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I grew up believing that ceilings had to be white — or, at the very least, a paler version of the wall color. Black ceilings? It sounded like something only a rebellious teenager would do. But after perusing some of the ebony-colored ceilings on Houzz, I gotta confess that I’m a convert. Black ceilings...
Color Guide: How to Work With Black
Black is the color of the night sky, ebony, caviar and coal. It was one of the first colors ever used in human art. It's classic, deep, simple and elegant. It is also associated with death, fear, mourning and evil. But whatever your associations...
Color Feast: When to Use Black in the Dining Room
White interiors are more popular than ever, but I'm going to make a pitch for often-overlooked black as a feature color in your dining room. Injecting a generous swath of black is an easy way to add drama and elegance to a space. But before you clad your...
Bathed in Color: When to Use Black in the Bath
Black is admittedly an unconventional color choice for a dominant color. Making it work in a bathroom can be extremely tricky, especially one that is cramped or underlit. But when done well, it can look stunning and sophisticated, as evidenced by the...
On Trend: Bold and Black Exterior House Color
How do you get a small, nondescript structure to seem bigger than life and ooze urban cool? The answer is to paint it all black, like edgy designers and real estate developers in L.A. and elsewhere are doing. If you really want to get your house noticed...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Black
Black can make a front door elegant and dramatic. It works well with any and every other color, making it extremely versatile. It can also toss a challenge your way. If you don't have enough contrasting colors as a backdrop, black can hide the entry or...
8 Colors to Use With Black
Black and white spaces are very popular right now, but I think black looks even better when combined with a striking color. Black always adds sophistication to a room, and with the addition of saturated colors, this look is bold and dramatic. So, if...
'Shou-Sugi-Ban' Is Setting the Siding World on Fire
High design and Far East tradition intersect with the dark, dramatic Japanese siding produced by a process called shou-sugi-ban. Translated as "the burning of Japanese cypress (sugi)," shou-sugi-ban is gaining popularity outside...
Dark Exterior, Light Interior: 6 Homes That Celebrate Contrast
I've noticed a lot of houses with dark exteriors lately. Some have been made with the shou-sugi-ban technique, which creates a protective...
Rooms Rock the Black Look
My husband would argue that AC/DC is the greatest rock band of all time. I'm not sure about that; I'd probably go with Queen. In thinking about modern day rock 'n' rollers, I wondered what their houses would look like and ended up imagining all-black...
Every Room Needs a Little Bit of Black
The main reason a little black dress is so important in any woman’s wardrobe is that it is black. Black goes with anything, is always classy, is never out of style and oh-so-seductively hints of power. In this case what’s true in...
Bet on Black and Red for a Winning Combination
The new season of NBC’s singing competition The Voice premieres on February 24, and I am excited for this year’s season, with Shakira and Usher rejoining regular judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. I’s the only TV show I’ll carve out...
White Toilet, Black Lid: Trending in a Bathroom Near You
Back in the days before Houzz existed, I remember ripping a photo out of a magazine of a Rita Konig–designed bathroom that had a white toilet with a black seat and lid — it added such a sharp vintage-y touch. I loved the look, and I’ve had “get...
The Best Chalkboard Wall Art on Houzz
The popularity of chalkboard paint has hit an all-time high, which means your chalkboard wall must stand out from the pack. It’s no longer enough to have a photo showing useful things like a neat grocery list or family schedule in neat penmanship, or...
Get a Knack for Black in the Garden
Edgy and sophisticated, black is having a moment in architecture and interiors. Black in the garden? It can work beautifully when used well. Inky...
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