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5 Best Black Paint Colors for Interiors

The best black paint colors for interiors range in shade and tone from the crisp black of Sherwin Williams’ Tricorn black to Benjamin Moore’s Blue Notes with undertones of blue.   There is a shade of black paint to suit every interior color palette, transforming your space into a dramatic setting.

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Sherwin Williams – SW 6258 – Tricorn Black

 

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Sherwin Williams – SW6992 Inkwell

 

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Sherwin Williams – SW6990 Caviar

A hint of red in Sherwin Williams’ Caviar results in a slightly warmer shade of black.

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Benjamin Moore – 2130-30 Almost Black

Benjamin Moore’s Almost Black is softer with a slight green undertone. While it may look more gray on a paint chip, it will still read as a black on your walls.

 

 

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Benjamin Moore – 2129-30 Blue Note

 

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Interior Designer Do’s and Don’ts

Interior Designer Dos and Donts

DON’T double dip your fabrics.   By double dipping I mean don’t use the same fabric twice.  If you’ve already used that        cool geometric for your master window treatments, don’t repeat it as a throw pillow or a bedskirt.  Is it going to look horrible if   you do that?  No, of course not.   But it’s those tiny details that set the designer and the decorator apart.

DO use coordinating fabrics.   Instead of re-using that cool geometric in your window treatments, find fabrics that compliment and coordinate for pillows, bedskirts, etc. A large geometric can pair with a solid, a smaller scale print, or a great textured fabric. Those layers of fabrics add depth to a space and they show just how much thought you put into the fine point

DON’T be afraid to mix gold and silver.  Isolating one specific metal finish went out the window with banning white after labor day.  I like the depth      and the visual interest that occurs when you can blend the two metallics.

DON’T short yourself on accessories.  I can’t say this enough.  The biggest mistake I see clients make is cutting the accessory budget short.  A room full of wonderful furniture will look bare-boned, incomplete and mucho unfriendly.  Interior design is in the details.

DO trust your interior designer to accessorize.  The other big mistake I see clients make is in thinking they can save money by accessorizing on their own.  In the end, the accessories are often too small and too few and have no connection to the design intent of the space.  Yes accessorizing can be expensive.  But not as expensive as trying to do it yourself only to have to pay someone to re-do it for you later.   I’m a fan of spending my money once and getting it right the first time.

DON”T over analyze individual accessory items.  While I’m on a roll with accessories, let me also point out that you will only make yourself crazy if you over analyze each individual accessory item.   A designer spends a considerable amount of time assessing the overall space and how each accessory, it’s placement, size, finish, and shape will enhance the design.  In one instance I placed a lovely silver metal vase with a textured finish in an area of a client’s home where it would receive light from a directional fixture.  The light would enhance the texture, creating something visually quite interesting.  In the end the client was insistent that the texture just wasn’t “them” and I had to replace the vase with something similar in a smooth finish.  The end result was not only lackluster, but the smooth finish shows every fingerprint.  Sometimes it’s nice to introduce something outside your comfort zone to add some interest and conversation.

DO embrace the animal in you.  A taste of an animal print, a pair of shed or faux antlers, an oversized ceramic dog, or better yet, a modern chair or table with an animal leg.   Even if you’re working in a highly contemporary space, the introduction of the animal form will add intrigue.   Let’s not over do it.   A hint or even a subtle theme is nice but please don’t cover all of your upholstery in leopard print AND every table surface with a ceramic pig.

DO think organic.  Introducing something of nature is like warm cocoa on a cold rainy day.   I love using a modern side table with a petrified wood top or a tree trunk table in almost any style interior.

DO visit the dark side.   Black is a must in every space to create depth and perspective.  And it can be  achieved with something as simple as a throw pillow, black frames on artwork, or ebony legs on your dining chairs.

