Utah Style and Design

4 Ways to Warm Up Black Design

January 24, 2019

Black may seem a risky decorating move, but as the stylish spaces of a new Lehi home prove, the payoff can be huge.

Center-Right: House of Jade Interiors’ Erin Morgan, Kirsten Kransen and Jamie Nash.

 

Remember when we were all afraid of the dark? More specifically: We trembled at the idea of decorating with sombre black. Not anymore. Black has stepped out of the shadows and has become a favorite among today’s top decorating trends. Forget dim and depressing. In the right hands, black turns dull to dramatic, bleak to chic. For proof, we present a family home recently completed by Murdock Builders and House of Jade Interiors. These pros collaborated to create a stylish, livable haven for homeowners who have a taste for the dark side. Here’s the second tip of many to come this season!

Warm it Up

That’s Clever: The design team selected Farrow & Ball’s “Railings” paint because of its blue undertones. “It is a little softer and less saturated than stark black, so it has more depth and dimension,” Kransen says.

“A black room may not be for everybody, but it can be really spectacular,” says Kransen, referencing the man’s office. Even with black walls, the dark space is surprisingly inviting, cozy and not at all dull. “We introduced things that add warmth, including wood, greenery and organic materials,” Kransen explains. Each thoughtfully selected piece – from the custom wood desk and canvas-covered chairs to a hide rug and books covered in recycled white paper – helps prevent the daringly dark room from feeling dim or oppressive.

1. It’s All About Undertones

Railings by Farrow & Ball

That’s Clever: The design team selected Farrow & Ball’s “Railings” paint because of its blue undertones. “It is a little softer and less saturated than stark black, so it has more depth and dimension,” Kransen says.

2. Break it up with Wood 

Rich wood tones are the easiest way to add some warmth to an otherwise dull design, as the table above adds a “cozy” factor to the small office space.

3. Brighten with White 

Too much black is the quickest route to an oppressive room. Brightening it up with just the right hue of white will add style in a snap.

4. Organic Materials Set the Mood

Organic materials help take your vision to the next level. Rather than cool, dim and dull, you now have inviting, cozy and warm with this hide rug.

See this full feature for more expert insight into decorating with black!

Brad Mee
Editor-In-Chief

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