Black is the color of the night sky, ebony, caviar and coal. It was one of the first colors ever used in human art. It's classic, deep, simple and elegant. It is also associated with death, fear, mourning and evil.
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How do you get a small, nondescript structure to seem bigger than life and ooze urban cool? The answer is to paint it all black, like edgy designers and real estate developers in L.A. and elsewhere are doing. If you really want to get your house noticed... more »
Black can make a front door elegant and dramatic. It works well with any and every other color, making it extremely versatile. It can also toss a challenge your way. If you don't have enough contrasting colors as a backdrop, black can hide the entry or... more »
My husband would argue that AC/DC is the greatest rock band of all time. I'm not sure about that; I'd probably go with Queen. In thinking about modern day rock 'n' rollers, I wondered what their houses would look like and ended up imagining all-black... more »
High design and Far East tradition intersect with the dark, dramatic Japanese siding produced by a process called shou-sugi-ban. Translated as "the burning of Japanese cypress (sugi)," shou-sugi-ban is gaining popularity outside... more »
Black and white spaces are very popular right now, but I think black looks even better when combined with a striking color. Black always adds sophistication to a room, and with the addition of saturated colors, this look is bold and dramatic. So, if... more »
It takes some serious nerve to choose black, especially for walls. But nothing sets off color like black. And nothing has its depth. It can add a sense of architecture where there is none to speak of, and while it does indeed make a room feel smaller,... more »
Many scientists say that color is light, and because black is the absence of light, it isn't a color. Of course, in interior design terms, we use black pigments and classify the color as a neutral. Black goes with everything, and many would argue that... more »
Sought-after since ancient times, ebony is a dark brown to jet-black wood grown in tropical Asia and Africa. Due to its dense nature and scarcity, ebony has been used predominantly as a veneer by furniture makers or carved into small objects. Today ebonizing... more »
Black is a classic hue in fashion — there's the little black dress and the debonair black tuxedo, and I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with way more pairs of black shoes in my closet than there are days of the week. Yet when it comes to decorating... more »
Color fads come and go, but black and white kitchens will never go the way of avocado appliances and orange linoleum counters. This crisp contrasting palette is a classic that serves all styles, from traditional to contemporary. It's also very versatile;... more »
Black and white. It always brings to mind images of text rambling across a creamy white page of my favorite Sunday newspaper. Or the beauty of high-contrast photography, like that of Ansel Adams. The combo of those two colors (or noncolors) has a long... more »
Chalkboard paint is popular thanks to its blend of sentiment, whimsy and practicality. Whether it's painted on walls, furniture or appliances, chalkboard paint has certainly come a long way from the basic green or slate gray boards used in schools.
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I usually steer straight for candy colors when it comes to kitchen accessories and finishes, but lately I'm starting to appreciate the sleek sophistication of black. Why do I suddenly want to toss everything out the window and move into a New York high-rise?... more »