Modern interior design trends are in a state of constant flux, and although vibrant colour schemes will be sufficiently present during 2016, the New Year’s most daring trend has taken a dark turn away from the conventional as this season, black décor looks set to make a huge impact on the interior design scene.
Not only are black metals showing up everywhere- from black stainless steel kitchen appliances and cabinet hardware to bathroom fixtures and flatware, but designers are also suggesting black colour schemes as an interior solution to creating a dynamic and bold ambiance in the home.
Especially if you’re decorating a room with little natural light, emphasising its natural darkness with a black colour scheme is 2016's way of turning a potential problem into a positive.
Throughout this season, we expect to see black furniture, black tables and chairs and black kitchen fittings paired with either a splash of colour or clear and monochrome tones. Vitra's current special offer may be one worth investigating, as they're giving away a free black product with orders of Eames Lounge Chairs & Grand Repos Lounge Chairs.
And, as the stripe is this seasons must-have pattern, black and white hambug-style stripe designs are also expected to make a dramatic move from the catwalk to the home.
Designers are showing that although black has the potential to be sobering, it becomes warm and peaceful when complemented with white, dark grey, burgundy-red and other neutral tones, especially during the darker months.
The Topaz Kitchen range for example, perfectly demonstrates how combining super-matt black with copper and grey tones creates a stylish, modern look.
This year's must have marble!
Port-Laurent Marble - a rich dark stone that’s quarried in Morocco and criss-crossed with gold and white veins, also demonstrates the allure of black material when balanced with warm colours. Expected to grace stylish homes this season, not only will this marble make a dynamic statement as a tabletop or kitchen worktop, but could it also work as an opulent flooring solution.
Another tip for creating a successful dark colour scheme is to use an abundance of tactile fabrics, for example in the form of soft furniture, cushions, rugs and textiles. Materials with heavy textures like velvet, wool, plush and suede will soften the look of black interiors, creating a comforting balance between masculinity and elegance in black decorated rooms
Black interiors are untraditional and unique. They can create deeply visual, sleek and sophisticated spaces to relax in, but they can be hard to get right.
Luckily, design duo Pierre Manuel Martin and Stéphanie Garotin have shared some advice on the secret to creating a black colour scheme.
“It’s similar to cooking a meal- everything is a question of proportions. But, if you do go for a black interior, you have to really go for it, and follow the design through completely.”
At Utility, our fantastic winter sale includes a huge range of furniture and lighting available to order in black.
Visit our website to find out more.