where the other colours just reinforces the black colour. The base in the dining room is of course the dining table! After many years of searching I finally found this dining table that look exactly how I wanted it to be. I can particularly recommend a hexagonal table because it gives a more strict appearance than a round table. Another important advantage is that if you are sex people around the table, each person will get a defined surface of the table that gives clarity at the table settings. And the fact that the table was black was a big bonus! If you don’t have a black table you can use black wallpaper or paint on one wall instead to reinforce the black details in the room.

To use white on the other walls and the furniture creates an illusion that the room is mostly black since our eyes tends to be drawn to the most dramatic when we enter a room. Black and white is both excellent background colours that reinforced each other. White stands for purity and innocence but a room with too much white can give a sterile feeling and doesn’t stimulate socializing. So depending on which atmosphere you want to create you can add other colours to white and in this case I use black colour.

A room in black and silver!
A room in black and silver! | Source

This is how the room looks during daylight and as you can see the room isn’t so dark or gloomy that you might think it will be even though the black colour is dominating.

This photo is taken during the winter season and therefor I use black curtains of lace that let the precious light shine through while it still gives the black colour and also the right feeling that I want to have here.

Here is a close up on the curtains. In order to let the black colour dominates I also use curtains in silver whit a metallic look.

Design a room in black without making it dark!
Design a room in black without making it dark! | Source
I love black lace curtains
I love black lace curtains | Source

A room like this also needs some black details. Make sure to reinforce the contrast between black and white by using black candlesticks or other black things here and there. To add another colour, for example dramatic red, in just one place in the room can make a big difference in turning the room more alive. Red are said to increase the blood pressure and give us more energy and is an excellent choice in dining rooms. Black in combination with red gives a room a more warm and cosy feeling. But don’t overdo the red colour since red also make a room look darker.

But it is in the evening the dramatic look appears and the room transforms into a dark and trendy room: If you want a warmer feeling, just add plenty candle lights and lamps with a yellow light and the room transform into a great room for parties.

Black is a great color at and gives a special feeling to a room in the evening!
Black is a great color at and gives a special feeling to a room in the evening! | Source

To use black as an accent colour

Black is a fantastic ground colour that can be used in other ways too; if you just add one light and bright colour scale to the black and white colours you will get a completely different room. Black is the best colour to use if you want to give more depth into other bright and strong colours and can get other colours to lift in a fantastic way. Black is often said to stand for drama, courage and elegance and if you use black in the right way it will make a hugh difference in your decoration. How much black you use or how you use it is only limited by your imagination.

Black and green interior design ideas
Black and green interior design ideas | Source

In this case you use black only as an accent colour and the green light or lime green colour is supposed to be dominating. Since black is a strong accent colour you can add pretty much of the green colour without running the risk that it will be too much. And make sure to add green colour in many different places in the room. By arranging colours in a room so that the chosen color can be seen in every directions in the room makes it dominate even if the dominant colours such as in this case in fact is white and black. Use the colour you want to be the dominant colour on paintings, candles, napkins and flowers. Add other things like green books, bowls or whatever you have avalible.

House decoration ideas and a little about how to arrange objects as ornament

Colour

A white and dull bench can become an important part in your decoration if you add the colours you want to be the dominating colour. In order to bring a flat area to live you must use both heights, colours as well as different forms.

Hight

A painting behind a white flat side table creates a great background. Then you need to add the other chosen accessories. Always start with the higher objects and try them out in different positions. You will get best balance if you put the high objects on the sides and the smaller objects in the middle. Another way is to add one high object also in the middle. It all comes down to what you want to be the central- object.

Ornaments

You can use almost everything but as always; choose things that you like and things that have a meaning for you. But whatever small objects you use; use several of them! If you for example use stones or porcelain ornaments arrange several of the same sort in a group and not just one of them. One small stone or porcelain ornament does not add so much and will only cluttering the area you want to decorate. By arranging several in a group they appear to have a meaning and are there for a purpose and not just standing there because you didn’t know where else to put them!

Books

I often use books in interior design and I constantly find more ways to use them besides the ordinary way standing in a bookshelf. I think it is a waste to just let books stand in a shelf among other books! They become totally invisible for everyone, including you. Many books have beautiful covers as well as the back of the book and you can use which one you like. Choose your favourite books or a book that has the right colours and arrange them after your taste. I use books placed with the cover up for decoration or let them stand as they would in a bookshelf. One extra bonus is that I find myself picking up the books I use for decoration more often than I would have done if they stood in the bookshelf.

