When it comes to furniture, I tend to gravitate toward lighter colors — birch, maple, white, and other safe, neutral hues. But I'm intrigued by those who use stark black furniture in their decorating, especially when the spaces aren't cold, dark, and masculine, but airy and warm. Whether it's a compromise with your housemate, or just your personal preference, your home may be stocked with black furniture. The trick is, how do you keep these rooms from looking too cave-like? I rounded up 10 examples of rooms that utilize dark pieces while managing to stay bright and open.
Designer Tory Burch had a bright and festive downtown vibe in her Fall 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week. Standout pieces from the runway included slouchy trousers, wearable winter coats, fur-lined hoodies, and a surprise pop of color.
Flipping through photos from Christian Dior's 2010 Fall Couture show, I noticed a theme of bright, juicy hues. As FabSugar noted, innerwear (corsets, garters, etc.) also played a major role, but considering how unpopular this corset-inspired chandelier was, I don't see lingerie motifs succeeding in the interior design world. These tangerine, pop pink, and chartreuse colors, on the other hand, would be a fun addition to any home — modern or traditional.
The citrus-colored seat on this Colorful French Accent Chair ($349) from Wisteria, for instance, pops against its carved oak frame, jazzing up what I imagine is a conservative room. To see more juicy couture colors for your home, read more