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Black…It’s Anything But Basic

The color black: it’s been an inspiration to everyone from Coco Chanel to Henry Ford (the latter is famously reported to have said, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants–so long as it is black”). Deep, dark and mysterious yet still a blank slate for inventive design, midnight hues are always in fashion. The REstyle trendspotting team has to admit, we have a long enduring love affair with black-inspired interior spaces ourselves! Keep this look from feeling overly moody and Gothic by limiting the use of ornamental swirls, florals and flourishes. A sleek modern space with minimal hints of pattern and sheen looks bold and powerful in ebonies, slates and charcoals.

Pairing black with metallic finishes is an elegant design move–like the sparkly necklace over a black cocktail dress, a little bit of shine adds decadence to a midnight color scheme. Brass or stainless steel are classic pairings with black, but we also like to think outside of the box….consider deeply lustrous and somewhat unusual metallics like bronze, oyster, smoke or gunmetal for a more contemporary look. The delicate hint of shimmer in this gunmetal-on-black natural hide is just enough pattern to add interest without seeming too bold. Texture is another brilliant way to add interest to walls and surfaces when not relying on a vibrant color palette to do the trick. Blocky forms in woven leather, perforated metal, the subtle veining of natural black marble, or the playful swirls of faux bois are some of our favorite ways to add unfussy texture to contemporary spaces. Read on for some of our favorite design inspiration in anything-but-basic black, and don’t miss our roundup of REstyle Picks for even more dark style!


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dark officeThe Woods Are Lovely, Dark & Deep

This moody interior trend is the perfect place to try out dark-hued woods. From ebony to walnut, there are a range of black or almost-black natural textures that look lovely paired with dark walls and textiles, like this Emporium Home console or the staggered-silhouette walnut desk by CFC.


Want to get this look? Click to connect with Noir/CFC Furniture and find the Staggered Walnut Desk, plus other dark wood eyecatchers like it.

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dark kitchenMake It Matte

Is the era of the perfect, glossy white kitchen over? It’s possible, according to our REstyle Style Scouts, and we’re not sorry to see them go if it means more chic black kitchen spaces like the ones seen above! Ultra-modern minimalism has been creeping into kitchen design for a while now, just in time to meet its perfect match: matte black surfaces. Think soapstone and black marble counters, deeply stained wood, and even jet-black appliances and fixtures. Several top manufacturers are now creating looks in satiny, sleek matte black stainless finishes (which means ordinary stainless may have finally finished its run, as well). All we know for sure is, we’re loving it! This trend is the design equivalent of a modern little black dress…and kitchens deserve the chance to play dress-up, too!

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1. Elis Lamp  2. Quartz Stud Side Table  3. Emmit Ottoman  4. Black & Gunmetal Hide  5. Faux Bois Console  6. Basis Rug  7. ‘That Man,’ Black Marble  8. Harper Howlite Box  9. String Theory Black II  10. Antelope Print  11. Dax Chandelier  12. Black Marble Polyhedron


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