Interior Design Meets Fashion: Little Black Window Dressings

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

It used to be that most people, including a lot of interior designers, would look at you as if you had lost your mind if you were to mention that you were considering installing black curtains or for that matter, any other kind of black window dressings. Of course, trends change in the world of interior design and what was unthinkable not very long ago has now become fashionable among the same people who would have dismissed the idea out of hand.

Black and other dark colours are now considered chic for curtains, blinds and other types of window dressings – in other words, if you want to give your home a stylish and contemporary look, it's probably time to consider your colour scheme to something a little more sombre to give lime green curtains and wooden blinds a new lease of life.

Basic black is definitely 'in-vogue' as of late and it looks like it will stay in fashion both on the catwalk and within interior design for some time to come. Black window dressings offer a modern look, especially when paired with a monochromatic décor in the rooms where they are installed. However, you don't have to have your home decorated in an ultramodern or futuristic style in order for black blinds, curtains or shutters to look great.

Surprisingly enough, these dark colours fit in well almost anywhere, unless you're going for a brightly coloured 1970s look – and even then, a little black can help balance out more colourful decorating schemes. Another way to use black window dressings while still keeping things a little more colourful in your home is to use them for contrast.

For instance, you can use black window blinds along with brighter curtains. Alternately, you could choose black shutters, curtains or blinds to offset boldly coloured accent walls or, if you have very high ceilings, to make these spaces seem just a little warmer and more intimate as the dark colour will make the ceiling appear lower.

The takeaway here is that just as in the world of fashion, black is an incredibly versatile colour in the world of interior design as well. No woman's wardrobe is complete without the perfect little black dress – and similarly, your home's décor will come together when you invest in some well designed little black window dressings.

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