Black invigorates a room with its grand aptitude for statement design. Make a bold move that will no doubt pay off by dabbling with black paint or decor, as inspired by these 35 incredibly chic rooms.
In the master bath of an Art Deco pad in Chicago, the tub has fittings by ., the circa-1905 Viennese stool by Julius and Josef Herrmann is from , and the room is sheathed in Calacatta Capri, Grigio Carnico, and Belgian Black marbles; the abstract plaster sculpture is unsigned and from the 20th century.
In the master bath of this Madrid home, custom-made moldings of carved walnut, steel, and silver leaf replicate an original motif in the Art Deco apartment building. The sink is custom-made, and the towel rack and shower and sink fittings are by .
In a remote New Zealand surf town, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst tucked a spacious weekend retreat amid a lush grove of exotic trees. In the living area of the house, designed in its entirety by the couple, the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
In this West Village loft, the den's custom sofa is based on a 1960s design and covered in a ; the 1970 French cocktail table is by , the nesting tables are based on a design, and the artwork is by Marilyn Minter.
In the compact guest bedroom of a London townhouse, hotelier and designer Kit Kemp used a black-and-white Brunschwig & Fils toile de Jouy for the walls, canopy, pillows and bedding, adding texture while maintain a clean, monochromatic color scheme. The artwork is by Dick Bixby, and the faux-shagreen table is Kemp's own design.
This Tuxedo Park, New York home takes a serious design risk by pairing chic black walls and floors with a brown 1970s leather sofa and matching chairs by Gerard van den Berg. The result? A gorgeous blend of refined and eclectic.
Don't underestimate the sleek and sultry power of a bedroom with black walls. In the master bedroom of a Central Park apartment, the walls have a custom textured finish by . The bed, by , is dressed in linens by , the bedside table is from , and the custom rug is by .
In a 19th-century Federal home in New York, the master bath's tub, sink, fittings, and black limestone flooring are by Waterworks. The sconces are by , the kilim is from , and the artworks were purchased in London and Paris.
French garden chairs surround an antique Belgian oak table on the terrace of a historic San Francisco home designed by Ken Fulk. The lanterns are by Bevolo, and the lead planters are custom designs.
This 19th-century farmhouse in Bridgehampton experiments with edgy design, even in the laundry room. Black doors and moldings add some personality to a space designed for function. The washing machine is by , the seagrass hamper is from and the marble wall tile is by .
A riad in Marrakech, uses black floors as a base for eclectic interior design. The dining room chairs (inspired by Gerrit Rietveld) and table are by maisonLAB, and the series of gouaches is by Raffone.
A converted 19th-century summer camp in Northern California keeps their decor playful, with a restored vintage bar that was bought locally at the Tyler Florence Shop, stools by , and a checkerboard floor that is painted in 's Off-Black.
Ken Fulk knows exactly how to make a dark palette feel cozy, instead of bleak. The bedroom of a Montana guest house he designed boasts a steel bed by , a 1920s leather sofa in the Elvis suite, and bed linens and side tables by . The black wallpaper is by .
Black and white doesn't have to be a dull color combo. In the powder room of a modern ranch in upstate New York, the wall mural is by and the wainscoting is painted in .
On a covered porch in California, the vintage leather love seats and the ironwood block tables are from , the wall sculpture is a wartime gas mask for horses, and the walls are painted in .
This Pacific Palisades home owned by designer Alison Palevsky gives California cool a contemporary vibe with the airy entryway that features black wood floors, a custom door, and resin work above by Ron Reihel.
Lacquered walls bring polish to the library of cosmetics executive Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer's Long Island home. The dark palette is enlivened with a photograph, a floor lamp by and a graphic patterned carpet by .
The library in the Kentucky home of fashion designers has an inviting old-world look, with shelves studded with antlers from European hunting lodges and trophies found at flea markets and on . Antique Windsor chairs surround a table set with Hermès china and napkins by .
In the black dining room of Federico de Vera's Manhattan apartment, the steel-top table is by , a 19th-century Louis XV–style chair is upholstered in a Richard Saja embroidered toile de Jouy, and the chair on the left is in the style of Gerrit Rietveld; the cabinetry and countertops are by , and the cooktop is by .
In Marco Scarani and Jamie Creel's Paris apartment, the library's sofa and armchairs are by , the Chinese black-lacquer cocktail table is vintage and the pillows are covered in a velvet.
In an entry hall designed by Kelly Wearstler, the light fixture is vintage, and the stone sculpture is from ; the walls are painted in , the floor is patterned with three different marbles and on the ceiling is a wall covering by .
Matte paint finishes off a black kitchen and dining room in a Los Angeles apartment and dining room designed by antiques dealer and interior designer Lee Stanto. The French pendant lights are from the 1890s.
In the library of a Chicago apartment designed by Eric Ceputis, fireproof black porcelain tiles line the floor and a nook behind a suspended fireplace.
In Jackie Astier's Manhattan dining room, a 19th-century French chandelier hangs above a dining table made from a pair of '70s brass bases found on . The walls were painted with 10 coats of custom lacquer. The '40s French dining chairs are upholstered in a , the shades are of a silk and the rug is by .
In a bold Manhattan apartment belonging to designer George Nunno, the black kitchen's custom cabinetry is ebonized oak topped with marble. The Milo Maugham barstools were found on eBay; the iron sculpture was discovered at a Paris flea market.
This modern Hamptons potato farm barn features dramatic cabinetry of blackened perforated steel, designed by the architectural firm .
In this striking bathroom in a Manhattan apartment belonging to decorator , the black sink is from , with fittings by . The cabinets are black glass with brass trim, the walls are clad in Saint Laurent marble and the flooring is limestone.
The black kitchen in this Lake Tahoe home features cabinetry by , an oven is by , and a sink by with fittings. The countertop is quartzite and the custom-made stools are covered in an leather.
In the living room of a Chicago apartment designed by , a black vintage daybed stands in striking contrast to a sofa by Vladimir Kagan and an Angelo Mangiarotti cocktail table.