Noir Design - How to Embrace the Dark Side
Like the noir films of the 1940’s, there’s something enticing about the drama of a dark interior. Bold black details, sweeping curtains, and lavish chandeliers are the start of it, and with a modern twist, Noir Interiors can be both memorable and highly livable. The great thing is that you can add as much or as little drama as you want. Either way, there will be an impact – with or without black. Read our guide to bringing the drama and embracing your dark side.
1. Embrace Darker Wood Details
Add deep, dark and moody wood tones to your space to create depth. From a black credenza with matching black bookshelf or door frames, make sure you add the same color in different areas of a space to make it feel cohesive and intentional.
2. Add luxurious colors
Incorporate deep saturated jewel tones for a luxurious feeling. Dramatic emerald, sapphire, ruby and citrine applied with luxury velvet or jacquard textiles will always create a statement in fall and winter design. Go all in on the trend with saturated velvet drapes, duvets or accent chairs.
3. Don’t forget to lighten up
While a noir interior brings a stylish feeling to a room, remember to make it liveable! Add lamps to make sure you’re not sitting in the dark. Try a stylish black metal or deep-toned table lamps, or install some low hanging wall sconces. A tip, the higher the light source, the brighter the room, so if you’re looking for a moodily lit space, keep them low!
4. Keep it Classy
To avoid your dark and moody space looking like Dracula’s Castle, incorporate modern and livable aspects to your space. Using metallic touches helps move your space into the modern world while still retaining opulence. Try silver tones and stainless steel for a slick look, or brass and gold if you want your space to feel more luxurious.
5. It doesn’t have to be all Black!
If the thought of an all black room is too much for you, keep your walls white and bring in elements of Noir through your furniture, drapes, and accessories. White walls help keep a modern feeling, and combined with the dark elements make for an ultra chic space.