HOME TRENDS WHERE BLACK
MUCH IS MADE OF our lovely light. Today more than ever, thanks to our relative lack of air pollution, it’s considered a key element of Aotearoa’s natural beauty.
But there’s a “but”. All that exists under our sky is also subject to damagingly high UV levels, and as anyone with a dark-hued rug, wall or curtains will attest, it can be troublesome not only for our skin but also our homes. With its sophistication and inky decadence, lovers of black sometimes find the colour can fade or look washed out, its drama diluted. So what’s the solution?
Certain rooms in your home will make the most of a true black — identify them and you’ll love the classic effect for years to come. Spaces that maximise the intensity of black and won’t fade fast include those in which most or all of the light comes via a switch, not through the window. First, turn your attention to small spaces. Your powder room or laundry, for example, could become a haven painted in hues such as ebonised Resene Black or leathery Resene Blackjack; use lighting and accessories to warm and beautify so they don’t feel cramped. The same goes for larger areas such as media rooms, where low light is best. Near-black Resene hues such as Resene Nero and moody grape Resene Upstage are among the options that can be stellar scene-setters for at-home cinematic experiences, while subtly picking up on like colours in the room.
A sprinkling of black pepper
Black can also be light-hearted and convey either feminine or masculine energy depending on what it’s been paired with. Play with this shape-shifter in places other than walls using Resene All Black or blackmeets-deep-blue Resene Blue Charcoal to make an accent of a coffee table or light shades, open shelving or photo frames. For visual cohesion, it’s best to stick to just one black for all the accents in a room.
White walls offset by a black rangehood, splashback and island create delicious contrast in the kitchen, or boost black bathroom fixtures such as tapware and towel rails with cabinetry in a similar colour.
Luxury is another thing black does beautifully. Consider colour blocking by using it on architraves to skirtings and down on to the floor to create a cocooning sanctuary. Reintroduce romance to a lowlit bedroom or with green-black Resene Marshland paired with a dark wallpaper for textural depth. Coat your ensuite in Resene Blackout, a deep carbon brown-black, adding brass fittings for a glamorous gleam.
If black is best in these scenarios, when is grey greater? Rooms in which there’s lots of natural light often respond better to a dark grey that stands its ground and isn’t diminished by the sun. It’s also a versatile option as it contrasts more gently with other colours in a space than black does.
Says interior designer Kelly Gammie of Eucalyptus Design & Interiors, “Greys are a softer choice for living areas and dining rooms. Balancing them with vibrant colour or brightness from a pale neutral — in the form of window coverings, furnishings or flooring — will stop them becoming oppressive.”
Instead of white, you might like to couple dark grey with softer cream for window frames and the like.
“Resene Baltic Sea walls teamed with ceiling, trims and doors in Resene Chalk Dust brings immediate modernity to a villa or bungalow and is great combination for a standout dining room,” says Kelly. “In a new home, try colour zoning — using blocks of dark grey and paler neutrals or other colours to give a space depth and personality, and remove that sense of void that can happen with a contemporary home. I like Resene Shark with Resene Pearl Blush. Dark greys are also an excellent choice for kitchen and bathroom cabinetry — Resene Fuscous Grey or Resene Colorwood Tiri wood stain are my go-tos,” she continues. “They work so well with stone or concrete-look benches and splashbacks, and are superb teamed with timber and metal fittings, such as brass and stainless steel.”
Kelly suggests revitalising dated bedside tables with mountain-range Resene Grey Friars, then tucking them in alongside pale grey, white and turmeric bedding.
Go for black or dark charcoal to really ground your house in the landscape — a particularly effective approach for rural properties. Think dark grey Resene Double Gravel or Resene Waterborne Woodsman Sheer Black for timber elements to let the woodgrain shine through. Soften a black exterior with lush greenery and lightreflecting glass.
The material you’re painting will determine the appearance of a paint, so factor that in when talking to the experts at your local Resene ColorShop. Ask about getting your chosen hue in a Resene CoolColour formula, which includes pigment technology that absorbs light to maintain the integrity of dark colours, while deflecting more heat.
Visit your Resene ColorShop for more inspiration, or search for black or grey concepts using the colour and room filter at www.habitatbyresene.co.nz.