Photo By: Design by GSA Architects; Photo by Nate Grant
Photo By: Jeff Herr Photography
Photo By: Amanda Kirkpatrick
Photo By: Hilton & Hyland, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Contemporary Kids Bedroom With Wood Bunk Beds
Toddler-size bunk beds are an excellent space-saving furniture option for children under the age of seven. Thinner and less wide than twin-size beds, toddler-size beds use up less space, thus allowing extra chairs or tables to fit into the room.
It's official: Plain Jane home offices are a thing of the past. This dedicated work space eschews the basic white background in favor of matte black walls, leather armchairs, a velvet sofa and a chic, geometric coffee table.
Black and Yellow Contemporary Kitchen and Dining Room
One of the goals in this kitchen makeover was increased storage. Designers achieved that by extending a row of cabinets into the dining area. The long island and cheery yellow barstools act as visual separation between the kitchen and living room.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinets ensure that the owners have plenty of storage options in this open-concept kitchen. The island comes with built-in shelves, too, so they even have a place for their favorite cookbooks.
The enigmatic image looms large over this contemporary urban dining room, creating a dramatic focal point on a dark accent wall. A modern glass-topped table and citrus-hued upholstered chairs are tucked beside window overlooking the city.
The rear facade of this Brooklyn townhouse is painted all-black, a bold decision that lends drama to the traditional structure. A bricked terrace adds to the home's livable space, while a tall fence provides privacy.
Bedroom With Black Walls, Fireplace, Vaulted Shiplap Ceiling
This bedroom features black walls as well as black built-in cabinetry and shelving. A large flat-screen television is mounted above the room's fireplace. The room also features a vaulted shiplap ceiling with an exposed beam that supports a Sputnik chandelier.
Transitional Dining Room With a Pair of Black Metal Cabinets
Natural light illuminates this transitional dining room, showing off a pair of black metal display cabinets with barware and interesting collectibles. Gray and white upholstered chairs are positioned around a light wood table, while wide plank hardwood floors finish the look of the space.
Enclosed stairs also serve as a rustic, cabin style playhouse with orange shutters and a laminate exterior made to look like reclaimed wood. Patterned wall-to-wall carpet unifies the space and adds a playful element that the kids won't outgrow.
This entirely unexpected modern cabin in Muscoda, Wisconsin is even more arresting for its striking black exterior. The vacation home is featured in Phaidon's tribute to the history and modern examples of black clad architecture, Black: Architecture in Monochrome.
Black isn’t only for interiors: It’s a bold, modern choice for exteriors of every style, too. “The black exterior allows this house to blend into its dark, forested surroundings while providing a bold contrast to the colorful foliage and bright interior,” say the architects at GSA Architects. “Painting the vertical tongue and groove siding a dark color helps hide the joints between boards, giving the siding a more homogenous and minimal look. Make sure to use a satin exterior paint to avoid accumulating too much dirt on the siding.”
Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs
This contemporary kitchen features a black grated wall, black door and cabinet, and shiny black countertop. The hanging lights mirror the grate design of the wall. The red and white bar chairs upholstered with asian-inspired fabric with nailhead trim add a vibrant contrast to the dark kitchen.
Glamorous Black Home Office With White Rug and Fur Chair
This black home office was originally an enclosed porch with no electricity or air conditioning. Picture frame molding was added to the walls, and pocket doors replaced the previous room's swinging doors. A fun pendant fixture from Terrain throws interesting patterns on the wall at night.
Rough-hewn wood and rich, dark walls turn this cozy corner reading nook into a showpiece. Wood beams reflect the character of the historic farmhouse, which underwent a top-to-bottom renovation that opened up the space and turned its formerly small, dark rooms into a livable and family-friendly country home.