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Design Recipes: Go Bold With Black | Siouxland Homes

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service

When is it appropriate to use black in interior design? Once considered harsh, black is now more popular than ever and is often the color of choice for those looking for a sleek, upscale vibe. Black offers the opportunity to infuse a bold and luxurious look into almost any space. When using black, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

1. Use black in social spaces such as living rooms, family rooms, and even dining rooms.

2. Pair black with other neutral colors like cream, blue, and even brown.

3. Incorporate black as an element to help floor spaces that may be too bright.

4. Use black as your cabinetry choice. Black cabinets are a popular designer choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

5. Use black on large surfaces such as upholstery, artwork, and rugs.

1. Don’t be afraid to use black in unexpected areas such as children’s bedrooms or small spaces such as bathrooms.

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2. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Look for ways to use black in bold and unexpected ways.

3. Don’t worry about pairing black with other dark colors such as indigo blue or dark chocolate brown.

4. Don’t avoid using black as an accent color. Black makes a great accent when looking to create a sense of contrast.

5. Don’t overlook the opportunity to use black on architectural elements such as baseboards, moldings and railings.

(New York-based Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and nationally acclaimed interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, DC. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at

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