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February 21, 2018
People often shy away from using black wallpaper in their homes. Most of us have been taught at some stage that white ‘opens up the space’ while black closes rooms in.
While this can be the case in some instances, it’s not always entirely accurate, and it’s no reason to miss out on using black to create an impressive look and feel to your home.
Here at Luxe Walls, our design experts have sat down and had a brainstorm of all the unique and stylish ways you can incorporate black wallpaper into your interiors.
The colour black can imbue a space with a sense of drama, classic old Hollywood glamour or even help accent key pieces within the room.
Let’s take a look in a little more detail…
Black and white, otherwise known as ‘monochrome’ in the interior design world, has been one of the hottest trends to hit the industry in a long time, and it’s here to stay
Monochrome designs add an element of sophistication and style to any space. It’s a classic colour combination that has never gone out of fashion.
One of the great aspects to this trend is you can go as big or small as you like, whether you want to make a statement with an impressive feature wall, or accent your existing decor with a smaller scale design.
You can opt for black walls and contrasting white photo frames for example, or alternatively, select wallpaper that features both black and white colours.
Here is another really popular design trend that’s incredibly easy to master. There’s nothing more visually appealing than vibrant pops of your favourite yellows, blues, reds and greens, or whatever tickles your fancy!
We suggest opting for a black feature wall (or two, if you’re feeling daring!) and then adding bursts of colour to the space with your smaller scale decor.
Think colourful cushions, bright stools and photo frames. These accents will create eye-popping contrasts against the black wall mural, and will give the room a slick, modern feel.
This is a great way to stay on top of the latest colour trends, as you’re able to switch and change your decor accents as often as you like, without having to renovate or change your wallpaper!
Using a similar concept to the idea above, let’s consider going a bit bigger… Instead of contrasting your wallpaper with simple decor accents, why not utilise your whole furniture set?
Think bedframes, bedside tables, end tables, or even dining tables and chairs! Your options here are absolutely endless, and the only limit is your own imagination.
One example of this trend we absolutely love, is contrasting your black wall art with your bedding and bedside furniture.
Go bold and dramatic with a black feature wall at your bed head, and contrast with lighter, softer hues for your complementing furniture and linens.
The same notion can be applied to any room, but really, who doesn’t love a moody boudoir?
You’re no doubt seeing a bit of a theme when it comes to using black wall coverings in your home… That’s right, much of it is all about contrast.
One of the reasons people fear using black is that it has the potential to overwhelm the room, to be overly dark and masculine.
A great way to combat this, and also lift an interior from drab to stylish, is by using feminine designs and accents to contrast against the powerful black hue.
Think: intricate florals, splashes of pale pink, and delicate throws.
You may also want to think about the shape of your furniture itself – opt for soft curves and flowing designs, rather than sharp, angular lines.
You can utilise these ideas with bedding, curtains, cushions and even vintage wallpaper to contrast.
Let’s have a think again about the wallpaper itself. How can we add texture and depth to it? How do we prevent it being too powerful or overwhelming?
Remember, we want it to makea room, not break it!
One of our favourite solutions is to use patterned black wallpaper… Stripes, swirls, florals, leaves, geometrical, polka dots and everything in between.
With patterns, you can opt to combine and contrast your black with other colours. This will certainly jazz things up a bit.
Try to visualise a black and metallic patterned wallpaper, is anyone else sighing dreamily at the thought of a Gatsby theme?
Alternatively, you can also try black on black, or ‘tone-on-tone’, which still gives the feeling of solid black wallpaper, without being overbearing or too dark.
Both options have the potential to add a real element of glamour to any space.
Contrary to popular belief, there is absolutely a tasteful way to do mural wall art, especially when it comes to using black tones.
At Luxe, one of our favourite mural designs is utilising a branch patterns, where using white or another neutral colour or black tone break up the solid look of the wallpaper and create a focal point in the room.
We love seeing murals on feature walls. You might want to consider some kind of textured look, like a crocodile skin pattern or perhaps a more pop-art feel with faces or abstract shapes.
Other popular mural options include a night sky, or forest silhouettes.
This is also an opportunity to think outside the box for the decor of your child’s room. Have you considered a chalkboard style removable wallpaper? Perhaps with the alphabet on a particular wall? Your kid’s room can be educational as well as stylish.
Another option that’s incredibly chic and modern these days is using black striped wallpaper. Whether you opt for tone-on-tone or perhaps a monochrome look, stripes are very trendy.
You can go horizontal, vertical, diagonal, chevron and just about anything else! Stripes work particularly well on feature walls, or on a number of walls in smaller rooms like your ensuite or main bathroom.
Isn’t there just something about stripes that add an element of luxury and decadence to a space? Perhaps it’s because visually, they expand whatever wall they’re featured on.
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not mix a straight striped feature wall with a chevron rug or bed spread?
If you’re still feeling a little skeptical about the whole dark wall covering vibe, but you’re willing to dip your toes in the pond, why not try a trim?
Whether it’s the upper half or the lower half of your walls, a highlighting trim can offer an elegant aesthetic to any interior.
A style that’s inspired by the homes of the aristocracy in the decadent 19th century, a statement trim is bound to infuse your rooms with a sense of timeless style.
In particular, if you ensure that your space utilises neutral hues alongside these statement trims, this interior is sure to be a talking point among your guests.
As you can see, there’s a way to make black wallpaper work in just about any space, for just about any taste.
Got other ideas? Why not share them in the comments below?