Amsterdam Chic: The Beauty of Basic Black

I've just returned from Amsterdam and can't shake my obsession with the pervasive use of black throughout the city. From faded matte to shimmery lacquer coating walls, doors, exteriors, and every possible furniture and lighting item, I'm questioning my strict white walls = modern mindset.

Black is a prevalent color choice throughout the city, yet the effect is anything but cold and somber. Accent colors pop against dark backdrops, pictures seem to jump off of dusky walls, rooms feel cozy and timeless — a marriage of old world refinement and cutting edge cool.

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The dining room of the lovely Canal House hotel.
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Our hotel room with a black pitched ceiling that seemed to rise forever.
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The Conservatorium Hotel's sleek dining lounge.
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A typical Amsterdam street peppered with black façades.

Looking around my apartment with every wall painted stark white, I'm tempted to make a drastic change and bring some Amsterdam cool stateside. What are your thoughts on rooms swathed in black?

(Images: Chad Schroer)