The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt  ~ Sylvia Path

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing a series of tips and techniques that reflect a courageous approach to design.  The series, Is Your Space Too Safe, will explore five interior design options that require boldness.  The payoff? Unique, personality-filled interiors that dare to leave “safe” behind.  

Tip Two:  EMBRACE THE DARKNESS

Black is both on-trend and timeless. It draws the eye within a space and provides a striking contrast when paired with timber, stone and other finishes.  On its own, it evokes drama, minimalism, sophistication and elegance.  For an upscale look, it can be partnered with shades of white.  

Never before has there been such an abundance of black finishes and fixtures in the marketplace. Expect to see lots of black fittings and appliances for kitchens and bathrooms in 2020 and the years ahead. For exteriors, black will remain popular for windows, shingles and accents.  Some of my favourite ways to incorporate black include cabinet hardware, light fixtures, tiles, metal surfaces, millwork and upholstery.

Used sparingly, it will elevate your interior. On larger surfaces, such as walls and millwork, it can envelope a space with high drama and luxury.  Even pops of black can have a lot of impact, creating a bold and dynamic statement.  I urge you start with a few dark elements and, as you become more courageous, add a few more