Another great way is to use books as a way to get some height in the composition or as a way to protrude something by putting the object on top of a stack of books.

I hope I have given you some tips on how to use black in interior design. My next choice in this room will be to use cerise instead of the green colour. By changing just the accent colour a room will get a totally different look. With black as a background colour there is no limitations and you can use any bright colour you like. All bright colours will get a new shadow and fullness if you mix them with black! And that goes for your home as well!

A painting doesn't have to hang on the wall!
A painting doesn't have to hang on the wall! | Source
It will make a difference depending on where you place the painting!
It will make a difference depending on where you place the painting! | Source
Use the accent color and books when decorating your home!
Use the accent color and books when decorating your home! | Source
A close up!
A close up! | Source

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Rob Hanlon 5 years ago from Epicentre of everywhere

Very interesting Hub,Tina ~ had to look around my place for something black - candlestick holders only ! :-)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow..wow..wow..wow. Can I add other "wow" for this valuable information? I love design and I found something great in this hub. Black is a strong color and it match with other color. I am glad to know this idea from you and you have stunning pictures. Well done, Tina. You got my VOTE and I'll press all buttons here, except funny. Cheers...

Blessing and hugs,


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

But of course........

we dress ourselves in black,

from the mournful

to the slimming

to the provocative

to the formal

to the always appropiate

to the goes with anything standby!

We tell each other, it is about the accessories~

Thanks for your foresightedness.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Rob, oh, that wasn't much accessories to start with:) But then again, now you have all the fun ahead of you! Thanks for your visit and go out and start searching for more black items to you home!

Best wishes to you Rob

Tina


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Prasetio, design is a great way to be creative and create something beautiful. Even if it is just surface it helps my mood in daily life and I like to surround myself with beautiful things:) I am thrilled if I have been able to give tips to you since I know you have an eye for beautiful things in this world! Thanks Pras, for your fantastic comment, for all the wows and pressing buttons!

Tina


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

One good women, how nice to see you, I hope everything is well with you! Yes, black is one of the most useful colors and can express so many different moods and feelings. It is a fantastic color that should be used more often. Black has become very hot here in Sweden and it is used both indoors and in the garden. Maybe it is a contradiction against the light interior design, we have designed our homes in white for decades. But I like the mix of black and white better. And black can also be used for all the things you mentioned. It is an exceptional color!

Thanks for your visit and for your thoughtful comment!

Tina


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Ashantina 5 years ago

Hey Tina, when I first read the title I thought "Black? Whaaat!" lol, but actually it does and can bring out a room if matched with the right colours... ie as you have shown, dining tables, bookshelves, ornaments...

Some great ideas here!!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hey Ashantina! Yes I can imagine that it may sound as a strange idea at first. The use of black in interior design is common here so I guess we are pretty use to it. Nowadays there are even black Advents stars and Christmas trees decorated in black together with silver or gold! Black Christmas decorations took me several years to get used to:) But I love black! It is a great color that bring out the best in other colors too.

It is always great to see you Ashantina and I am glad if I have inspired you to try black in a new way! Thanks, your visits are always much appreciated.

Tina


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Tina, black and silver really looks great. Any color looks great with black. It is my favorite color and, incidentally, I am busy to re-decorate my open-plan house (main colors maroon and light-grey) by merely adding black. Thanks for inspiring me with this excellent hub of yours :)))


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Martie, maroon and light-grey sounds great and adding black to those colors will look very smartly and it can´t go wrong:) I only wish I could see the result in reality! I love to look at the décor in other people´s houses, there is always some great tips to use and a great way to get inspiration.

How interesting to know that interior design may look very much alike in our different parts of the world, open-plan house is very trendy here too. White has been the main color for a very long timein Sweden but now other colors are competing.

Thanks for coming by Martie, and for leaving such an encouraging comment!

Good luck with the re-decoration:))

Tina


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ournote2self 5 years ago

I love using black to decorate. I feel like it makes the colors around it pop. Great tips! :)


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Great to met another one who use black in decoration! It does make such a difference when added to other colours. Thanks for your visit and the comment!

