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Go bold and get inspired with black walls


One of the most effective ways to add a sense of drama to the home is by incorporating the colour black. And using black paint is the most affordable way to do just that! Play it safe with a black painted door OR go bold and embrace black walls!

Going black on the walls is a trick designers use because it makes a big statement… without spending big! Come and be inspired as we share 3 zones of the home where black walls work effortlessly — the bedroom, dining room and living room.

Related article: Inspiration gallery: VJ panel living room walls
Related article: Design inspo: Beautiful black kitchens

Black walls — in the living room

The first zone of the home where black walls look right at home is in your living room.

Be bold and embrace it on all 4 walls to create a powerful statement or dip your toe in with just a feature wall or two. Yes, we know many designers are saying feature walls are out but they still serve a purpose and work particularly well when you mix up the material. For example, a living room with one timber panel wall or brick wall painted black and the other walls of plaster kept white or another neutral shade.

Here are some stunning living rooms with black walls you’re bound to fall for.

Modern traditional

This home is the perfect example of traditional (intricate mouldings and that sofa) vs modern (everything else you can see in the space!). It’s absolutely divine and we can’t get enough!

Sleek and downright sexy

If ever a room could be described as sexy… this would be it. This black on black statement home from Biasol is elegant, sophisticated and sleek as anything. See the full home tour here.

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Panel me black

Black panelled feature walls are not something that immediately springs to mind, but we are here for it! It makes a statement and the panelling pairs it back, adding texture and interest.

Liven up black with plants

There’s no denying black walls are bold. But they also don’t have to dominate a space, as shown here in DIY Shelley’s living room. She softens the space with light sheer curtains, natural accents and plenty of greenery.

Indoor plants are a favourite of ours, as they breathe life into a space (literally!) and a pop of greenery. Check out this article on the top 10 trending indoor plants and our indoor plant care tips here.

Painted brick

We love a bit of exposed brick, but sometimes it needs a lick of paint to bring it back to life. Using a black feature wall at the end of a room, tricks the eye into seeing the space as longer than it is as black recedes. The black joinery on either side of the room ties the space together.

Beach vibes

When we envision beach vibes, we immediately think white or shades of blue or green. But let’s flip that on its head, because who says beachy can’t be black?!

The exposed beams, sheer curtains, natural fibres and touch of rattan… this room oozes coastal with being cliche.

If you lust after panelled feature walls, be sure to check out this article where the inspo keeps on coming!

Black walls — in the bedroom

The next zone of the home where we’re advocates for using black is in the bedroom. It’s a fab way to dial up the luxe vibes and instantly creates a moody space you want to retreat to. Let’s get inspired!

Hotel luxe

Did you catch the bedroom makeover Gina recently gave one of her friends? She created a custom square panel feature wall and painted it in a warm black (‘Black Felt’ by Dulux) to create a sophisticated and inviting feel.

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Our recent bedroom makeover project, see all the photos

Sophisticated style

Doesn’t this space just make you want to sink into bed and relax?! As well as black walls, black has also been used around the ceiling detail to provide extra emphasis and draw your eye upwards.

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Minimalist style

This master bedroom, as seen in the birdcage home, uses black on all 4 walls and the ceiling! Surrounded by a view amongst the treetops and that fabulous birdcage-inspired balcony, the spaces speak for themselves.

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Take the full tour of the birdcage here

Black woodgrain walls

It’s subtle, but you can just notice the wood texture coming through these black bedroom walls. It pairs perfectly with the laid-back linen bedding and egg-shaped side table.

Make it masculine

Pairing black walls with a mix of textures like tartan, leather and wood, effortlessly achieves a masculine aesthetic. The black accents in the cushion, occasional chair and bedside lamp creates cohesion in the space.

For more masculine bedroom inspiration, check out this bedroom before and after makeover.

Boho bedroom

Taking things a little boho now, with this gorgeous bedroom featuring a black panel ledge wall. We’re not usually ones for feature walls, but here where the material has been switched up, it just works.

Match their mood

Teenagers are moody… it’s just how they’re wired. So why not match their bedroom to their mood — makes sense, right?! This teen boy bedroom does just that, styled to perfection by Liberty Interiors.

Black walls — in the dining room

The final zone of the home where you can’t go wrong with black walls is the dining room. Get inspired to dine in style with these beautiful black walled dining rooms.

