Black furniture is no longer just for bachelors anymore. If you pick up an issue of your favorite decorating magazine, you are almost guaranteed to see black furniture featured in several different rooms of the home. However, many people are still worried about using black furniture in their dining room, for fear of it looking too cave-like. If you complement your black dining room furniture with a few key things, you can create an elegant look that is appealing to almost any appetite.
Paint the Walls
Contrast is key to decorating your dining room with black furniture and your walls are no exception. Avoid dark colors that your black furniture will blend into. Instead try green, red, blue or tan as a color for your walls. These colors will create a backdrop for your black furniture that will allow them to stand out. Not to mention that painting your walls is a inexpensive way to bring color to your dinning room.
Choose Light Flooring
Just as you did with the walls, you want your flooring to contrast your furniture. If you can afford to do so, install a light to medium tone laminate or hardwood flooring. However, if you are looking for a more cost-efficient option, use the all important dining room rug to create the same effect. Choose a rug that is lighter in color but not necessarily all one color. You can still enjoy a patterned rug, so long as the overall color of the rug creates a nice contrast to your furniture.
A great way to break up an all black dining room set is to add seat cushions or recover existing ones. Choose a cushion color in the same family as the color you have on your walls or choose a light neutral color. This will define the seats of your dining room chairs and spread more color around the room.
If you have a black hutch, bakers rack or buffet, contrast the dark color with colorful dishes. If you do not want to have to go out and by an all new set, simply choose a few new pieces that you can mix in with what you already have. Look at the color of your existing dishes and find another color that will go well. Then display those few dishes alongside your others to create a pop of color.
When it comes to artwork for your dining room wall, look for a painting that has mostly neutral colors, while having hits of your main accent color. This will help keep your color theme throughout your room without being overkill. Then, have the artwork framed in black to bring the furniture color to the wall. Doing so will help drive home your color scheme and make your black dining room furniture stand out even more.
Using these decorating ideas, you will be able to have the drama of black dining room furniture without having to worry about it feeling too dark. So why not bring that beautiful black furniture into such an important room in your home? Pull out that paint, get a rug and some accessories and create a stunning looking dining room.