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Black is Beautiful

We tend to attach the notion of evil or darkness to the colour black, especially when it comes to home decor. However, there certainly is an emerging trend to the contrary. Nowadays, black defines the ideals of classic design. Why? Because it’s bold, revitalising and adds a touch of elegance.

“Be it yin-yang, night and day, darkness and light – life is all about contrasts and balance. Using black in your decor can bring in harmony and complementary energies,” says Sandeep Kumar, founder of an interior e-commerce venture in Bengaluru. If you haven’t already given black a thought, follow these easy tips to infuse the colour into your home gracefully.

Less is more

Rule #1 for black:
A little goes a long way. Start with something small. Designer Ayushi Kanodia says black is a colour that is best embraced in phases. “Start with a hint of black with ceramic vases, cushion covers, carpets and rugs,” she says. Her other picks? Black candles and candle stand.

Use black curtains to bring some drama. If the ceiling is low, black curtains add the illusion of height; if it’s high, the pop contrast arrests attention – a win-win situation.

Bedding it right

A glossy black bed frame adds elegance to your room but be sure to balance it with softer hues for your bedding, throws and rugs.

A black bed head is going to instantly draw the eye; use this to your advantage. Soften the look by using a cushioned headboard.

Get Stripe-ing

According to Kumar, a classic black and white stripe is best used in the dining space. “Many people find it uncomfortable to commit to a space that is completely outfitted in black. They should opt for layering with a good dose of black and white stripes,” he adds.

Dress up your doors

Opt for polished black coloured wooden panelling on the main door or bedroom doors to add drama right from the word go. “Even the handles on the doors could be black to give it a different look,” Kanodia adds.

Remember not to overdo black in your decor – it can make it look Gothic. Think harmony by having one black piece per room. This will make the whole look come together.

Rules for Black

1. It’s best to use it as a contrast combination.

2. You can deploy it in shades of grey.

Black lights

Try black coloured shades in the bedroom or living room. “This gives your space a very industrial and contemporary look,” says Kanodia.

Black shades help in mixing things up and are perfect for rooms that are based in neutral accents.

Black bath

Hang a nature inspired, black and white pattern wallpaper or introduce black patterns to your bathroom walls.

It looks striking against white fixtures and cabinets.

Black walls

Having a wall accentuated with wallpaper, especially that has the shades of black, makes a statement. Metallic look with black undertones should be the way to go.

Works best in small spaces that lie in between utilitarian rooms like an entry way.

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