Welcome to the Dark Side: Black on Black

Maison & Objet 2011

One of the things I noticed while hiking around Maison & Objet was the move toward lots of dark colored furniture and accessories shown against an almost equally dark backdrop. From true blue black to stormy charcoal grays, this was a trend that showed up again and again, especially in the European exhibitors' booths.

The ten pics above are quick snapshot examples, but you get the idea - its about the layer of darks against each other, which, when viewed "in person" helps to actually illuminate and feature the subtle differences in the dark tones, making for a rich, more-interesting-than-you-would-think effect.

It can veer easily into a goth-y kind of vibe as many of these examples illustrate; it's not an easy look to pull off. I think the key to making this work in a "real" home would be to consider the overall fussiness of the pieces - cleaner lines work better and going for variances in finishes and textures would help to keep it feeling more warm and cozy instead of overly nightclubby.

Shown above, left to right:
1. Esquire Home
2. Grange
3. Grange
4. JNL Collection
5. Arden

6. Guadarte
7. Versmissen
8. Guadarte
9. Hugo Boss
10. La Fibule

What do you think? A do-able look or just too theatrical for real life?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.