I am not a witch (at least not most of the time), but I do believe in black magic. No, not the black hat and broomstick kind of magic. I am speaking of the magic of the color black. As women, we all know that the “Little Black Dress” has magical properties. It makes us feel slimmer, sexier, and more confident. Black is always elegant, and it’s an undisputed power color. And black accents can have a similar magical effect on home decor.
As you know if you read this blog, we recently refinished our hardwood floors. After staining the floors a dark rich mahogany, the light oak banister now stood out like a sore thumb. We looked into having the banister stripped and stained to match the floors, but the price was crazy high. I did some research online and discovered that many people were using a product called gel stain by General Finishes. This product allows you to stain over existing wood without having to strip it. All that is required is a light sanding to take the shine off the polyurethane. I could have used a gel stain that matched the floor, but I decided to use an ebony stain that would tie in with the other black elements in my decor. The product is easy to use, but I warn you that the fumes are extremely noxious. It is best to use it on a day when you can open your windows.
Black is a strong color, and because of that, it is important to use it multiple times throughout your home to create balance. We have a black lacquered baby grand piano that is such a large dark element that if I didn’t use black elsewhere in my interior design, it would draw they eye like a great black hole.
Admittedly, I use quite a bit of black in my interior design because I enjoy the strong contrast of the color against the white and pale yellow of my walls and cabinets. But, even in a lighter more monochromatic color scheme, I have found that little touches of black can serve to ground the space and add punch to an otherwise neutral decor–no witchcraft required.
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