Tina


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I have a black (ebony) grand piano which allows me to use black accessories in the room. I love your picture of black with the draperies that have the lime green. So stunning! Decorating is my favorite thing to do and you have given me fantastic and beautiful tips and instruction. Please write more hubs like this one. Rated up, awesome and useful. :)vocalcoach


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Vocalcoach, a black grand piano is very beautiful and can really make a difference to a whole room. How lucky you are to have it and since you can play the piano it is useful too. Decorating is so much fun and after re-decorating a room I can feel happy inside for a very long time when I look at the result. It is a great feeling to enter a room that you like and enjoy to stay in.

Thanks for pressing all those buttons, i do appreciate it very much and you fantastic comment! It is my pleasure to give tips to you:)

Tina


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Tina, Thanks for this hub...I have a room to do over and I already have some black items that I was going to use in there and I was wondering if they would be too much...but I can see that the result may be just what that room needs to look fresh! Maybe I will paint the old wood floor black as well! Now I have to determine the light accent.

Great Hub! Maggie


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

A black wood floor sounds like a great idea Maggie! It will look great with almost any light accent color and if you have an accent color in some white tone you can choose any other color to go along after your mood! I am delighted to give some tips to you and good luck with your decoration! Thanks for your visit!

Tina


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

This is a fantastic hub and I love your pictures. I adore neutral colours and black especially. I think that incorporating black into a room achieves dramatic, stunning effects. Well done Tina. Voting up and pressing your buttons too.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

aceatnna, I also think about black as a natural color but I know that not everyone agree:) In my oppinion there are no other color that can be used in so many ways and give so many different signals and effects. The possibilities are endless.

Thanks for reading and for your great comment aceatnna!

Tina


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TINA V 5 years ago

Although black may imply darkness, dominance or stubbornness, I still like this color. It is not only good in interior design, but even in the fashion industry. I agree with you that if this will be properly combined with other colors, it will create a great impact to any room or house.

This is a well-written and informative hub. The pictures are all beautiful.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Your instructions are very exciting. Color black was tabooed in the past but these days so many people have fascination with this color. I think I'll follow your instructions, not only because I love black, but I want some experimentations.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Tina V! Thank you so much for reading and for the fantastic comment! Black is a wonderful color and the use of the color is increasing. I now see it being used more and more in many different environments. It is a dark color but that is the beauty of it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tina


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Binaya.Ghimire, Black is a great color if you want to experiment! You will have a great time and I think you will like it. Yes, black has been almost tabooed in the past. I know that my mother would never use black the way I do:)

Thanks for your comment and I hope you have much fun with your interior design

Tina


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hey! i love the blacks combined with reds and greens and the likes, even the black and white is a great combo!! lovely post voted up!!

carrie


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi carrie thomson, You are so welcome! I There is definitely something that happen when black is combined with other intense colors. It just can’t go wrong:))

Thanks for the voting!

Tina


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karla925h 5 years ago from Michigan

I love black! I use it in every room from ceilings to floors, makes a awesome statement!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi karla925h! Black is an awesome color and can indeed be used almost everywhere:) I must admit I use black more and more but I have never seen it used in ceilings! I really have to think about it a little, it will take some time to get used to! Maybe if the floor is very light or white, as compensation. But either way, thanks for the inspiration to use black in new ways! It is always inspiring to hear how other use black!

Tina


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homescents 5 years ago from Westland, MI

Impressive contrasts with the black. Gave me chills seeing the deep black and lime green placed together.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi homescents and thank you for reading and commenting! Black is an impressive color that can be used in so many ways! I am glad you liked it!

Tina


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grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

Wow- I use a lot of black accents, but never thought about the lime green/black combination. I love it. Thanks for the great hub and good photos.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi grinnin1, It is great to know that you found inspiration from this hub! Thanks for the positive comment, I appreciate it!

Tina


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Wow - a great demonstration of the power of black! Thanks for all your super examples. I am redoing my dining room and, although I want it to flow with my living room, I am searching for something to give it a "WOW" factor. I believe your inspirational ideas around black are exactly what I need. Many thanks.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Maralexa, I am so glad to meet you! Black can definitely give a room a "wow" factor and since black can be mixed with so many colours I think your dining room will be amazing! Thanks for letting me know that my hub has inspired you. It means I have succeeded with my purpose.

