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Inspiration: Decorating With Black

by | Jan 25, 2009 | Color, Decorating Inspiration, Details

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  1. Niki

    I love the look of black and it is nice that you can take an old (ugly) piece and make it beautiful with a can of spray paint.

    Nikis inspiring blog post..The Keys to Designing a Functional Kitchen – Guest post by a fabulous professional organizer

  2. Jan

    I love decorating with BLACK! I always have! For me, it is the “Anchor” to my rooms. There is something so special about the color BLACK!

    As soon as we get some warmer weather, I will be spray-painting a very special 2-tier table black…from the white that we found it! And I can’t wait!

    I love the picture from the Inn at Perry Cabin. I checked your “links” and saw that wonderful (but expensive) place. It’s a great place to dream about, though!!!


    Jans inspiring blog post..WINNER for Week #1 ~ Week #2 TeaCup Revealed!!!

  3. Jennifer

    I love that! I’ve been considering refinishing my knobby pine accent tables in my great room…and considering black! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jennifers inspiring blog post..Give It Up

  4. Karen

    I too believe every room should have some black. Thanks.

  5. Liz

    Not a colour I’d ever think of using but it looks really good in those pictures – thanks for the inspiration!

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Hooked on Friday

  6. Vee

    Over the summer, we painted a large bookcase black . I love how that piece anchors the room. I would never have thought of it without Penny’s ( The Comforts of Home ) suggestion. I’ve just come from Terri’s (Wind Lost) where she’s discussing white and pale colors so this post provides a striking balance.

    Thanks for all you do! Hope that the house is coming along steadily…

    Vees inspiring blog post..A Promise

  7. Jessica Washburn

    I love black. I have some black tables and chairs and have recently added black cabinets to my master bath and black and white animal print to my master bedroom, love it! Thanks for all the great photos.

  8. Rosie's Whimsy

    I love the black …..except maybe for the black stripes in the hall. I haven’t had white walls since the 70’s but I am so loving the white with touches of black! Oh, Honey………

    Rosie’s Whimsys inspiring blog post..Bloom where you are planted :-)

  9. lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart)

    I love decorating with the black and have for a few years now. I think it’s a wonderful neutral. I love your blog and will be returning often. Have a super day.. hugs ~lynne~

  10. Lorri

    I love the pictures. Thanks for sharing . I see a few ideas I can incorporate into my new home.
    Have a great weekend.

    Lorris inspiring blog post..New Bedroom photos

  11. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage

    I think the key to working with black is striking the balance with lighter colors. All of the photos above have a wonderful amount of white and light involved. I find them all very inspiring!

    ALVN of WhisperWood Cottages inspiring blog post..Junking Weekend, January 17-18, 2009

  12. Lazy Susie

    Did you read my mind? I am working on a bathroom and contemplating whether or not I can paint some of the woodwork black to go with pale purple walls. I’m tired of blah.

  13. Katie at

    Melissa, you read my mind today! I’ve been thinking about if we should add a touch of black in our rooms. these look stunning–thank you!

    Katie at makingthishome.coms inspiring blog post..A Round of Thank Yous

  14. songbirdtiff

    There are few things more striking than a simple black and white palate. Love it!

    songbirdtiffs inspiring blog post..

  15. Jen

    Someone over at craftster painted their bedroom black and decorated with glamorous clear accesssories. It was gorgeous.

    Jens inspiring blog post..Orange. Yay or Nay?

  16. teresa

    I love using black- I starting putting black pieces in my home in the 80’s {everyone thought I was crazy}
    Love all the pictures you posted- especially the outdoor room.
    Have a wonderful day.

    teresas inspiring blog post..Heirlooms

  17. Amber Filkins

    Ooooh, it’s beautiful. I love the entry and stairs by House Beautiful and the back patio by BHG. Absolutely love those! I don’t know if I could go with that narrow of stripes in the foyer, I’d need a little more wide. :) Less busy. Love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Amber Filkinss inspiring blog post..Clue #2! & more

  18. Amy

    Love, love, love the b/w bathroom with the diamond wallpaper.. I’d like to do that one day.

    My Kitchen is mostly black and white with tan and red as accent colors. There is something about decorating with black that makes the room seem crisp.

    Amys inspiring blog post..My Better Half ~ Day 2 of 100 Project

  19. Arleen

    I’ve always been drawn to furniture in deep brown wood tones, so it’s hard to introduce black to my decor most of the time. I’ve just redecorated a half bath that is a blank canvas of light buttery yellow. I’ve used black as an accent color and it looks beautiful! Regardless of the choices made, I love to see in any decor one sharp contrast between two colors.

  20. Sheryl

    I have been adding black accents to my home lately and I can see such a difference. I just love the contrast between black and lighter colors. It keeps things from looking washed out. Black spray paint is my new best friend!

  21. Pat

    I love using black in our home. I just added a little more black yesterday. I’m considering painting the island. I think black makes a wonderful impact.

