Way back when we bought our first home in Westport, Connecticut, I knew absolutely nothing about decorating. My poor husband had to live through a peach sofa in our first apartment and pink and white balloon shades in the master bedroom in our Connecticut house. As if those weren’t bad enough, I purchased pink and green Laura Ashley rugs to put next to our bed. I took cute and cottagey to a whole new level. It’s a wonder we are still married.
My mom owned a shop in Florida with a partner named Dorothy, who had been an interior designer. Everything in the store was pink and green. I was able to go along with them on a buying trip to purchase some furniture for our new CT home, and of course I heeded the designer’s advice…hence we lived in a very pink and green abode. While I have since purged the pink and green decor and developed my own style, there is one piece of advice that she gave me which at the time I ignored. She told me every room could benefit from a touch of black. Yuck, I thought. I didn’t want any black in my pink and green cottage!
Eventually, black started creeping into our home… a pair of antique black chairs in our entry, black candles on the mantle and vintage black picture frames. I began to understand how a bit of black could offset all that pink and green sweetness and provide some much needed contrast.
Fast forward 20 years, and a move to The Golden State. You all know by now how much I love white….walls, linens, furniture, accessories, you name it! But even in our bright white Little Glass House, I have incorporated touches of black.
Here are just a few simple ways to add black in your own home even if you love light or bright colors.
In the kitchen, a simple black mat (soft under foot) and a striped dish towel tone down all the pretty minty green.
All of our homes past and present have a simple black chalk board. I love it’s contrast against the white walls and it’s useful!
Black and white photos can look great alone or as a grouping and are an easy way to add some black to your decor.
Our simple white brick fireplace really stands out with a fresh coat of black paint on the inside, taking it from drab to wow!
Black accessories, small or large, and furniture can make quite an impact…
Table settings can also look fresh and bold with black touches…
My mom also loves white and both of my parents homes are white inside and out. I convinced my mom that their newly built Vermont farmhouse would look amazing with a black front door. Hesitant at first, she pulled the trigger and we all love it…especially in the summer when it is wide open!
So whether you love all white spaces or a lot of color, every room can benefit from a touch of black!