Black Ink

Color Therapy

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Here's a one shot one-off — something we did years ago which I finally just re-photographed. This was my "black is beautiful" phase.

This is one wall in a lofty contemporary building. The idea with accent walls like this behind the bed is that they suck you into the room, define an area, create a cozy space that you want to curl up under; and they temper the bald, white expanses one encounters in a loft, which are often painted gesso white. "Accent walls" are a fairly modern conceit, which go back to Le Corbusier — you couldn't do this in a Victorian house and still be period correct.

I'm not sure you can deduce it from this picture, but the color is Black Ink. Though I'm splitting hairs, it is softer than an absolute black, which perhaps might remain indeterminate or look like set design. The rest of the room is a Ralph Lauren off-white, but the exact name of that color is lost to the mists of time.

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For my first post about this color I created a fantasia of Black Ink in Photoshop, as I shot my picture before move-in, and wanted to suggest how the room would feel inhabited. And lately I would highly recommend doing your dark colors in Benjamin Moore's Aura paint finishes — you can wipe/handle them, even in that matte emulsion.

Looks nice now that it's properly dressed…

Colors used: Benjamin Moore Black Ink 2127-20

(Images: Mark Chamberlain)

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