home: trend [ finish it in black ]

home: trend [ finish it in black ]

As more and more people are turning to dark interiors for inspiration Black is becoming a popular choice whem accessorising a room. Whether its small accessories like vases and ornaments, tables and chairs or wall coverings and paint, black is the shade of choice.

Mix high gloss with matte finishes to create tone and collect a selection of black items to display in one space.

Layered black [ image from pinterest ]

The kitchen is a great place to introduce black as there are so many surfaces to play with as well as including electricals, tableware and cutlery. Of course mix with white for a more monochrome feel or combine with dark wood, copper or brass additions.

Combining different finishes [ image from pinterest ]

If you are daring enough, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be go full on black throughout a room. This especially works well in a bedroom, where most of the time you spend in there is in the dark anyway. Going dark creates a cosy space and doesn’t always – as a lot of people expect -make a room feel smaller. 


1. Rattan chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £195 ]

2. Vanity mirror from futureandfound.com [ £39 ]

3. Ceiling light from habitat.co.uk [ £55 ]

4. Lamp shade from made.com [ £29 ]

5. Desk from westelm.co.uk [ £399 ]

6. Smeg fridge freezer from johnlewis.com [ £1999 ]

7. Armchair from ikea.com [ £190 ]

8. Vase from hm.com [ £17.99 ]

home: trend [ matte finish ]

home: trend [ matte finish ]

This season shiney finishes and silk paint is out, and in comes matte walls and painted furniture.

Whether it’s light fittings, accessories, unit doors or table tops the look combines oxidized metals, matte glazes and chalk paint finishes. Black and grey look great in matte, but to bring lighter shades into a room consider creams, aqua greens [ in lighter shades ] and other pastel tones.

This trend works well in minimalist interiors and can be mixed with elements of Industrial, Rustic and Scandinavian. And note not everything has to be matte, mix with textured and reflective items such at leather, glass and metal to bring a well collated, thought through interior. Be selective in your choices and bring in colour where possible.

With regards to walls you can use wallpaper with minimal pattern or our preferred option is to paint. Consider clay and earthy colours [ in matte ] or try two colours [ pastels ] and divide a wall in half or an interesting pattern. Check out bestlivingroomdesigns.com for ideas. 


1. Stelton teapot – violetandpercy.com [ £74.95 ]

2. Armchair – loaf.com [ £795 ]

3. Lampshade – nooklondon.com [ £90.50 ]

4. Table – roseandgrey.co.uk [ £175 ]

5. Paint colours – dulux.co.uk

6. Ferm Living table – loandbeholdstore.com [ £88 ]

7. Besta unit – ikea.com [ £320 ]

8. Vase – futureandfound.com [ £35 ]

9. Map poster – doo-dah.co.uk [ £25 ]