Sunday, October 24, 2010

The New Gray?

Suddenly I’ve got this thing for black furniture and it’s all Darryl Carter’s fault, once I saw this picture I was intrigued. I love how the black pops against all the white really making the furniture a statement and brings out the clean lines. Less seems to be more!

Then I saw this beautiful black bench on 1st Dibs and kept thinking how stunning it would look in an entryway. Before I knew it everything kept coming up black, so I’m now wondering is black the new gray?

It wasn’t just furniture I was seeing in black but doors as in Joni Webb’s home from Cote de Texas. Kitchens and whole rooms were taking on a whole new meaning of sophistication and seductiveness.

I love how all the white ironstone pops in this beautiful cupboard, it looks so elegant.

Black and white can look very classic, timeless, the walls almost seem to float.  

A splash of bright bold color can keep a room from feeling to stark and adds a touch of playfulness.

So my questions are to you, is black becoming the new gray? Could you make a bold statement such as this and paint a room black? I don’t think I could paint a whole room black but I’m certainly going to try it out on an interior door this weekend thanks to Joni at Cote de Texas. Baby steps for me, how about you?


Mona Thompson said...

I'm in love with black. We have a working pantry/ service kitchen behind our kitchen. all the cabinets are a distressed black finish. We are working with a client right now and we are painting all her doors and windows black. Bobby Mcalpine is all over this look. the next best thing to steel windows and doors. Who can afford those? I want to hear what you think after you paint your door black. Have a great weekend. Mona

Room Seventeen said...

Black can be very chic and classy. A few years ago I painted my bathroom walls black ( see the label "My Home" in my blog side bar). It was fabulous and stunning, but..... only for a while :-) I just started a new bathroom make over in a delicious soft beige sand color.....

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

I painted the walls in our powder room such a dark charcoal as to be almost black, ad I'm pleased with that. To paint a larger room black you have to be sure of the quality of light otherwise it could feel cold and sad.

My French Country Home

Stacey said...

I've been seeing this trend too quite a bit. I know i couldn't live with an entire black room. However, i'd definitely do like a charcoal grey as an accent wall or even a black wall. A black lacquered/glossy door would look really nice. What kind of finish are you going for with the door, matte, glossy or in between?

Ainosofia said...

Nice blog :)
I'll put you to my list.

sincerely, Ainosofia from Finland

Christina @ greige and My Sparrow said...

Okay let's not get crazy here.. I love grey!! I do enjoy a nice black detail or piece for sure though. I always seem to need black to ground a space...


heather said...

I do love that second kitchen, but I think black would be too dark for me to live in, even though it's SO lovely to look at! I've been stuck on white lately, I think because I've been a little sun starved in general :)

La Dolfina said...

I've always loved what black can do for a room whether it's painted trim, doors, furniture, or objects. It really grounds the space. As for a painted black room... well let's put it this way, I'm not entirely opposed but I am slightly reluctant. Although maybe in a small space such as a powder room. Great post. I always love seeing black used in dramatic fashion!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!

La Brocanteuse said...

I love all the black images you shared with us..mmmm I wonder what I can paint black..I have street entrance door for a long time, maybe now the time is right.xo Colette

Anonymous said...

For some reason, I am also gravitating towards black interior accents. Like you, I could never paint a whole room black but that kitchen looks pretty amazing to me.
Lovely post!


Decor de Provence said...

Loving the black bench!! You have such a great eye and your blog is beautiful! Black is a favorite, but for me in small amounts. Every room needs a least one black element... it seems to ground the room and add so much interest. The black door is genius; show us some pics when you're done!
The project my husband and I are doing is another home in the town of Midway, UT. It's this beautiful charming town about twenty minutes from our home.
Wish you all the best!!


La Dolfina said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog today! You're much too kind. I hope you try my dessert over the holidays. If you love gingerbread and pumpkin, you're sure to be in heaven :)

Unknown said...

That bench would definitely look fantastic in an entryway. But as for me, I'm in love with all things grey ;)

xx Cristina

designchic said...

Oh my, I love, love the black bench...stunning!!

Greet Lefèvre said...

The black bench is very beautiful! Yes,I have noticed a lot of black in interiors the last year! And I have to say that me too, I love it! I think we first have to get used to it! But I believe that it could be work bringing in black in our home! Live all the pictures you showed here!!!
PS Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my posts!!

cotedetexas said...

haha! just saw this. thanks for the shout out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11


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