Trend Watch: Black Is The New Black

We’re back again with another in our “Trend Watch” series of blog posts. We have spent so much of the last few weeks showing you why Gray is Here to Stay and how to use it in your own projects. While black may seem like a common color to accent your home with, it is about to begin to make some big waves in the Kitchen and Bath industry within the next 1-3 years. This means it is time for us to start getting comfortable with this more bold architectural accent color.  When we attended the Design Symposium hosted by our friends at Dura Supreme they informed us that using black as an accent color has begun popping up in the European markets and in high-end restaurant interiors. These are two key signs that it is an “emerging” trend and should begin to grow in interest very soon in our own industry.

black_flooringAt Village Home Stores we have a variety of products that each include options in a black finish. While a solid black carpet may not be a highly sought-after item, a combination of colors like this “Black and Tan” Mountain Range carpeting by DreamWeaver (above, left) is so popular we have began to stock it! Hardwoods and Luxury Vinyls are also embracing the Black trend and introducing options like the “Oak Black Pearl” finished flooring you see above on the right. No matter what your comfort level is with embracing a “trend” in your own space, we can help you decide what is perfect for your home.

black_and_white_check_floorAccenting your home interiors with black is not a new concept by any means. The look has been around and successfully executed for ages. Black and white as a pair are the perfect example of a “classic” style in a kitchen or bathroom. The contrast of a light finished or painted cabinet against a dark slab of stone is always a rich look. Accenting your space with black is all about contrast! Picture a cafe table in Paris, a claw-foot tub in a bed and breakfast, or two people seated on chrome stools sharing a milkshake….what are all those things sitting on? Chances are you pictures a black and white octagonal or checkered floor.

A Classic, Revived:

black_diamond_whirlpoolThe appliance industry has seen an added interest in black finishes within the past few years. Just last week we installed out newest front-load laundry set (pictured above) in Whirlpool’s new “Black Diamond” finish. In the kitchen not every customer is interested in the look of Stainless Steel or white. Black kitchen appliances have risen in popularity and gained a very dramatic look. Take a look at the 3 wall ovens shown below all including the same concept:

Wall_Oven_Quad_CitiesWhirlpool launched their “Black Ice” series (above, left) just a few years ago and has continued to add models to it. The newest launch of Maytag products (above, center) has included that same concept: a black finish with Stainless hardware and accents. Our newest product to the Village Appliance department, Viking (above, right) has a number of options in black and combination black finishes. KitchenAid has just announced their new “Black Stainless” finish as well. Shop all of our appliances over on our website or call today for an appointment to see these great options in person!

black_barstoolsA more cautious approach to including Black in your design is to add Black in areas that are less permanent. Like the barstools above, cabinet hardware, painted shelves or lighting are far less permanent of a commitment. For a short-term approach, try this “last layer or accent” look instead of an entire kitchen of Black cabinetry. We always recommend when you are assembling a design concept with a designer at Village Home Stores to think of your accent color as the “accessories” layer of an outfit.  What are the decorative elements that get added to surround the space? Lighting and hardware are two great examples of a more cautious location to add an accent in a Black finish. Lighting can be such a great element to a successful design. Take a look at these examples of a few lights available right now from our lighting department that each include another current trend, the “drum” shade:

black_drum_shadeQuite a range in styles represented but all include the same concept! Our lighting specialists can work with you to help you select the perfect light for your project. Another thing to note here is that Black marries really well with all kinds of metal finishes! Chrome and Stainless look amazing with it and another rising trend of Gold and Brass look incredible as well when paired with Black.

Be Bold With Black:

But if you want to get bold with Black as an accent Village Home Stores is on board to help you with that! It is no surprise that the look achieved with a black accent is dramatic. Our expert staff can help you create an entire design concept with a dramatic result. We have started a “Black Is The New Black” pin board over on our Pinterest page to help get you inspired along with us.

black_pinterest_kitchenLike we mentioned, Black as an accent has been a forecast trend expected to hit BIG in 1-3 years. Think of it as where the gray trend is evolving to include. But don’t count Gray out of the picture! We told you loud and clear it is here to stay. Do take note that Black, White, and Gray color palettes are an amazing direction to go! This combination works so well in kitchens and baths because of the blend of many materials included. A kitchen backsplash is another area that can be perfect surface to include Black as an accent color. Take a look at this series from our Jeffrey Court line:

black_tileEach of those tiles could be placed in a number of kitchen design concepts. Pair them with Stainless, Chrome, Dark Granite or an all white look. It all works.  No matter what your personal style or desired impact, there is a way to embrace this trend for your project with Village Home Stores. Call or click today to set up an appointment to get started. carpeting_quad_cities

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