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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...
How to Add Just the Right Amount of Dramatic Black
Black is a somewhat divisive color when it comes to interiors: some adore it; some abhor it. Personally, I love black — it instantly adds atmosphere — but it can be overwhelming if not handled carefully. From mixing in jewel brights to restricting...
Houzz Tour: Thoroughly Modern and Family Friendly
Interior designer Ann Lowengart describes the home she created for a stylish couple and their two young children as “hip and edgy but family style.” Glossy finishes and high-impact details mix with family-friendly...
Dreaming in Color: 8 Beautiful Black Bedrooms
We've covered all the colors of the rainbow in our series on bedroom color, so let's turn to black this week. Adding black to your bedroom via an accent wall or as a background...
Black, White and Gold Add Up to Bathroom Design Heaven
So you want all-out glamour, luxury and indulgence in your bathroom, but you don’t want it to look like the Palace of Versailles or the ladies’ powder room at Harrods? Getting the balance right without tipping over into kitsch can be tricky, but these...
Drama’s Afoot With Striking Black Floors
Smart, sophisticated and the perfect base for any kind of decor, a black floor is timeless. Whether you prefer solid, boldly patterned or partnered with white, black is a wonderful choice underfoot. And here’s proof.
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