December 18, 2011

Color & Design: Black Walls

Black defined is the absence of all color.  Chanel said, “Women think of all colors except the absence of color.  I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”.  Rather than overpowering a space, black walls actually recede and allow art, objects and furnishings to stand out.  Notice in the powder room by Windsor Smith below, the black walls create a backdrop allowing the carerra marble and nickel sink to stand out.  If the walls had been gray or any medium value of color, the effect would not be achieved.  Layered black on black, set against crisp white trim or paired with accents of rich color, black will always add style and sophistication to a space.

"I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black." -- Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Aerin Lauder's home via
Nate Berkus for shoe designer, Brian Atwood, photo by Simon Upton via
Designer Kelly Wearstler

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Whist at The Viceroy Santa Monica by Kelly Wearstler via tumblr via
Rachel Hazelton Interior Design for FRINGE Boutique


Rachel Hazelton is an Interior Designer from Middleton, MA with design projects in Andover, MA, North Andover, MA, Lynnfield, MA, Boxford, MA, Topsfield, MA, Boston's North Shore and throughout New England.

1 comment:

Patricia Oblack said...

I love the color black. I wear it every day & there is a strong influence of it in many of my paintings. Yummo!