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How to effectively incorporate black in home’s interior

Black is a great hue for decorating your home. You can use it on walls, on the floor, on the cabinets, in the furniture, on the upholstery, as picture frames or simply as accent pieces.

Wherever you choose black, the effect will be stunning. Remember the old saying about that little black dress and how it is always in style and fits in for just about any occasion? Well, black is always in style with interior design.

Perhaps the attraction with black for interiors is its boldness. Black can be paired with just about any other color, making it pop. Black adds interest, even if you use only a little of it.

Black combines with tan and brown beautifully to give a sophisticated look without feeling standoffish. If you want real drama, combine black with a deep, dark purple. In a bedroom, for example, deep-purple walls with a bedroom set of black with silver accents will make the room dramatic plus provide a quiet-feeling, dark place for peaceful sleep.

The dining room can become beautifully formal with a black table and chairs. If that is too much for you, then just black chairs with a glass table would still say formal. Accent that with red on the window treatments and you have a bold, exciting look.

Painting just one wall black might be enough. Anything you hang on that wall will jump out and be seen. All the colors in whatever you hang on that wall will pop with more intensity than they would on a lighter-colored wall. And the black accent wall sets the tone for drama in the entire room.

Stairways laced with black wrought iron always look good and rich. If you have a front door with glass on either side of the door, use wrought iron on the glass for a dramatic effect. If you are thinking of buying black paint, be aware that black comes in many colors. We’re referring to the undertones of other colors, such as blue or green or purple.

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is the author of “Mystery of Color.”

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