Trendspotters: Black Accents

Trendspotters: Black Accents

Welcome to Trendspotters. A round-up of interiors inspiration on a given theme, by your friends at White Black Grey. Oh, and spoiler alert: modern, minimal and monochrome are the order of the day, so no bright colours here #sorrynotsorry.  


Large white kitchen-living space. Text reads "Trendspotters: Black Accents"

This edition, our theme is Black Accents, inspired by the dreamy open-plan living space above by Tiina at Design Wash.

Layer up light neutral colours for your background palette and add pops of black for a dramatic contrast. Black might not seem like an obvious accent colour, but done right, it's a delightfully bold look. Here are some inspo images if you fancy bringing this statement look to your own home. 

One of my favourite rooms for this look, is the bathroom. Who doesn't love a black tap?? Absolute champions of the boldly minimal monochrome bathroom, are Nichba Design:

Monochrome bathroom with double shower and black features

Or go for a slightly more subtle look, like this bathroom by Planned Living Architects:

Minimal shower room with kitkat tiles, a free-standing bath and black features
Image via Homes to Love, Australia

And here's one more beautifully black-accented bathroom for you. I love the oversized herringbone floor too:

Modern black and white bathroom with floating sink unit

Nir Am House, Israel (via posted by Shir Shtaigman. Photographer: Itay Benit.  

Dining chairs are another fab option for a pop of black in a neutral space. Check out this light and bright kitchen from Nordiskakok.

Taupe kitchen with black dining chairs

Styling: @sundlingkicken ⁣. Photo: @cimek

I suppose we might count a big black wall as slightly more than an 'accent', but I love the vibe of this kitchen. Great use of a small space too. 

Small white kitchen, with black wall and black stools, wooden breakfast bar

Architect: Ewa Czerny, 3XA / Photo: S.Zajaczkowski 

Check out this space... Loving the way that the black draws your eye outside and so connects the interior and exterior. So clever! 

Kitchen with huge doors open to modern garden with black walls and wood cladding

Found via Anneli Bush. Do contact us for credit if this is your work!

If you're feeling very brave, consider using black for a longer term architectural feature such as window frames... 

Statement window that goes up into a skylight over a large armchair

via Loudor Design Studios.

Modern kitchen with high ceilings and black framed window above

via The Palm Co.

Or something unusual like the staircase...

Staircase with painted black treads, child running up and disappearing around corner at top of stairs  via 600sqft

 Here's our last image for this inspo round-up, via the inimitable House of Grey. There's so many things to adore about this space (a masterclass in interior design!) but I really rate the use of black here.

Beautiful black and grey interior with period and modern features
 Photography by Rory Gardiner.

If you're not quite ready for a full renovation job right now, check out my favourite black products from our shop... add a pop of black in a very affordable way!


Black rubber stationery pot with scissors and pencils, on top of a small pile of design magazines


 Scented candle in black ceramic pot next to packaging (black with copper foil)

 Typographic print "Nothing to See Here" white on black background. On a white sideboard next to a large plant in turquoise pot

London Brick black candle sitting on packaging box

Two tone black ceramic mug

Reed diffuser in ceramic tear-drop vase next to packaging box (black with copper foil)

Large square rubber tray with flower vase, tea mug, mini chocolate bar and cloth

Black bar soap

Oval trinket tray in black marbled design on a grey linen tablecloth. On the tray - a pot of moisturiser and 2 rings

Have you used Black Accents in your home? We'd love to see it! Drop us a line with your pics, if you like :)  

All image credits as listed in the article. 

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