Tina


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

I'll let you know how it works out!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Yes, please do that, Maralexa. I look forward to it!

Tina


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

This is really great post..Nice


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Thanks htodd for reading and for your kind comment!

Tina


seedplanter 5 years ago

My sister-in-law painted their dining room table black and it was such a risk...but came out BEAUTIFUL! I would have never imagined such a change until she completed it. Wow, what a difference. (I love your chartreuse fabric-such a complement to the stark black.) Great hub!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi seedplanter! Oh, how nice to hear that, and she was bold to paint it:) I bought my dining table black so I knew what it looked like but it is a totally different thing to repaint a furniture! I can imagine the difference it made since a dining table usually is a dominant furniture in a room. Thanks for the lovely words, I appreciate your comment!

Tina


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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

You've got a beautiful place! I've never used black at home except for the picture frames so your hub gave me some fresh ideas. Based on your pics, it's quite amazing how black adds in sophistication and drama and a pop of mystery to the home :)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Thank you kerlynb, it is so good to see you! As you can see I love black and I definitely think you should try it. Start with smaller things if you want but there is really no need to be afraid for black in interior design. I use much black color in my house but always mix it with other colors. Good luck with your interior design!

Tina


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

You are exactly right about the black! I just had a black and white checkered floor installed in my kitchen and it looks amazing. I am adding black quartz countertops next.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Lilleyth, that sounds like a wonderful combination and it also looks so fresh in a kitchen with black and white! I can understand that you are pleased with it, and it will look even better with black countertops. Black in the kitchen is a great idea! Thanks for this inspirational comment!

Tina


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great hub! I love the table and the curtains. I also decorate with black. What got me started with black, is when my mom passed away, she had many beautiful decoration pieces that were black and I wanted to keep them where I could see them. I since bought a black refridgerator, which I love! I found a beautiful black rock and wrought iron table at a garage sale. Black just seems to add a lot of class to a room. I now have a section of my living room that is done in zebra stripes too! I love this hub, voted up and sharing. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Such an interesting hub! Loved your photos and info! I am a big lover of black as an accent color in the home. At present i have a bathroom done in black and white with splashes of red which i love. In my new kitchen i will be using black, white and lime green(the color of your gorgeous candles!!). Its a galley kitchen open plan into the living area which will be around a similar theme with natural stone fireplace and tiled floor. Highlight is my lime green fridge!!!!!! Loved your curtains in black, really make a difference to the look and feel of the room. Congrats on a great hub, with much thought and work gone into. voting and sharing :-)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have a mahogany buffet and china cabinet that have been passed down in my family. They are finished in the light mahogany. I will not paint them but I do have the wall opposite the china cabinet that is wallpapered in a flocked black and green. My table is glass with a green metal frame. My curtains are cream with green lace panels. It makes it all look bright and cheerful. I have mostly chrystal in the china and also the candlesticks are crystal. I have one set that are old green Carnival glass and another of pink Carnival glass. They look awesome on the buffet with a large green Carnival glass vase that I fill with cerise flowers. I also use many pictures with cerise flowers as accent. I also have a set of pink Depression glass that is displayed in the china. It is a very large china cabinet, being 6 1/2 feet long and 6 feet tall.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi sgbrown! I know what you mean, if you start with one black object, other black items, furniture and pieces will follow! Black is a great color that will match almost everything and zebra stripes sounds like a great idea. I will think about it and see if I can add some zebra stripes somewhere too. Thank you so much for the positive comment and for the great tip too. I appreciate the votes and the sharing

Take care

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Suzie HQ, it is so nice to meet you. Your bathroom sounds very decorative and red goes so well with black and white and will add a little warm feeling too. Using black in the interior design becomes more or less a habit and I am glad that I am not the only one:) Lime green and black is a winner and your kitchen will look fantastic! I would really love to see your kitchen when it is ready, with the lime green fridge, that sounds so cool! Thanks for the comment and for the inspiration, I see a picture in my mind from your description.

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Becky Katz, Oh, that sounds lovely and older furniture gives a great feeling to a home and the ones you describe must be so valuable for you and your family. It is wonderful if old furniture from the family can mix with new things and be used. It sounds really beautifully from your description and you seem to like green and black too! Thanks for the comment and for the visit,

Tina

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