Archway goals

Arches are certainly having a moment in design right now and while they are generally painted white, check out this dining room to see how painting them black adds impact with the way different shadows are cast! It perfectly frames the tiled splashback feature beyond.

Intimate dining room

Nowadays dining rooms are generally part of a larger open plan area but if yours is a separate room like this one, why not embrace it by painting all the walls and ceiling black! Paired with metallic accents, herringbone floor and statement lighting, this dining room puts a whole new spin on elegance.

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Enveloping black dining room. Image via The Local Project, project by Neil Architecture

Scandi sleek

To create a Scandi-style dining room, you may think it’s best to keep things light and airy. This black feature wall proves dark colours can still feel Scandi, just stick to natural materials and minimalist styling.

Flip tradition on its head

A classic way to add style and character in any dining room is with a half-wall of panelling or wainscoating. What’s unique about this space, is the wall panelling is kept traditional and white, and the rest of the wall and ceiling have been painted in feature black.

It’s a different spin on what would otherwise have been a very traditional looking dining space. Clever. Simple. Gorgeous.

Eclectic and vintage

We added this dining room to the mix to show the versatility of black paint. By now you’ve seen it works beautifully in sleek and modern homes, coastal homes, period homes, and yes, even eclectic homes too!

Our fave black paints

Now that you’re sold on the look of black walls, let’s talk colour. Just as there’s no such thing as ‘white paint’ the same rings true for black paint. Some blacks throw more blue or green tones, while others appear more grey.

To help you pick the perfect black paint for your home, here are some of our favourite black paints.

So what did you think of our inspiration gallery on black feature walls? Which was your favourite zone? The bedroom, dining or living room? And has it given you the courage to give black paint a go? Tell us in the comment section below!

More interior inspo here

This article was first published in March 2021 and has been updated with new information and images.



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Design inspo: Beautiful black kitchens


Thinking of going black for your next kitchen? It’s a bold and sexy look that we love, Love, LOVE!

Black kitchens can suit a range of interior styles from contemporary to Victorian, ultra-luxe and minimalist. In flat fronts or shaker-style doors, recessed pull handles or statement metallic handles, there are so many ways to do a black kitchen.

To inspire you to embrace black, here is a round up of our favourite black kitchens.

Related article: Top 9 kitchen splashback trends 2020
Related article: Boho coastal kitchen designs: 20 of the best boho kitchen ideas

A touch of traditional

Black kitchens don’t just fit contemporary design and as proof, check out these dreamy kitchens that embrace black cabinets for a modern twist on a traditional style.

Shaker profiles and black are a winning combo, only made better by a hint of bling with metallic hardware. If you also want to use statement handles similar to these kitchens, check out our top places to shop for handles here.

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Modern take on a Victorian kitchen, absolute perfection! Image via @redesignhomellc / Photography by @stofferphotographyinteriors / Design by @redesignhomellc 
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Move over white shaker doors when black ones look this good! Designer Charlie Coull Design / Photography Valerie Wilcox

Contemporary design

Contemporary design is one of the most difficult design styles to pin down because it’s a fluid design that refers to what’s ‘here and now’. Right now, the use of stone, architectural lighting and floor-to-ceiling joinery fit the contemporary brief. Also, pushing the boundaries of a traditional island bench by creating the sense of furniture legs or embracing a curved design are very contemporary.

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Kitchen at Concord Residence, take the full tour
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We love the furniture leg design detail on this kitchen island. Designed by @studio_ezra / Photography by Amelia Stanwix

Retro twist

Terrazzo has been making a comeback in recent years and when it looks this good in the kitchen, why wouldn’t you embrace it?! As well terrazzo, we’re seeing a return of ’70’s design features — think bold floors, curved cabinetry and statement splashbacks — so perhaps the inspiration for your new kitchen lies in the past?

Minimalist design

Many of these kitchens fit within the contemporary design umbrella but they pare things back so far that we felt they deserved their own title. It should be noted that minimalist design stand the test of time. While you can personalise these kitchens with your own styling, don’t be afraid to embrace their simplicity and sense of zen!

