Back to black for a stylish and el­e­gant interior

Cu­rate some drama and el­e­gance in your home with the ad­di­tion of black fur­ni­ture, writes Philippa Ger­rard

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - YOUR LIFE -

Black isn’t to ev­ery­one’s taste. For some it can feel a lit­tle gothic, over­pow­er­ing, or even cold. But with the right styling, com­ple­men­tary colour palette and light­ing, high-fin­ish black fur­ni­ture can help to cre­ate an el­e­gant, so­phis­ti­cated interior that com­bines drama with warmth. Styling black fur­ni­ture along­side neu­tral tones and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als will give your in­te­ri­ors a softer edge.

This look works par­tic­u­larly well in a liv­ing room where you want to cre­ate a com­fort­able and re­lax­ing space.

Go for neu­tral walls and bold black fur­nish­ings, add plants for ad­di­tional in­ter­est and try to pick a room with lots of nat­u­ral sun­light.

Al­ter­na­tively, why not add a burst of en­ergy to your in­te­ri­ors, by con­trast­ing black fur­ni­ture with bright ac­cents of colour?

The trick is not to go too far – you’ll prob­a­bly still want to opt for a neu­tral colour on the walls or a bright white ceil­ing – but go bold with vi­brant shades of red, yel­low, green or pink in your choice of cush­ions, up­hol­stery and rugs.

For a truly in­dul­gent, sump­tu­ous look, pair black fur­ni­ture with other dark hues, such as grey or navy.

This is a bold choice but one that will pay div­i­dends for any­one look­ing for a sleek, min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic.

Bal­ance out the dark­ness with in­jec­tions of white on the floor­ing and ceil­ing to soften the look.

Adding re­flec­tive ac­ces­sories such as mir­rors and lamps also helps to lift this heavy­weight op­tion into the light.

Sika rat­tan monet wing­back chair, £469, cuck­ Black wool knit cush­ion, £14.99, Home­sense Vik­tor three-seat sofa in ad­win fab­ric, £995, Habi­tat Black and white foot­stool, £69.99, TK Maxx Metal round hang­ing lamp with plant pot in gold and black, £95, cult­fur­ni­ Black fu­sion 12-piece din­ner set, £25, Wilko

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