Living room; The centerpiece of the home. The place that sets the scene and says the most. Perhaps the biggest trend of 2015-2016 is go dark. The question being; Go big or go home!
Painting a room black might sound like it’d be a cave, yet it can be turned into glamorous, modern, and sophisticated.
In the science world black may be the absence of all color, but when it comes to design black sings a different tune. Bold, even earthy — black on the walls can be a bit of a chameleon. This makes it no surprise that with the rising popularity of deep hues, black is claiming ground — err…wall space — in every room of the house.
Are you courageous enough to try the deep impact of black walls in your home? The dramatic effect that black walls can create is unequaled and it takes courage and commitment to create a stunning interior design adorned with black wall/s. High ceilings or a lot of natural light seem to be the prerequisites for enjoying black walls in your rooms, but even smaller spaces can look modern and elegant if all the other elements are chosen to contrast and enhance the effect of dark walls.
So, what scares us away from taking the plunge? Well, the most obvious reason is that few of us relish the thought of living in a dark dungeon, and just as few relish the thought of facing the task of painting over a black wall if we’re displeased with the results.
So, how do you decide whether to go for it or not? As with most design-related questions, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule, but there are some basic points that can help you decide whether you and your home can handle the dramatic look, and if so, how to flaunt it to its best. To begin with:
DEFINE YOUR OWN STYLE
- Increasingly style is becoming more a personal choice than an industry defined parameter in modern homes and 2016 will see an extension of this in the living room with both local designers and homeowners coming together to create a personalized look that fuses two or three unlikely, individual styles. While styles like industrial and Scandinavian will continue to make waves in more homes globally, touches of tropical charm and vivacious prints will provide this wonderful alchemy of the exotic and understated. Eclectic and ethnic or shabby chic and modern – create your own fun fusion
- The balance of other light and dark furnishings in the room. Unless you’re craving the cave feel, the best way to counter the weight of dark rooms is to let it breathe by adding light colored accessories and textiles. It’s hard to go wrong with black walls and white fabrics. Likewise, gold is a perfect glamorous compliment to black— instant luxury! To lighten a dark room, you can try other shiny or reflective surfaces like mirrors and glass, which counter the weight of the walls.