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Black interior inspiration: how to stage a “non-colour” at home

From house facades to wallpaper and furniture: all-black interior is now a well-established trend among design experts and enthusiasts. The light-absorbing non-colour adds an elegant touch to any room.

Depending on your personal taste, you can either create subtle accents or bold statements. We’ve got some practical tips and unusual ideas to give you some inspiration.

Collage of different black furniture items

Black interior in the living room: sophisticated yet homely

You’d like to give your living room a chic update without compromising on comfort? This works best with a combination of striking details, fluid shapes, and soft fabrics.

  • Black furniture pieces such as the Imola armchair always add a sense of elegance – but still invite you to snuggle up with a good read and a hot cup of tea.
  • Complementing your lounge area, coffee tables or cupboards in black can turn into an eye-catching highlight.
  • Modern designs such as the Circle Display or the Componibili Classic by Anna Castelli Ferrieri stand out with their clever fusion of aesthetics and functionality.

Black armchair from lmola
Two-piece side table by Aesthek in black

Black interior in the bathroom: from shower walls to radiators

Dark surfaces look especially appealing on glossy tiles or basins. If you want to go all out, you can even paint an entire wall black. This will serve as an ideal backdrop for mirrors and shiny details in gold or silver.

  • Black faucets have become a staple among bathroom interior designers. Variants with a matt finish are also low-maintenance, as water stains and fingerprints don’t show easily.
  • Want to keep your bathroom warm and cosy? Then you might benefit from a matching heater to complement your all-black interior. Italian manufacturer Tubes Radioatori has designed an electric radiator with a special twist: the Origami works just like a folding screen that can be set up anywhere.
  • To top it all off, the luxury brand Villeroy & Boch even offers a shower toilet in glossy black. The ViClean-I100 model is a great option for anyone who’d like to give their bathroom an extravagant look.
The foldable heater of Tubes

Black interior in the kitchen: stylish and functional

Non-colour shades are in high demand for kitchen installations this year. Next to countertops in dark marble, granite, and concrete, you can opt for black cupboards, built-in appliances, faucets, and sinks.

  • For an upscale finish, we recommend combining opaque elements with shiny, sparkling details such as handles or faucets made from stainless steel.
  • You prefer a warm and homely ambience? Just balance out your black interior with soft earthy tones and natural materials.
  • If you are looking for a holistic monochrome concept, take a look at the new kitchen designs from the Danish manufacturer Reform: in collaboration with Jean Nouvel, a renowned French architect, the company offers modular countertops with a variety of colours and materials to choose from.
  • The model REFLECT is available in all black, featuring high-gloss fronts with vertical ridges and a Fenix laminate surface.

Monochrome reflective kitchen design by Reform
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Gira E2

Minimalist design for any interior style: Gira E2 switches stand out with their simple, yet sophisticated aesthetics.

Switches with smart functions and a timelessly elegant appeal: the Gira E2 design line. Source: Gira

Interior accessories: black-on-black is the new black-on-white

Lately, many well-known design classics have seen a comeback with a change of colour: black puts a modern spin on retro pieces, bringing out a sense of timeless elegance in contemporary homes.

  • The pendant luminaire Artichoke from Danish manufacturer Louis Poulsen creates an intriguing play of contrasts: black glossy panels are illuminated from within by the light bulbs placed at the centre.
  • As showcased by the Swedish company String Furniture, black-matt surfaces work particularly well with industrial-style interior.
  • If you’re looking for ways to turn plain walls into an eye-catcher, the QLOCKTWO 180 will definitely do the trick: its display spans 180 cm in height and width, with illuminated letters stating the current time against a black-matt background.
Black shelf on black wall with black decorative elements

Small accents make a big difference: switches and socket outlets in black

Oftentimes, it’s the minor details that can change the entire look and feel of a room. We usually see white switches and socket outlets everywhere – but have you ever thought about trying a different colour variant? Lovers of black interior can choose from a variety of options:

  • The Gira Studio design line stands out with its unique combination of round and edgy components.
  • If you like to keep it classic, the timeless appeal of Gira E2 switches in black matt will complement your style perfectly.
  • Looking for a switch with smart features? The Gira pushbutton sensor 4 allows you to control up to eight functions – and comes with a black matt or black glass covering.

Thanks to the modular concept of Gira System 55, you can freely mix and match the frame design of your choice with different inserts. Each component has the same uniform measurements of 55 x 55 mm, which allows you to combine more than 300 individual functions in your Smart Home.

Overview of the Gira switch variety +

Gira pushbutton sensor 4

Take control of your whole KNX system with one smart switch: 8 assignable buttons, adjustable LED lights, various designs.

Subtle or bold? Classic or smart? The Gira world of switches offers plenty of options. Source: Gira

From urban loft apartments to old country houses – all-black interior design can transform living spaces in various ways. The “non-colour“ proves to be all but boring.

Adding subtle details or covering entire walls, it always puts the interplay of form and function centre-stage. A truly timeless choice that will never go out of style.

How would you integrate black elements at home? Do you prefer soft accents or edgy statements? Let’s get creative in the comment section!

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