Our Obsession with Black House Interior Design

All-black interiors are trending, and it’s not what you think. Challenging, thought-provoking, and going against everything you’ve ever been told about interior design, it’s an uncomfortable shift to the dark side… But contrary to your creative instincts, this shadowy storyline is all about light. You just have to know how to use it to your advantage. Because get it wrong, and you could have a nicely decorated dungeon to show for it. Get it right and you’ll have the chicest home in the neighbourhood!

For those who are easily trapped by pigeonholes, we reject the idea that black interiors = gothic. In fact, there are Pinterest boards galore to prove that theory wrong. While there’s a deep history rooted in gothic art and architecture, black house interior design in 2021 is cleaner, more uplifting and much more modern. Black wallpaper is a great way to create an instant contemporary look in your home and the trend is spreading like wildfire on social media.

Not sure how to make black décor work for you? Here’s some advice for delving into this latest interior obsession.

 

Know that there are many shades of black…

grey and black concrete effect wallpaper with green and silver room accessories

Mural in photo: Blackened by Time

There’s no doubt

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Breaking down our obsession with home renovation TV

When This Old House started airing on PBS in 1979, it unknowingly gave birth to a monster. A pretty monster, with open-concept sight lines and teeth like subway tiles, but a monster all the same. The show, which was first hosted by Bob Vila, drew back the curtain on home construction, design, and financing, giving viewers a sense that, though Vila and his crew were professionals, if they just watched enough home renovation on television, maybe they could learn to do the dang thing themselves.

Fast forward 41 years, and we not only have entire networks devoted to all things home buying, home renovating, and gracious living, but bonafide stars in the DIY TV space, like Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott and Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines. (According to some sources, the Scott brothers are together worth a reported $250 million and counting.) Those stars also have furniture and rug lines, eponymous magazines, and even, in the Gaines’ case, a new TV network all their own.

Undoubtedly, the current television hub of all things home renovation is HGTV, which started with a $25 million budget in 1993 and was bought by

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