Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back to black...

I've talked extensively about my love of all white interiors. One of my favourite ways to balance out this all-white look and add a bit of dramatic flair is painting a wall black. I'm currently debating this in my all white living room, I just love the look but it is a big commitment, especially in a rental apartment, as it will require several coats of paint to un-do if and when the time comes to move. However, especially in light of my upcoming wedding, now is hardly the time to shy away from commitment and I think it's time I took the plunge and solemnly swear my lifetime devotion to black and white. What better token of my love than a little black paint?

I think the room below will be my inspiration point for my living area, I actually
already have almost all of the elements (minus the paint).



This room with it's weathered paint, well-worn carpet and casual seating with sheets over the chair, suddenly becomes a chic, sophisticated space with a coat of black paint.

How perfect is Ruthie Sommer's kitchen, rather than making the space look smaller - but extending the black paint all the way up to the ceiling, this small space looks much larger. That aqua door is such a refreshing splash of colour. The white chandelier and cupboards keep the space looking fresh.

Wish me luck as I prepare to take the plunge!

{Photos: LiliDiallo, HomeSweetHome, Domino, ElleDecorSA}

15 comments:

Sarah said...

good luck!

Maria Felix Fernandez said...

It's really interesting how black and white still manage to be quite warm. I'm always scared that dramatic decor will look to museum-esque and not livable enough... but this is a wonderful example of me being completely wrong!

Daniella said...

Oh! I must see this after! I hear painting with black chalkboard paint, gives you the drama without being super overwhelming... it's the paint in those pics from Jenna Lyons home! Good luck!

Style Redux 2 said...

The kitchen is actually very dark blue, but looks black in the picture. Are you using chalkboard paint, flat paint, or paint with some sheen?

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

I love that Ruthis Sommers kitchen! We used it on our kitchen post today!

Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas said...

I wouldn't have thought of that combo on my own, but these photos are excellent examples of how elegant this combination can be. Bold, in a subtle (yet effective) way, if that is possible ; ).

Berry said...

Wow! I NEVER thought I would like the look of a black wall but I actually love this! Especially in the room with the black and white bedspread and the one with the teal door. It adds a very sharp definition and certainly a lot more contrast!

Waxy said...

That kitchen is lovely - hope the painting goes well - never painted black before - hopefully it goes on easy!

Sarah Klassen said...

Chalkboard paint is awesome!

We did the front of our large, metal pantry doors, and then added bold hardware. The front is for lists, then the inside for photos, calendars, etc. and because it's magnetic, it's ideal! We also did an area above our breakfast nook - my boyfriend loves to draw in chalk and made a map of France for us :)

Easy to paint on for certain and can be painted anywhere. The possibilities are endless. I can't wait to hear how it goes - I bet it will turn out fabulous :)

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

As usual, I'm right there with you, design twin, with my white house and desire to add a black wall! I'm still too scared though. Good luck! Maybe you'll give me the courage to do it one day. :)

Connie said...

I totally have that duvet cover/pillow set in the first photo!

A Life More Fabulous said...

Thank you all for the luck!! xx

Chic Coles - I guess great minds...

Sarah - your pantry door sounds amazing! what a clever way to add praactical art to your home!

Right Bank/Design twin - I say we take the plunge - maybe start off small?

Her name was Lola said...

You can do it! Take that plunge & share it with us. I adore that white chandelier against the black wall & ceiling. Gorgeous. Good luck!

Cheers.

down and out chic said...

i really like the idea of one black wall- any more than that can just be overwhelming. good luck!

Philip Morris Duvets said...

A lot of people are actually afraid to use black decor but this really works well!

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