Designers use inky paint, tile and wallpaper to bring sophisticated style to rooms, and make furniture and accents stand out. Take a page from designer’s Judith Gougeon handbook and create an accent wall with all of your favorite knick knacks and mementos. Photographer: Alex Lukey Source: House & Home December 2019 Designer: Carey Mudford & Erin Coe; Architecture by Lorne Rose Architect Ugandan baskets — both in black and white and a mellow yellow — create an eye-catching 3D display in this global guest bedroom, especially with a moody grasscloth wallpaper as the backdrop.
Photographer: Stacey Brandford Source: House & Home February 2019 Designer: Denise Zidel & Stephanie Lees Black walls, marble-tiled floors and a shower enclosure with contrast piping make this principal bathroom dark and dramatic, while the light wood cabinet adds softness and warmth.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson Source: House & Home May 2020 Designer: Sarah Baeumler With the addition of millwork detailing, Farrow & Ball’s Railings (31) transforms neutral linens and natural wood furniture into a cozy year-round retreat. Photographer: Tracey Ayton Source: House & Home September 2020 Designer: Ben Leavitt, Plaidfox Kelly Wearstler’s Graffito wallpaper is definitely a bold choice for a bedroom, but when paired with white linens and a charcoal gray bed frame, it doesn’t overpower.
Photographer: Photography by Alex Lukey Source: House and Home October 2016 Designer: Meredyth Hilton H&H editors Morgan Michener and Stacey Smithers created this pretty accent wall using a combination of Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black (57) and Slipper Satin (2004). Photographer: Jane Beiles Source: House & Home October 2015 Designer: Selina van der Geest In this tailored living space, black-painted walls tie in nicely with a collection of framed black and white photography. Photographer: André Rider Source: House & Home December 2014 Designer: Shane Bérubé An airy wire-based chair and a simple, yet impactful, piece of artwork strike just the right balance in this moody black hallway.
Photographer: Stacey Brandford Source: House & Home March 2017 Designer: Shirley Meisels Willow (CC-542) by Benjamin Moore is a brown-tinged off-black that works beautifully with vibrant rugs and art. Photographer: Virginia Macdonald Source: House & Home November 2016 Designer: Connie Braemer Placed in front of black-painted walls, a set of shapely yellow vessels really pop. Photographer: Kim Jeffery Source: House & Home April 2016 Designer: Shirley Meisels A section of wall painted in Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty (2128-10) has a cool, graphic appeal in this principal bedroom.
Photographer: Ted Yarwood Source: House & Home March 2015 Designer: Fenwick Bonnell Behr’s Black Suede (S-H-790) makes a foolproof partner for crisp white upholstery in Anne Côté’s eclectic living room. Photographer: Virginia Macdonald Source: House & Home December 2014 Designer: Brian Gluckstein H&H editor Morgan Michener chose black chalkboard paint from Rust-Oleum to lend this boy’s room a bit of edge.
Photographer: Kim Jeffery Source: House & Home June 2011 Designer: Morgan Michener Slivers of black-painted wall balance out all the thick, white trim in this sunny eat-in kitchen by Elizabeth Margles and Joel Bray.