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Incorporating Black into Staging & Design

Black has always been a good building block for interior design and the same holds true when it comes to staging.  Black helps to ground the space, provide dimension in a room and adds a touch of elegance.   I most often incorporate black into my staging projects via:

  • pillows

  • mirrors

  • clocks

  • prints (black frames and images)

  • lampshades

  • baskets

  • vases

Most homes now have black flat screen TVs (in at least one room) so using black accent pieces to balance the TV out works well.  The same goes for fireplaces which are most often black (and a strong focal point).  Bottom line is that you can never go wrong with adding in some black!  Here are a few of the black accents that I have used in staging:

When designing for living, there are so many ways to use black:

  • sinks, faucets

  • lighting

  • accent walls in any room

  • windows and doors

  • rugs

  • furniture (large or small pieces)

  • curtains and curtain rods

  • backsplashes

  • and so much more ...

Black sofas can be difficult (sofas are big and heavy looking to begin with so a black one has the potential to really drag a room down).  Here are some general design pics with black that I found online:




Splash of Colour

Painting is usually the most obvious way to introduce a splash of colour into a room; however, there are many other ways to create that 'wow' feeling (without as much work)!  Here are a few ideas:

  1. Artwork - carefully placed pieces will add to any room and provide a reference point to creating a cohesive look
  2. Area rugs - so many beautiful colours and patterns to choose from - use on top of hardwood or carpeting to make the room pop
  3. Flowers - always a great choice when you need just a touch and you can never go wrong
  4. Pillows & Throws - practical and stylish - choose a variety of colours, patterns, prints that will help cheer up your space
  5. Furniture - small or large coloured pieces can make a big impact - accent pieces can be painted to bring in colour - the fabric options are limitless
  6. Accessories - so many to choose from ... lampshades, vases, picture frames, candles and more - strategically placed they can infuse colour in unique ways