Having a pared back colour pallet throughout my home, I love using black accents to contrast against shades of grey, white and timber. Using a lot of black throughout the home can be tricky though, as it’s all too easy to end up with the seedy bachelor pad look, rather than a luxurious and sophisticated one. Keep a few of these pointers in mind when channelling the darker side...
Whether you have a small room or generous area with high ceilings, painting one of your walls black or selecting black textured wallpaper will instantly add drama. Black walls work best in rooms with great natural light and elements to enhance the dark surrounds rather than work against them. Although the combination of black and white is a timeless and winning format, black also works well with various timbers, stones, metallics, vivid colours such as jewel green or navy and softer hues like blush. Texture is also another prerequisite when using black as tactile and plush fabrics help to temper its intensity.
Using black in both the kitchen and bathroom can have stunning effects also. Sleek and modern, black cabinetry or countertops create a dramatic statement while black appliances are an easy way to add a contemporary touch. Likewise, the use of back wall tiles or smaller details such as black tap ware or cabinetry handles generates a sense of refined luxe in the bathroom. And being such a versatile hue, black doesn’t have to be limited to your interiors only. If your colour pallet allows, create an impact by painting your entrance door black or if you are really game, your whole home! Again texture plays it part, think painted brickwork or charcoal timber stains.
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Image - Derek Swalwel via Inside Out
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Searching for furniture and homewares can become an obsession and there are always new and exciting offerings to provide inspiration. On the top of my ‘most wanted’ list at the moment are new dining chairs. There are many on the market that look great and as many of today’s homes feature open plan living, they have to be aesthetically pleasing while tying in with the style and colour pallet of your home. It’s hard to pick a chair on looks alone though; being a functional piece you have to ensure they are comfortable and practical.
Firstly take a good look at your table, assess its height and take into consideration its base as it will affect the style of chairs you choose. Most dining chairs have a seating height between 420mm to 460mm while tables vary in height from 700mm to 760mm. As a general rule, you should have around 300mm between the tabletop and your chair.
Many of the current on trend dining chairs don’t offer great deal of comfort which is exactly what we need when entertaining friends and family. Sitting on a hard, flat piece of wood is hardly inviting, therefore a somewhat moulded chair will provide a nicer surface to sit on especially if constructed from shapely plastic, plywood or better still upholstery. If you don’t wish to worry about spills and stains, look for upholstery such as leather or a commercial grade fabric.
For the past few years, many have been offsetting their dining table with contrasting chairs, or even a group of individual chairs. Keep in mind that matching wooden tones is very difficult; therefore if your table is made from timber, look for a partly metal dining chair or one which features a completely opposing stain. So many things to think about....
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- ‘Cleo Chair’ from Globe West
- West Elm ‘Leather Slope’ Dining Chair
- Thonet Australia ‘No.18 Thonet’ - Image by Brooke Holm
The birth of Etsy in 2005 created a shopping revolution allowing the world to access hand crafted items, unique gifts and vintage finds from around the globe. The selection is vast and if you are looking for a one of a kind piece for your home, whether it be a new bedside table or pendant light, you are sure to find a vendor on Etsy with appealing pieces to suit your needs. You could spend many hours shopping on Etsy (I often do!) as you seamlessly move from one category to another. Lately these beauties have caught my eye in particular...
1. Quartz Coffee Table by Nebulab Design
Melbourne made, this Vic Ash and steel table is exciting in its shape and form.
2. Atlas Stool by 24b Studio
Look at those edges! This simply stunning stool is crafted from European Beech and made in Japan.
3. Concrete Rectangular Tray by Forge Design Co
Hand made in Sydney, these gorgeous concrete trays are the perfect decorative yet functional piece. They are available in 4 colours, but I can’t go past the pink.
4. Bright Beads Alice Pendant by Marz Designs
My gosh these are pretty! Made from smoked ash timber, these unique pendants are a great length. Only one is required to make a statement, however a cluster of 4 can is also available for purchase.
5. Moroccan Leather Poufs (set of two) by Rabat Market
Made in Morocco from leather and silk threads, these beautiful leather poufs will fit seamlessly into your living room.
6. Massimo Dining Table by Mark Maurice Designs
There is such beauty in recycled timber and that magnificence is evident in this table featuring recycled mountain ash hardwood with a matt black steel frame in contrast.
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