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What a beautiful statement this oversized window makes with the rangehood. Designed by @studiotate / Photography @sharyncairns / Image via @dotandpop
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Bianca and Carla’s kitchen on The Block 2018
Black kitchen on polished black concrete floor
Stylist Kate Nixon / Photography Maree Homer / Architect Mason Cowle – Ellivo Architects via Homes to Love

Statement stone

A popular combination unlike any other = black cabinets + stone. Whether you embrace the real deal or find an engineered alternative, black joinery picks up on the veining of stone and is a winning formula to elevate the look of any kitchen.

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Gina’s kitchen, see more photos here
Black, timber and marble kitchen
Designed by @alto_architects / Photography @cathyschusler / Image via @stylesourcebook

Find even more kitchen inspo here and if you have a kitchen challenge you’d like our help with, pop a comment below or email it to us at [email protected] 🙂

More kitchen inspo here

This article was first published in March 2019 and continues to be updated with the best black kitchens.



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Dress Your Tech: Black & White Bouquet

Dress Your Tech: Black & White Bouquet


A free monthly desktop wallpaper brought to you by my incredibly talented friend, Jess Blazejewski. Enjoy!

Dress Your Tech: Black & White Bouquet | lark & linen

Hi Friends! It’s Jess from Jess Blazejewski Fine Art, with a new free backdrop for your tech. I painted a fresh, lively bouquet of flowers in watercolors for March. The monochrome black & white palette gives it a touch of neutral elegance that I’m loving! Select your favorite version below & just click the link to download.

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DOWNLOAD YOUR WALLPAPER FOR FREE HERE:

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BLACK & WHITE BOUQUET DETAIL:
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Download wallpaper from months past right here | Copy, Design & Artwork: Jess Blazejewski



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Nine to Know | Black Sinks | Design Products


Aside from the contemporary appeal and aesthetic of a black sink, black sinks are easier to clean and preserve their appearance for longer than their white ceramic counterparts. Together with Australian kitchen and bathroom retailer Abey, we’ve curated nine black, and gunmetal sinks from leading international brands, fit for use in the kitchen, butler’s pantry, bathroom, laundry and even the home bar.

Produced in partnership with Abey



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White penny tiles, black tapware, and a pink sink — the chic laundry look


We’ve all heard the saying ‘out with the old, in with the new.’ When Interior Designer Lucy Miller from Riverland Projects got hold of this dilapidated laundry, she flipped it on its head!

Today Lucy shares her chic laundry with us. Featuring a penny round splashback, matte white hardware, black tapware and that nude pink sink, it’s a fabulous example of when a strong design concept and a little risk pays off big-time!

Related articles: Small but stylish laundry with herringbone floor, wall panelling, barn door… and more!
Related articles: Olivia from House of White’s chic laundry renovation

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Originally proving a reno nightmare, Lucy had the opportunity to bring new life to this laundry.

“The laundry in the original house was in a shocking way! Basically, we gutted the house but kept as much of the great mid-century bones as we could. The house now has a new fresh feel, and the laundry is located in this new section.

“The penny round tiles were leftover from a previous reno. They have a great mid-century vibe which suited the house perfectly, making it an easy choice. I made sure the laundry had lots of bench space and an overhead shelf that’s great for storing baskets.

I’ve always been drawn to pink… we featured some pink joinery in the bathroom at our previous house, so I knew I felt confident in doing it again. Especially paired with lots of simple white and a black mixer.

Lucy calls the pink sink “the laundry sink of my dreams” and hasn’t regretted this bold choice one bit!

“The pink sink is hands down my favourite feature. It’s just such a great shade of nude pink, not too overpowering. It stole my heart the second I laid eyes on it.

“It was a bit of a splurge, but then I realised if we just went simple and neat with white Laminex throughout the joinery, it would all balance out. There only needed to be one hero, and it was always going to be the pink sink!”

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With a laundry that so perfectly balances simplicity and functionality, we asked Lucy for some of her laundry design tips.

“Laminex is a great option for joinery in the laundry. It saves on stone tops and fancier joinery fronts, but still gives such a clean look. You can get so many colours now! Add some fancy handles and you can really make it look awesome for half the price.

“Make sure you have lots of open bench space for folding. I love having room for the big basket to sit too — it looks great and is practical for storage. Remember to make the benchtop nice and deep so the washing machine sits flush against the wall. It looks much neater than having them poke out a few inches.

