{inspiration: back to black}


. . . had all but abandoned black {in the home, but not the closet} long ago, believing it to be a little overwhelming and sombre for bright and sunny rooms — and yet — have recently become enchanted by its bold elegance and dramatic charm . . .

{images: 1 – photography by eric piasecki for martha stewart living, text by this is glamorous; 2 – marie claire maison via absolutely beautiful things; 3 – petra bindel via desire to inspire, extensive photo-editing by this is glamorous; 4 – tom scheerer; 5 – angus fergusson via desire to inspire; 6 – michael bargo’s manhattan apartment, photography by douglas friedman for domino magazine; 7 – laura resen; 8 – chloë sevigny by the selby; 9 – via bloomacious; 10 – julia steger photographed by maciek kobielski; 11 – photography by annie schlechter for domino magazine}

51 Notes
  • oh, i love the shoe closet!!!!

  • beautiful! what a lovely idea! i would never think of black. xo

  • oh, i LOVE this post! thanks, it is great! so many lovely photos.

  • omg @ that shoe cabinet! I want it! soo perfect!

    Love your blog!

  • I’m swooning over that gorgeous showcase of shoes! What a fabulous idea.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


  • Love to use black into decoration. For me it is a brightful color

  • ooohh…i love the last image with the black chest of drawers and the pink sofa….now i have to paint something in black.. :)

  • YES!

    I have been praising the song of black for quite some time. I am dying to do my next kitchen with antiqued black cabinets.

    I am thrilled to see someone else sees the beauty in black. Love, love love the dark walls!

  • Absolutely stunning! This really speaks to my aesthetic! I am a huge fan of the glamor, mystery and drama brings in both fashion and interiors! I think I’ll be looking at these images for a long time to come.

    Thanks :)

  • My mother always told me, “Every room needs an element of black. It grounds the space.”

    I never break this decorating room.

  • i love the shoes !

  • Black is beautiful!

  • Black is back! Didn’t Dorothy Draper use a lot of it? The shoe cabinet is brilliant, sure beats shoeboxes and polaroids!

  • gorgeous photos!

  • I love the idea of painting a wall black, how beautiful!

  • i love those shoes in that glass cabinet and the dutch doors!!

  • Ooooooh….Just love every single one of these pictures! Really. Wish I had the nerve to paint my doors black..why can’t i just do it?

  • When done right, I absolutely love black as a design element. Black walls=awesome. Black leather couch=not so awesome. That black dresser at bottom is exquisite…would love that as the centerpiece in my one-day walk-in closet. It’s going to make Carrie Bradshaw’s look like a crawl space. Le sigh…

  • i just fell in love. the black doors are amazing


  • yes, it’s so true… i’ve tended to shy away from black, but it is creeping back into design — with a vengeance. and it looks great when well done. i love the images you chose; sometimes it can be a little too stark but these all are great. thanks for sharing!

  • Black normally scares me with how overpowering it can be, but these images totally change my mind. Those black doors are fab & who can resist a cabinet of shoes?

  • All of these pictures are amazingly beautiful… I love black!

  • So true! Until more recently, I couldn’t have even imagined using black in my house but now I can’t get enough. Dark walls are driving me crazy right now. In a good way.

  • An inspired post. The images are glamorous and rich, but totally accessible. Love.

  • Oh, dear me! Those doors…and the knobs. I adore them. Lovely post!

    *Have a wonderful day!

  • Ahhh… love the black decor! Almost as much as white, lol. Great post!

  • Oh, wow! What an absolutely divine post! Love the worn black cabinet shoe storage in the third image!

  • I love how this look is both edgy and whimsical – I wear a lot of black but rarely think to decorate with it, but it works so well!

  • Great post! I love black – especially when it’s a beautiful high gloss black painted door or as a piece of furniture or other accent. I’ve been saving blog posts on the subject for future project inspirations. Will save this one, too!

  • I love all of these shots! It’s like shabby chic mixed with some urban edge. The shoe display is absolutely adorable, and a great idea, too!

  • Love this post!! The black is amazing!!! xx

  • I like the way a dark floor or a dark wall grounds a pale white room. Jenna Lyons (J.Crew) makes great use of black in her home.

  • Lovely post- I especially enjoy the shoe “rack” cabinet.

  • the black makes the space look surprisingly less cluttered. I love how they used black to pain the inside of the cabinets. Genius!!

  • Lovely post- I especially enjoy the shoe “rack” cabinet.

  • It takes a confident designer to use black in home decor and your pictures are great inspiration! We used black vases in our new Fall/Winter 2009 collection and people are loving the designs… black is back!

  • LOVE this post. You chose the best imagery to sell the point. I’m in love. Well done!

    [Saving photo of double dutch doors for future inspiration. Merci!]


  • Yes black is a colour…I love it, I wear it, my condo wears it…all the doors in my condo are black…(all walls, trim and ceilings are shaker beige) any day now my kitchen cupboards are going black…Benjamin Moore 2133-10 Onyx (semi-gloss) is my go to black….Great post, Regards, CAM

  • So striking! :)

  • Love this decorating on the dark side – fab, xv.

  • Absolutely gorgeous photos. Black and gold are my favorite!

  • felicityXOX said...

    Fabulous post! I think that black is the new white and we’ll be seeing it a lot in the next few years – esp in photography styles in fashion and still life as well:-)

    I have to laugh Ive been having a black and white morning this morning – having been wandering through Anne Fontaine

  • I’m in love with the bit of drama that black can add to a room…

  • I decorate with black. It all started with a vintage black chair and I built my home around it. Love it!

  • I’ve been fixated on black at the moment too! I have been thinking of painting my entrance hall black – and just having a gold framed mirror as an accent.

  • I really like how the sleek black of the dresser is juxtaposed with the girly floral wallpaper behind it. Very unexpected.

  • I love all the black especially the doors in pic. 6 and that last little cabinet is lovely.

  • I don’t find black the LEAST bit depressing. I find it comforting and calm and sturdy and strong. My home decor is Black and Wood. It is Timeless. It doesn’t say “80’s Teal” or “70’s Avacado”. The trim here is black…the cabinets are black…the beds are black….and I’m a redhead and I fit right in!

  • i love the black shoe closet! :)

  • Oh I just love that shoe cabinet! Every girl should be able to display her shoes that way. Such a simple but happy thing!



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