Playing it safe with interior design can be beneficial for a couple of reasons. One, it’s comfortable and gives a sense of calm. Two, it’s less of a hassle as you don’t have to spend time giving your individuality and interests much thought. And yet, this is also where it proves to be wrong.
However, that initial comfort may also bring discomfort. Lacking individuality, the surrounding space may start to feel like it could be anyone’s home rather than your own. So, this raises the question: How does one make the home original and personalised at the same time?
Why, it’s simple really, as the answer lies in adding something bold and dramatic like black in small or large doses. While this is a solution that I’m sure won’t work for everyone, it’s still considerable since it would explain why it’s a trendy choice time and time again. If you do decide to give it a try, here are some ideas to inspire you.
Change the Mood with Black Walls
Okay, this one is for the truly courageous ones who aren’t afraid to spice things up at home on a bigger scale. One way of doing so is by refreshing the walls with a new coat of paint, but if you like to try it out by playing it safer, buying elegant black wallpaper can do the trick. See, I said elegant and not sad and depressing!
The best thing is wallpaper is as trendy as ever, and there are various options to choose from, depending on whether you like to go full black or prefer a design with black detailing and smaller patterns. There is a variety of designs too, so whatever your interior style may be, you’re sure to find a matching wallpaper to accompany it.
Floral and tropical, geometric and abstract, all the way to flora and fauna motifs, these are just some of the many choices you can choose from and invite in your living area. In case you’re afraid of experimenting with fully adorned walls, you can install black wall paper on a single wall that could work as the accent in a room, or a fancy corner like an inviting reading nook that would stick out from the rest of the space.
Wherever you add it, you’re going to be surprised how it enhances the décor, as it’s a colour that intensifies the rest of the colours and detailing. It’s also an element that can visually enlarge the space, making a room look bigger. So, take this as a hint if you live in a small apartment!
Installation-wise, if you want to invest in something that’s easy to install, and is just as easy to remove, pick the peel and stick design. This kind of black wallpaper is a better choice when you compare it to the traditional wallpapers and paint. Even if you do regret the change soon after, you can quickly solve the problem with minimal inconvenience.
Inject More Luxury with Black Doors
If you don’t think the walls are an element that would best work for you when adding a bit of change and drama, then why not opt for a change of doors. You can choose one door, or you can pick out matching doors for every room for a bigger effect – either way, it’s your call!
Same as the black wallpaper designs, you can choose from a range of black doors, from the more embellished and luxurious, to the simpler and minimal for a subtle outcome. Just remember to pick out door hardware that matches the rest of the hardware in the chosen room for a harmonious look.
As far as maintenance goes, glossy doors may not be the best option as they do require more upkeep than their simpler counterparts. You’re going to love adding such doors in your abode because they too can visually alter the space, making the ceiling look higher than it actually is. Perfect for homes with particularly low ceilings! Oh, and if you don’t feel like splurging on new doors just yet, why not take matters into your own hands and refresh them with a new coat of stylish black paint?
Add Black as a Neutral with Details
If the other two ways aren’t functional or practical for you, then black in smaller doses might work. You can achieve this by choosing black as the neutral colour that would fill the space with some balance, especially when you use brighter and colourful hues for the major furniture pieces. How does the living room sofa sound decorated with black cushions? Or how about enclosing the open floor space, and adding more intimacy by layering a few rugs with black hues and detailing? It doesn’t sound so scary, does it?