“Have a window or external door for fresh air. It may not always be possible but it’s always great to circulate some fresh air through. We ended up adding an additional hydronic heating panel in the laundry, great for winter and drying things a bit faster on the rack.”

Sink Schock — Abey
Black tap/mixer — Phoenix Tapware
Penny round tiles — Tile Cloud
Joinery — Laminex

Big thanks to Lucy for showing us around your chic laundry. To find out more about her projects, check out her Instagram. What was your favourite feature of this laundry? Would you ever select a pink sink? Let us know in the comments below!

More laundry inspo here

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All the Best Black Friday Sales in One Place

the Best Black Friday Sales in One Place


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To my friends south of the border, I hope you had an incredible Thanksgiving <3 Though I’ve been not so secretly celebrating Christmas around here for a few weeks now (oops), it now officially feels socially acceptable to really go full tilt. Because I love a good deal, I always hold off on making any purchases until today, and I’m excited to curl up later with my small but mighty list and a mug of something hot & festive. I thought it’d be helpful to round up some of the best Black Friday sales in one place for the occasion in one handy spot.

Whether your holiday shopping, or updating your home, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the incredible deals. All that said, please remember that you do not need to get a single thing – this isn’t a push to encourage meaningless spending by any means. I only post this year after year as a resource in case there’s something that sparks joy, or something that you’ve been eyeing on the list. 

 You’ll find my favourite Black Friday sales, deals, steals and discount codes below. Enjoy! 

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Amber Interiors
25% off the entire store with code GIVETHANKS

Serena & Lily
The entire store, including sale items, is 25% off (the best sale of the year every year)
Use the code: ITSHERE

Boll & Branch
(on my go-to list for sheets & bedding)
Get 25% off using the code CYBERWEEK

Target
Get up to 40% off

Schoolhouse
Up to 20% off

CB2
Up to 30% off

Etsy
Up to 60% off

Joss & Main
Up to 50% off

One Kings Lane
25% off sitewide

Lulu & Georgia
25% off everything with code THANKFUL

Mark & Graham
Up to 50% off

McGee & Co
20% off sitewide with code GRATEFUL

Parachute Home
20% off everything!

Pottery Barn
Up to 70% off

Rejuvenation
Up to 50% off

Williams Sonoma
Up to 20% off

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Reformation 
25% off everything

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25% off everything

Madewell
30% off your purchase using the code OHJOY

J.Crew
40% off your purchase with promo code SHOPEARLY

Nordstrom
Up to 50% off

Revolve
Up to 60% off 

Banana Republic
40% off everything

Etsy:
Up to 60% off

Net-a-Porter
15% off using code BLACKFRIDAY

Sephora

Shopbop
Up to 50% off with code HOLIDAY

Old Navy
(the cutest holiday pjs)
50% off your purchase & free shipping withcode SHIP

 

I will be sure to update this list as I come across other Black Friday sales. If you have any, leave em’ in the comments below – that way everyone can find all of the best black Friday sales in one place. 



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Recipe: Black Manhattan with Ambassador Olivia Muniak

Recipe: Black Manhattan with Ambassador Olivia Muniak


MEET OUR AMBASSADOR : OLIVIA MUNIAK

Even though she grew up in New York City, Olivia Muniak has always had an affinity for the breezy louche sensibility of Italian aperitivo hour. She considers a long leisurely meal as an antidote to the hustle of daily life, as a way to slow down and be present. 

Her entertaining philosophy is simple: tables should be candlelit, begin the evening with a cocktail, and savor every bite of thoughtfully prepared food in between sips of good wine and conversation (and lots of laughter). 

In August of 2019, fueled by the idea of meals as a form of meaningful connection, Olivia launched La Cura Supper Club (La Cura is Italian for “the cure”), a six-course family style dinner, hosted in a private home or at a unique spot in Los Angeles.

In addition to a regular supper club, La Cura offers full-service catering, event and party planning. The website serves as an evolving compendium of what she’s cooking and a shoppable edit of her favorite entertaining and kitchen essentials. Olivia lives and works in Los Angeles, California.



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European farmhouse kitchen

A tour of Black Beauty


In today’s home tour, we explore the charm of Black Beauty. A home channeling the European Farmhouse aesthetic hidden in the streets of Mornington, Victoria. With an emphasis on arches, symmetry and texture, this house is a visual masterpiece that’s sure to inspire.

