Back to Black
Interior designers are going to back to black, including when it comes to flooring. Dark stained wood floors, as well as hiding any imperfections that might otherwise result in unnecessary wood floor repairs, are back in vogue as are other ways of bringing darkness back to our houses.
Abigail Ahern, an interior designer from Atelier Abigail Ahern, says that while “white on white” has been the norm for many a year, black is coming back – and how. “Dark rooms are my idea of heaven,” she admits. “I love inky, sludgy, dark colours – you get a tantalizing, sophisticated effect and things pop out in a way that you don’t get if you go pale. It just ups the style rating.” Ahern admits that customers often take a bit of convincing to paint their floors, ceilings and even sometimes their walls black or dark grey, acknowledging that she was in on the idea long before it started to become a trend and that most people thought she was “bonkers” for doing so. She said that it was one of the most transformative things an individual could do with just a tin of paint. Ahern added: “It is the easiest thing to change if you don’t like it. People are now embracing it more and more, because you do get just a phenomenal effect.”
Matthew Carlisle, Creative Director of top design firm Candy & Candy, agrees that black is back, particularly with men, while acknowledging that some women are also crossing over to the dark side when it comes to décor.