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How to Use Black Accents in Your Space Without Joining the Dark Side

By: Sarah Beaumont

July 31, 2015

Haven’t you heard the news? That’s right, black is the new black. Sure, the color black can be a little intense at times and we always want to be wary of spaces ending up moody and depressing or overdone in a Gothic theme, but a little bit of black can have an extremely glamorous and fashionable effect on a space.

Take a cue from these gorgeous interiors and see how you can add black to your space without going full-on dark side.


 

via Domino

via Domino

A black wall keeps this eclectic Connecticut home from being too much of a jungle of prints. Black is sleek and understated and can tone down a space that has a lot going on.


 

via PopSugar

via PopSugar

This seemingly preppy office blends a unique mix of industrial elements with glamorous ones. The striped black and white statement wall gives the space a spunky boldness that it wouldn’t otherwise have.


 

via Dust Jacket Attic

via Dust Jacket Attic

Paint your kitchen cabinetry black for a streamlined appearance that will make the space feel longer and your appliances gleam!


 

via Home and the Heart

via Home and the Heart

This room is doing it right in so many ways. Bright white walls and lots of natural light make it okay to include a number of black accents. The black chevron floor and window trims create contrast against the white, while the fireplace, chairs and other black decor elements give this space a wonderful color story.


 

via Nick O'Neill

via Nick O’Neill

Laurel & Wolf designer Lucinda Pace decided on painting Chriselle Lim’s built-in black. Chriselle admitted she was wary of the dark color choice at first but it only upped the glam factor in her space and she ended up loving it in the end.


 

via Interiors by Studio M

via Interiors by Studio M

This space might just be a paradise of neutrals (with a hilariously quirky piece of art). A black accent wall in this case ties the whole monochromatic look together.


 

via Tumblr

via Tumblr

Black is totally welcome in the bathroom, too. Admit it – this clawfoot tub would be nothing without a matte black coat of paint.


 

via My Domaine

via My Domaine

A black door is an especially inviting way to welcome guests to the dark side (we’re totally kidding.. kinda). But forreal, this arched black doorway makes a beautiful statement against a pale stucco wall covered in pretty pink flowers.


 

via Project Nursery

via Project Nursery

We love that this baby girl’s nursery strays away from the standard pinks and purples and opts for a more gender neutral scheme. The use of black stripes and polka dots are a perfect example of how a space can remain playful and light even while implementing black.


 

via BlogLovin'

via Bloglovin’

Adding a thick coat of black paint to the ceiling of a room will actually make the ceiling feel like it extends all the way into outer space. Compliment it with a few black accessories placed around the room and you’ll have an expansive feeling space with some serious flow.


 

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

Blacking it out has never looked better than this. Although it can be risky to go for a totally black wall and floor, as long as you use pops of color and a few lighter pieces in the surrounding areas, it will look pretty fantastic. Pink is a bright and happy color so it works well when paired with black.


If your space is begging for something that gives it some high impact attitude, give the dark side a try and paint it black. A little bit of darkness can have a surprisingly brightening effect on your space and if you need help envisioning it, you can always work with a Laurel & Wolf interior designer!

xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

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