We take a look around this beautiful home with talented designer Kate Walker from Kate Walker Designs (KWD) and owners Lucy and Steve.

Related article: Sage green and marble laundry and mudroom oozing modern farmhouse vibes
Related article: The Georgian style home given a lockdown makeover: A tour around Belle Vue Apartment

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Modern farmhouse kitchen

Designed for a family of five, this home is the perfect mix of relaxed yet elegant European architecture.

“The house has two storeys with a master suite and ensuite, two bedrooms for the kids, a family bathroom, a guest bedroom with an ensuite, and a powder room,” says Kate.

“The brief was very much based on a European Farmhouse aesthetic. We wanted to emphasise the symmetry and the arches within the architectural design.

“We lined up the kitchen detailing and rangehood with the lounge room detailing and the fireplace. They are a mirror image of each other. Having a really big island bench was important because we wanted it to be an entertaining space, a prep space and a dining space as well.”

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Black is a bold colour choice, but Kate insists using a mix of textures throughout the home ensures the colour never gets dull.

“Black houses are the epitome of the European Farmhouse aesthetic, so we knew it was the right foundation.

“We also really wanted to use texture as colour throughout the home. The house has a myriad of textures, including two roofing materials — standing seam and a roof tile both in black. On the exterior of the building, we added shingles, weatherboards, timber windows and bagged and painted brick. All of the texture ensures that the monolithic black tones don’t look flat.

“The home sits beautifully in the landscape, contrasted against the verdant green gardens. It was less about making the home stand out in the street, and more about it blending in with the streetscape.”

Modern farmhouse sitting room
Dark green joinery in bathroom

Giving a design team such as KWD authority over a house build requires a lot of trust but can ultimately lead to a magical payoff.

“It actually surprised me and surprised Kate to a degree. That we were prepared to push the boundaries and step out of our comfort zone and agree to the whole specification. We trusted in Kate and her team and were invested in the process from day one,” says Steve.

“We knew we wanted a farmhouse-style home and had a vision for the floor plan, but we wanted Kate’s direction and input on all the hard finishes and the colour palette. Kate helped us focus on the best aesthetic for what we wanted to achieve. She had this incredible way of drawing out exactly what was inside my head,” adds Lucy.

“I feel like we’ve both got so much more confidence to make those tricky decisions about what colours and styles and textures work with each other. I’ve been like a sponge soaking up Kate’s ideas, advice and inspiration.”

When clients are open to ideas and they place their trust in us as designers, we can create magic together. It adds an extra layer of design that creates a result less ordinary, and that delights and surprises.

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Ultimate dressing room

With such a beautiful build, we thought we’d ask Kate for her tips on where to save and when to splurge.

“It’s the quality finishes, innovative design elements and attention to detail that make a space beautiful. I like to consider every aspect of the design in the early stages. I will add natural stone wherever possible. Tiles on the bathroom ceiling if the space warrants it, or in this case, wallpaper on the ceiling.

“Focus your spend on the areas of the home that you will see the most, use the most and can get the most joy from. For example, the kitchen tap. If you think about how many times you turn the kitchen tap on every day, you can understand why it’s important to splurge on a quality fitting as opposed to the taps in the children’s bathroom.

“If you looked at a heat map of your home, the kitchen would be bright red and knowing that, it makes sense to spend more money on your kitchen joinery versus your laundry joinery. You would splurge more on your kitchen island benchtop than on your ensuite stone. Add the best quality finishes that your budget will allow.”

Builder Cahill Building Group
Photographer
Armelle Habib
Stylist
Julia Green – Greenhouse Interiors

We can’t get enough of this colour dark yet homely colour scheme! To see more projects by the KWD team, visit the KWD website or take a scroll through their Instagram. What do you think about this European Farmhouse style? Would you use black as the main colour for your home? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Exterior of Black Beauty house
Outdoor living area with fire
Outdoor dining space
Girls bedroom with wallpaper ceiling
Luxurious timber laundry
Graphic navy blue wallpaper in boy's room
House bed in kid's room
Vaulted ceiling in kitchen
Where to position kitchen sink
Timber joinery in the kitchen
Modern farmhouse hallway
Archways in farmhouse
Recessed arch bookshelf with olive green shadow
Blade wall in bathroom separating bath and shower
Checker floor in farmhouse bathroom
Turned timber dining table


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