    Pats inspiring blog post..~We Gather Together~

  22. pendy

    Thanks for a beautiful collection of pictures! I also saw yesterday in my new Southern Living where the inside of built-in bookshelves had been painted black. It looked great!

    pendys inspiring blog post..Flashback Friday: This Makes Me Giggle

  23. Jenny

    We have black accents as well. We painted our banister black and love how it looks.
    I, too, love the impact black makes in a room.

    Jennys inspiring blog post..Mamaliscious-House of Baking

  24. Brianna

    It’s definitely the way to go — I decorated my guest room and bathroom with black, and so long as it’s done with accents and done tastefully & artfully, it doesn’t look dark or goth. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. They are so inspiring and even inspired one of the next garments I intend to make!

  25. Eileen

    Black grounds the room, draws the eye to places oyu want the occupant to see, adds a bit of drama. I don’t remember when I discovered how wonderful black in a room can be, but I love it and use it in every room. The BHG bathroom with the teal washroom sign looks almost exactly like my downstairs bath. Yummy.

    Blessings ~

  26. coco

    Love all these pics…I have always been a believer that every room should have a little black. I did a post awhile back about how black has come full circle in my own home!

  27. Terri

    What a great post! I’ve been thinking of blogging on the same topic before and have a small collection of photos where black is used sparingly in light-colored rooms and it really is grounding! Lovely! xo Terri

    Terris inspiring blog post..For the Love of White (with Pink or Blue!)

  28. Kimm

    Love all of those! I’m of the “every room needs a little black” persuasion. Thanks for sharing

  29. Rhoda

    Hi, Melissa, hope the unpacking is going better! Love these pics & could stare at them all day. I just love, love black & white, so classic an timeless. See you in a couple weeks!

    Rhodas inspiring blog post..The black architectural piece has landed

  30. Sandy

    how are you doing, friend?

    black and white is so cool – pleasing to the eye!

    Sandys inspiring blog post..Easy as 1,2,3 Casserole & Wild-Wool Giveaway!

  31. Jean

    I also think black is a great color in a room and makes other colors stand out. I love the collections of silouettes. I have a collection like that in my guest bathroom. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I love looking at your blog.

  32. Amanda

    Black and white is my favorite! I love all the frames! Thanks for this post!

  33. Misti

    Hi Melissa~ Hope you are getting acquainted well in your new place. Very pretty pictures! The BHG with the large pedestal sink and black mirror picture has been on my idea board for years! So pretty…
    I am having to scale back on the amount of black in my house, I am so addicted!
    Have a great week,

    Misti @ Studio M Designss inspiring blog post..To Be or Not To Be…A Bench

  34. edie wadsworth

    Oh Melissa,
    I just posted on my laundry room redo where I painted the cabinets black!! I love it!

    edie wadsworths inspiring blog post..Resolution

  35. Remodeling Guy

    Hi Melissa,
    Love the pictures! Thanks for going out there and finding them. I did a job in the past where the hardwood floors were painted black and it looked awesome! Of course, nowadays all I do is wish over and over and over again that I had taken more pictures!

    Remodeling Guy

    Remodeling Guys inspiring blog post..Colors in Cabinetry – A New Trend?

  36. kathysue

    Love anything black and white.I have used it as a base in a lot of my decor for about 30 yrs now.When it is no longer a trend you will still see it in my home,can’t live without it My favorite and all time to die for floor is in my guest bath and it is a black and white check,granit and marble.If it is typeography or silhouettes I am in love.Are you going to use some black in your new home?Come over to or RMS and you can see my entry and guest bath and even in my kitchen I use a touch of black with my green and white.Can’t wait to see what you do.Kathysue

  37. The Pleasures of Homemaking

    I love those harlequins on the wall! I’d love to do that to one of my bathrooms. I love decorating with a bit of black mixed with my white and red! Great pictures as always!


    The Pleasures of Homemakings inspiring blog post..Depression Era Wisdom

  38. o-girl

    I love decorating with black pieces. Lately I find that I tend to lean more towards a cream, black & red color scheme. I love those colors. And kraft paper brown. :) Thanks for these inspiring pictures!

  39. Stacey

    I love touches of black in a room!!!

    Stacey @ The Blessed Nests inspiring blog post..A Sneak Peek!

  40. meg duerksen

    loving this! lauren just painted some of her room black. at first i thought it would be possibly awful…but it turned out very cool. i am thinking of making my craft room wall black…love it. and of course my kitchen is black and white…it’s refreshing.

    meg duerksens inspiring blog post..looking for happy

  41. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm

    My personal philosophy is that every room should have something black in it. I can be a big or little piece, but if you look around…it’s there.

    Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarms inspiring blog post..The Nest Treehouse

  42. Lisa

    It all looks so classy! I remember one of the designers on Trading Spaces always put a touch of black in every room he designed. I like the idea!

    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolatess inspiring blog post..Motivate Me Monday ~ Seek Him Daily

  43. Phaedra

    I have been on a black and white kick for a couple of years, which in itself is a miracle because I used to redecorate every six months! : ) I am planning on getting my own apartment again very soon and am so excited to add all the pieces and accents that I have that go with my black and white scheme. Once again your blog never ceases to amaze me!
    .-= Phaedra´s last blog ..A poetic moment =-.



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