Here you will find ruminations on the art, design, and the science of interiors, and where I find some of my inspiration.
Why are we seeing so many darkrooms in design today and Why Black is so Beautiful!
You might assume that we are seeing more black and dark rooms in interior design these days because we are living in very difficult times, but I think there is more to it. Climate change is on everyone's mind, but I don't believe black rooms are simply a reflection of the fear of global self-destruction but are also a reflection on finally acknowledging the light at the end of the tunnel that we have to head towards. We are designers and artists, after all; trying to interpret the beauty, we see around us, not the ugliness of death and decay. Even in the most culturally stigmatized color of Black, there is a rare beauty that inspires the reflection and attention to our world that we need right now. So, I have been doing some thinking about the color Black.
" Black items in a room are like periods at the end of sentences. They distinguish one visual experience from another giving your eyes a place to rest between them." -Angela Conte
Bright colors in a dark room create more contrast and force us to really see and notice them without getting bored or blinded by their brightness.
Black and dark backgrounds can create depth and character to a simple vignette and small spaces, adding opportunities for multiple exciting views throughout a room.
It gives shape to space and creates texture in bold new ways. Without the color black, we wouldn't have shadows either, and shadows create the distinction between objects in a room creating new places for the eye and mind to travel. Black items in a room are like periods at the end of sentences. They distinguish one visual experience from another giving your eyes a place to rest between them.
What black does is present us with multiple views of the world which keeps it powerfully exciting. Without the most neutral of colors Black, we would merely have blurs of overlapping multi-colors or monochromatic blindness. Black is everywhere all the time, but we don't always observe it; and right now, designers are demanding we pay attention to the world more by using it.