Not-so-basic Black

While we make every effort to embrace color, when it comes to making a statement, we always gravitate toward black. Strong, sophisticated, and effortlessly chic, whether used in large or small doses, it always stands out—and adds a wonderful sense of drama. This idea is beautifully illustrated by the stunning black doors on the above project by Fort Worth’s Walton & Walton, which practically demand that those passing through make a grand entrance.

The portfolio of Atlanta-based Robert Brown Interior Design is practically a study on how to beautifully incorporate black accents. We love how the black screen with nailhead detailing provides the perfect backdrop for the Gustavian clock, taking a piece that would already draw the eye and making it utterly unmissable.

New Orleans-based designer Melissa Miles Rufty is a master at making a statement; whether punctuating a more neutral scene with a shiny black vessel or situating a lacquer brass console against malachite print wallpaper, color, texture, and pattern converge in her designs in a way that always leaves us feeling inspired.

How lovely is this outdoor space by Atlanta’s McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors? The cool, soothing creams and greens are gorgeously set off by the dramatic light fixture and sleek black chairs, creating a scene that is serene and oh so sophisticated.


Of course our affection for black accents extends to fashion. Tom Ford’s “Christophe” sunglasses, available from Monkee’s of Raleigh, are classics; fringe and polished accents make the Chloe “Paraty” bag, available from Austin’s By George, anything but basic; and the black seed Doble bracelet available from Charlottesville’s Mi Ossa is delicate, multidimensional, and so versatile.

This image from Mission Stone & Tile’s Instagram stopped us in our tracks. Styled and shot by the talented Alyssa Rosenheck in their Nashville showroom, their textured black-and-white subway tile is absolutely stunning.

Yet again, Melissa Rufty of MMR Interiors shows how black lacquer and brass accents go hand in hand (especially when paired with a luxe blush fabric).

We simply cannot get over this entryway by Walton & Walton. What better way to welcome someone than with a marble floor bearing a black-and-white geometric pattern?

There is a wonderful lightness to the black-walled dining room in Westbrook Interiors’s Ascot Manor project. The way that light reflects off of the finish, the cream upholstery, the blond wood, and the colorful art make it a wonderfully dynamic and beautifully balanced space.

We’ll acknowledge that the TSG Editorial team’s feelings about jumpsuits are mixed, but we all agree that the Esby Montauk Point Jumper, available from Sunroom’s Austin, is worth a try. Black linen and featuring a flattering v-neck and cinched waist, it just might be the perfect piece for summer. Also somewhat avant-garde is the Rag & Bone cropped top, available from Denver’s A Line Boutique; we love the modern cut, pattern, and palette. Speaking of swoon-worthy palettes, Westbrook Interiors’s Argonne project, which features the most gorgeous black velvet chairs, is a lovely mix of neutrals.

Sometimes there is just nothing better than a bookcase…especially when it’s painted black. This space by Robert Brown Interior Design is sleek, cohesive, and beautifully collected.

A jet-black accent with serious style: the above Verner Panto Styled “S” Chair. Available as a set of 8 from The Curious Orange Store in Charlottesville, these 1960s beauties will add a serious dose of attitude to the dining room.