Crush the Look by Anchoring it With Black
Color is such an amazing element. It can deliver a unique experience on sight. When it comes to decorating small spaces though, many people tend to shy away from more saturated hues. “Go light and bright” is the advice I always hear. While that’s certainly the safe route, it may not necessarily be what you, the homeowner wants to see day in and day out.
For years I styled my home the “safe” way. I shied away from all the vibrancy that I secretly loved seeing in eclectic homes. Sure my home looked nice. But it wasn’t me (or my husband). Only when I started to embrace other colors did I began to thoroughly enjoy my home and see its potential.
While gazing out the window during a recent train commute, I started to reflect on the wonderful world of color. I thought it might be nice to take you readers a journey by examining a few individual colors. The following poem is what I dictated into my phone notes as I thought about the important role that shades of black play in home decor.
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Powerful Reasons for Using Black in Your Decor
A relentless neutral
That absorbs all others
Whether high gloss or matte
It contains many answers
To your decorating dilemmas
Remember anchor it with black
If great taste
Somehow missed you with it’s grace
Make up for that which you lack
Ground what you have
Old and new, big or small
With just a little hint of black
The LBD* of your home decor “closet”
No matter the style you choose
Shiny metals, vibrant colors or even vintage flowers?
All these things give black MORE power.
Mix primary even secondary hues
A little of this, a little of that
No mater what the formula
Out comes the color black
It is beautiful and bold
Slick like iron dipped in gold
An inescapable fact
If you want a room
That looks effortlessly cool
Simply anchor it with black
No way you say
It’s too sad
I’ll feel bad
And what if it It makes me angry?
If that’s your concern
Then meet it’s cousins
Charcoal gray or a rich deep navy
So when a big room feels cold
And you long for something bold
On your shoulder it will gently tap
And say ‘How do you do?
You need me- yes it’s true
Nice to meet you
My name is Black’
I hope you enjoyed this little poem and that it encouraged you to look for ways to incorporate touches of black in your home decor. Please tell me:
Do you use the color black in your home decor?
What color are you MOST afraid to use when decorating?