DO use oversized accessories.   Large accessories in focal areas will have a much greater impact than a collection of small items.   For instance,  a 42″ diameter mirror above and a 40″ sculpture or vase atop a buffet or sideboard on a blank wall will attract attention and will appear clean and elegant.   The same buffet covered with small items can look messy, disproportionate or even get lost if not done extremely well.

 

 

 

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12 Modern Desk Lamps

My IPad is permanently set on gargantuan text with blazing backlighting that would blind a 30-year-old, so task lighting is my best friend.   It’s important for all of us to maintain those baby blues, but at my age, without it, I may try to sign a check with a fork.    With the shift toward sleek, modern work areas leading the way in the office environment there are now so many great options for desktop task lighting that has an architectural bend, clean white LED illumination, and USB power options.

Here are 12 modern desk lamps that range in price that will allow any budget to find the perfect solution.

Please contact me at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com for designer pricing, purchasing and lead time!

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Taj Lamp by Kartell

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Poppin Limber USB Desk Lamp by The Container Store

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Reading room LED Flat Head Desk Lamp by George Kovaks

 

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Luce Desk Lamp by By Design

 

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Pixo Optical Desk Lamp from Design Within Reach

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Lim C Desk Lamp by Design Within Reach

 

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12 Modern Desk Lamps

Riggad Desk Lamp by Ikea

 

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Harte Desk Lamp by Ikea

 

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Bond Desk Lamp by Arteriors

 

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Rio Desk Lamp by Arteriors

 

 

12 Modern Desk Lamps

Z Bar LED Desk Lamp

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One Fabric, Three Looks

The title of this post is pretty straight forward.  One Fabric, three looks means I’m basically going to share with you a secret to the way a designer sees fabric and how you can use the same fabric in different style formats.  This is a powerful and somewhat dangerous tool so let’s be perfectly clear on a couple of crucial points.

First, not ALL fabrics can be used in multiple applications.   This, for instance is not appropriate for your living room.  Honestly, it really isn’t appropriate for a child’s room.  Kids hate clowns parents.  This fabric is where Carol Ayaann’s Poltergest lives.  You want that on your conscience?  TV all eatin your kid up?  

Second, not ALL fabrics should be used at all……anywhere……as evidenced below.   Let’s start top left moving clockwise.  If you haven’t seen “Weird Science”  and you don’t speak emoji, let me enlighten you.   The fabric on the left is a a series of turds resting on a pretty pink background while stars dance between them.  I don’t care how hard you try, you can’t dress up a turd.  Next we have…..what?  Cats maybe?  Playing fiddles and tambourines?   Gummy worms in any form are nasty.  And finally, the piece de resistance.  Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes.  Because throughout history the mushroom has been iconic in the fashion industry.

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Let’s wash our eyeballs with lye soap and move on.

The first thing you have to keep in mind that your interior designer spends a lot of time researching new products and new trends so he or she is the best source for What’s In, What’s On It’s Way In, What’s Out, and What’s On It’s Way Out.   This is important because you don’t want to drop a lot of cash on redesigning your home only to find out that it’s a quickly fading fad, or a trend that is on it’s way out because it’s been done SO many times.   So in a lot of cases a designer may introduce a fabric or product that you “would never have picked” yourself because it has a wide range of applications and looks that you perhaps haven’t considered.

The fabric we’re using to illustrate is a chevron stripe with an Ikat-style print in some bright, playful colors.    But look closely at how it can be used quite successfully in these three interior styles.

In the first example, Tailored Elegance,  the gray background of the fabric is the basis.   It is paired with solid silk, a textured man’s suit fabric and a tasteful small geographic.   So the space seems understated and sophisticated while the chevron stripe becomes that hint of color, adding depth and interest.

One Fabric, Three Looks

 

Using the same fabric, Modern Magic plays up the geometrics and the green tones to create a mid-century modern design.

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And if you love color,  have fun with it.  This fabric has some great shades of blue, yellow and green that can be pumped up for that Playful Glamour style that loves bright colors, sparkle and shine.

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