This month marks my 4th year living in France, and as I put together this post I couldn’t help but laugh at the increased role of black in my wardrobe as something classic, yet practical. When it comes to homes, black is not one of the most popular color choices, but at the same time it doesn’t come out as harsh as one may think. This round-up shows the way that basic black can in fact add a sense of sophistication. –Anne
Image above: Inspired by another sneak peek Emma Reddington painted black over wallpaper in her Victorian style home in Toronto.
Image above: More use of black in an unlikely place for Emma Reddington, but softened by natural and organic elements.
Image above: Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow used India ink to stain their hallway floors a true black.
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Image above: Zoe Johns and Max Catalano couldn’t decide on a paint color for their powder room, so they ended up with chalkboard paint with 10% white added.
Images above: Photographers Lou Mora and Sarah Yates show the way that color can play off a black chalkboard wall in their Los Angeles home.
Image above: A bold and classic black kitchen in this Brooklyn home designed by Jersey Ice Cream Co.
Image above: Chris and Christy Thiesse‘s fireplace they painted glossy black in their Long Beach home.
Images above: In their Helsinki, Finland home Susanna and Jussi Vento had a local automobile painter pain their table black.
Image above: Black is a continuous theme in the home of Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow. These doors were found at a salvage yard and painted black.
Image above: A more manly bathroom in the Austin, Texas home of Pete and Bailey McCarthy.
Image above: Black in the kitchen of Sarah Davison‘s Sydney home.
Image above: Bernadette Pascua and Andrew Stinson wanted a moody feel to their bedroom so they painted it black.
Image above: A touch of glam with a black vanity in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn home of Bernadette Pascua and Andrew Stinson.
Image above: David Kimelman and Kevin Burke hosted a DIY chalk party with friends to help give some personality to their black chalkboard wall.
Image above: Black bottomed claw foot tub in the Williamsburg home of Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow.
Image above: Jennifer Hagler keeps her Boise home simple with black and white.
Image above: Susan and William Brinson used an embossed wall paper you can paint (they used outdoor, high gloss paint) to give their kitchen an “older” feel.
Image above: Laura Aviva‘s glossy black bedroom floor. She prefers to keep her bedroom sparse.
Image above: A black bathroom in the Melbourne home of Kirra Jamison and Dane Lovett.
Images above: Lauren Bradshaw‘s son’s room double as her husband’s work space.