Style at Home - - News - Erin McLaugh­lin erin@styleath­ @er­in­m­claugh­lin1 in­sta­­lin1

The first time I saw a room painted all in black I was in my early 20s. The glam­orous mother of a uni­ver­sity boyfriend had coated the walls of her small din­ing room with a dark chalky hue and bal­anced it with crisp white crown mould­ing and trim. I was awed by how sur­pris­ingly bright and invit­ing the space was, as if the black walls al­lowed the rest of the room to shine – colours seemed to have more depth and wood tones ap­peared richer. The trick was in all the nat­u­ral light that flooded the space: There was a wall of win­dows on one side and then two open door­ways con­nect­ing the area to a sunny liv­ing room on one end and an all­white kitchen on the other.

Since then, I’ve pe­ri­od­i­cally come across black rooms – and not al­ways in a teenaged boy’s ode-to-the-Rolling Stones man cave! But with the va­ri­ety of paints and dec­o­rat­ing tech­niques out there, not to men­tion the rise of sites like Pin­ter­est that of­fer every­one a win­dow on gor­geous de­sign all over the world, it’s no sur­prise to me that to­day’s de­sign­ers and home­own­ers have be­come more and more em­pow­ered to use black walls to de­fine a space. Of course, there’s no ques­tion that paint­ing a room in a moody raven’s wing tone takes a skilled hand – no dec­o­rat­ing en­deav­our is more dar­ing, but when it’s done suc­cess­fully, there’s also none more el­e­gant.

When the Style at Home de­sign team was com­pil­ing the best baths in Canada to fea­ture in this is­sue’s spe­cial sec­tion (see “4 Spa-Wor­thy Bath­rooms Burst­ing with Panache, page 86), one thing we kept see­ing was the use of black – not just in fix­tures, but in trim­mings, tiles and wall paint as well. We’re thrilled at how these rooms have pulled off this risky colour and how the con­fi­dence to use black has led to spa­ces with new di­men­sion and drama. We can’t wait to hear what you think. Let us know at let­ters@styleath­

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