Friday, March 29, 2013

Black Interiors

I don't think I have ever done a black (residential) interior in my 10 years as an interior designer.  Mostly due to the fact that most Filipinos think it is a "bad", unlucky color and unthinkable to use in a room, and that it would "make the room look small".  I say, it depends on how you use it and what other colors & furniture you throw in along with it.  

I would one day hope to be able to use black in a home, like that of one of my fave style icons, Jenna Lyons, creative director & head honcho at J.Crew. See a complete view of her home here 

Meanwhile, since coincidentally it is Black Saturday, I will be sharing photos of some darkly-done homes with you, to change your mind about black interiors.


Best complement to black is still...white. 


Adding a touch of neon is a more updated version of toning down, or enhancing black. 
Depends on how you look at it.  


Metal finishes like brass & pewter "brighten up" black walls.  

Bold, graphic prints also take out the gloom in black and lend visual excitement. 
In the photos above, they used zebra prints, scroll patterns, and a Chinese nautical theme. 


Contrary to popular belief, black can look good in the dining room...


...and also in the kitchen.  
Don't cross out black the next time you're faced with a kitchen this narrow. 


 Color & pattern for black tiles, black walls

 This is Jenna Lyons' bedroom.  (I think this is the most blogged-about home ever) That Serge Mouille ceiling light is to die for.  

check out the constant use of bold graphic shapes & prints to offset a strong color such as black


from here

Black ain't so bad right? I'll leave you with some photos from the city-cool studio of my good friend, graphic designer Isabel Gatuslao.  These photos were taken by another friend, Daphne Osena-Paez, while we were hanging out there a few months ago.  See her full story (and more photos)  here.

Terrariums by RAAB. Photos by Daphne Osena-Paez. 

Forgive me for the lengthy post.  I woke up early on a Black Saturday and there was nothing much to do around the house.  I. just. can't. get. out. of. bed!!! Oh, dear.  

Looking forward to Easter Sunday tomorrow...have a good weekend, everyone!

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