Back in black…

When I was 13 a friend of my mother’s told me that black really suited me (I was dressed head to toe in it), much to my mother’s chagrin. Being an impressionable age, I took the compliment to heart and have been pretty much obsessed with black ever since. Living in Melbourne, which is the Australian equivalent to New York – it looks like a sea of black and grey in winter, certainly helped.

I’ve already posted about my love of dark walls (see here), but black is a colour that’s not often used in interiors, on walls anyway. I think it takes a brave designer to use it en masse, but the results can look fantastic. Art and pretty much any other colour looks great with black, and it has the ability to look warm or cool, and I think it can work in either modern or classic looking interiors – as I think the pics below will attest.

from the home of fashion designers Badley + Mishka

Aerin Lauder’s Hamptons home, from House & Garden magazine (US)

Shoreditch House, London

A Tom Scheerer interior – it looks quite warm and inviting, don’t you think?

Office of Ashely Edwards, from Domino magazine

An interior by Melbourne design firm Hecker, Phelan & Guthrie

Kara Mann Design – love the photography in this image too.

Photo by Roger Davies photography

Interior by Jackson-Aaron

Kelly Wearstler’s incredibly chic black kitchen, from Domicilium Decoratus

Lobby of the Bulgari resort, Milan

Exterior of Yael Arfallo’s house, from Domino magazine

Black crystal pendant light by Spina design

Vases fromthe new Calvin Klein Home collection

Sexy pumps by Christian Louboutin – one of the holy shoe trinity (the others being Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo of course)

A snakeskin clutch from Hong Kong based Kotur

One of my favorite fashion designers, Martin Grant – a Melbourne boy based in Paris. He even went to the same University that I did!

Black Paintings” Authored by Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg and Ad Reinhardt, this is a collection of black paintings that were creating in America in the 40’s.

40’s American armchair, covered in jet black patent leather, from 1st Dibs.

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