torsdag 14 november 2013

How to furnish a black room

So this is how our livingroom lookes like after the Halloween craze. The black paperboards are removed from ceiling and floor and thousands of staples are pulled out, after that, I refurnished the room. 
Our living room is very small (because we turned the real one to our bedroom) and contains the fire place, a tv and the sofa, thats all.
 If you want to paint a room black, I think you should chose a small room, because black is a colour that creeps close to you. A large room would look quite small, while a small room feels a little more cosier, like a hideout. 
 If you want to have lots of black details and decorations, you might consider not to paint the walls black, because black decorations will not be visible as you can se on the photo below. 
My lovely black, victorian piedestal were changed to a white more modern dito. When I put the jar with the mossy twigs and black decorations, I noticed that the decorations disappeared in the wall.
The same thing is with black picture frames, they will disappear. I moved pictures with golden frames to this room and it looked great. To balance the golden frames, I changed the chandeliers in the room from mercury glass to brass. I only had three though so I need to buy more of them.

The white cover on the sofa, the white table and the white ceiling, makes the room a bit brighter and it is easier to orientate in.
 I can assure you that a completely black room is difficult to walk in, you will feel disoriented and the determination of distance is disturbed.
 When I had painted the room and then started to cover the walls with black paperboard, I got more and more disoriented. When I had covered the fireplace in paper, I had to look for my stapelgun all the time, it kind of disappeared.
A profit with the black walls is that my grandfathers Art deco lamp suddenly got visible. The lamp with the soft yellow glass plates disappeared in the light yellow room.
This is the short wall between the doors were the tv stands. I use an antique washing bench with marble top as a table and bench for the tv. The black speakers looks a little more discrete with the black walls as well.
I have chosen to use glow lites above the tv, because it felt risky everytime i was going to blow out the candles.
What I have to do next with this room, is a new sofa in old style or an antique sofa that is comfortable to sit/lay in and remove the carpet and hopefully find a wood floor underneath to paint grey.
I was very sceptic about painting the room black. But as paint is cheap and easy, I gave it a try. It went better than I thought, even my mother likes it. 

25 kommentarer:

  1. I want a black ceiling. It works on rides at Disneyland to make the room seem cavernous.......

    SvaraRadera
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    1. That's an interesting point. I our ceiling were a bit higher that would definitely have been an option in one of the rooms.

      Radera
  2. It looks great! I had a flatmate who also painted his whole room black (including the ceiling) which made a nice man cave. But as he only had black furniture as well, everyone bumped into all kinds of things there!

    Your living room looks much more mature and stylish, I'd move in in a second!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I was apparently wrong with the disorientation bit ;)

      Radera
  3. What a lovely room <3 I love the way you made black walls work with a white ceiling, it looks so decadently beautiful <3

    SvaraRadera
  4. Det ser jättemysigt ut :D vi hade svart datarum på förra stället vi bodde, det var perfekt i det rummet eftersom vi ändå bara hade våra datorer och sånt där.

    Smart att ha tyg på soffan, vi har så ful soffa men vill inte köpa ny heller direkt eftersom den är så praktisk och bekväm så jag ska nog leta efter nåt stort tyg!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Jag tog ett stort överkast, men "vissa" sitter och hasar på rumpan så att det korvar ihop sig nere på golvet. Jag har varit hos ett par som hade matsalen målad i en färg som var så nära svart man kan komma, det var någon sorts svart-brun-röd färg, det var supersnyggt.

      Radera
  5. Det här är rent ut sagt för jävla snyggt! Jag måste ta en redig funderare nu, för jag har velat måla om övervåningen jättelänge - och det är precis den här känslan jag är ute efter.

    SvaraRadera
  6. Jag gillar verkligen de svarta väggarna, jättefint! Och guld & mässing passar så himla fint till svart. Älskar den lilla hyllan ovanför TV:n med Madonnan på...hoppas på att jag snart hittar det där radbandet jag lovade dig, det hade passat fint på Madonnan..! : )
    KRAM/Jenny

    SvaraRadera
  7. There's something extremely sophisticated and comfortable about a dark room. I'm finding that my red bedroom has some of the same qualities you are describing. It's like a little hideout, but a comfortable one.

    Beautiful! Simply stunning.

    SvaraRadera
  8. I love your living room! Very much my kind of room, except you have been restrained with the accessorizing and so achieve a sophisticated look I would have never managed!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I think restraining accessories can come with age. I don't like clutter but I don't like extremely clean spaces either.

      Radera
  9. Fabuslous! I guess, all the darker or vivid colors have the same, diminutive effect on a room, I used to have orange walls, which also made my room a lot smaller, than it actually was. Apprantly, I didn't mind it because I liked how cozy it was with all the warmth of the color, but indeed, bright furniture can poise it a bit. A friend of mine painted her walls black and her furniture red with black details like handles and knobs; I believe it would have looked a lot better the other way, but anyway...she also bumps into something with every step. :)

    SvaraRadera
  10. I really love all of the gold against the black walls, it gives quite and old fashioned romantic feel to it. Lovely :)

    SvaraRadera
  11. It looks fantastic, I love a combination of black and white, I have been thinking a lot about my future home decor recently, I can't wait to start decorating, there will definitely be a lot of black and white accents!

    SvaraRadera
  12. WOW!!! What a beautiful living room. Very bold to paint the walls black but they came out pretty great! And those old frames give a wonderful vintage touch in the theme!! <3 Beautiful!

    SvaraRadera
  13. I love it, and you did a beautiful job!! I wish I could do that with my private room, but we rent an apartment with off-white walls, and I don't think they would like me to paint a room black!!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Off white is a very nice backround to black decorations :)

      Radera
  14. Very nice! :D I love the white-on-black look.

    SvaraRadera
  15. I love it! I especially like the texture of the paper. And that little shelf with the flowers above the TV - so pretty! :o)

    That's the trouble with antique sofas - they're usually very pretty to look at, but not all that comfortable to lay on. I guess people never flopped down on their couches to watch TV back in the day! :P

    SvaraRadera
  16. This room looks lovely! I think the gold and white make the room very stylish looking.

    SvaraRadera
  17. Måste komma och kolla live :) Ser bra ut!

    SvaraRadera
  18. I like! :) Jättemysigt rum! Jag har börjat samla på mig ramar och tavlor i guld och silver, det passar så bra till mörka väggar.

    SvaraRadera
  19. Gorgeous decorating! You make a very good point about black accessories disappearing against a black wall. All the white looks lovely against a dark background.

    SvaraRadera