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Trend Alert: Black Metal

By Marica

For every action there is a reaction. I especially believe this is true in interior design and home décor trends. We often find that certain trends or fads are answers on, or extensions of, a previous trend or style movement.

Once the trend reaches the retailers’ shelves, a process that can take ages particularly in the slow-moving South Africa retail market, you know it’s hot.

Black Metal Is the Hottest New Interior Trend:

If you have been watching your Pinterest and Instagram feeds I’m sure you would have noticed a strong influx of black. It started as a trickling steam and now it is a raging torrent. We found the introduction of “black metal” especially interesting.

Bloesem Design Blog even included black metal into their 2016 décor trends round-up article: “5 Interior Trends to Get into This 2016”.

My inspirational boards are saturated with Industrial-styled black metal pipe tables, black hardware – like handles and hinges, black metal pendant lights, and of course, my absolute favourite – gorgeous black factory windows. I might even give factory windows a “Trend Alert” of its own…

Black Metal Is a Continuation of the Industrial Style:

This Black Metal décor trend can easily be an extension of the Industrial Style interior trend and an answer to the stark white of Scandi Minimalism.

Two years ago we sourced a stunning Industrial-styled black metal display cabinet for one of our client. At that stage, we haven’t seen anything like it before and we were absolutely in love with its uniqueness. It made for a powerful statement piece in our client’s dining room, the interior of which was featured in the April issue of Home Magazine. Little did we know then that black metal would become a thing.

The Use of Black Metal Accessories in Kitchens & Bathrooms:

From the examples we have seen, Black Metal seems to be most popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Black has even been described as “the hot new colour” for kitchens this season. Black fixtures, like faucets, are used all the more to create an attention-grabbing feature. That is if you are brave enough.

The black accents, often in a matte or satin finish, are dramatic and undeniably masculine. Black has always been chic and sophisticated. I find it incredibly sleek and sexy (yes, I just referred to an interior element as “sexy” – and no, it is not weird).

Colours to Pair with Black Metal:

We most frequently see interiors where black metal has been paired with white to create the ultimate dark vs. light contrast. However, I quite enjoy spaces that feature black metal elements with the addition of bright pops of colour like yellow, red or turquoise. The introduction of a warm textured wood or paired with a hot metal like copper or brass also creates beautiful contrast.

Turns out black is the new black…

Colour-Coded Inspiration – Black & White

By Marica

Today’s colour-coded inspiration contains two colours that separately have quite contradictory symbolisms and “feels”. Take black – it can be serious and conventional but it can also be elegant, sleek, and sophisticated (maybe even a bit sexy & mysterious). White is generally associated with purity, cleanliness, and innocence but it can also be stark and uninteresting.

White and black have the ability to compliment any colour (as they are neutral colours) and they are rarely used alone as the effect can be quite overpowering. Black can make an interior space appear to shrink in size and to much brilliant white can cause headaches.

Using black & white together creates a bold and sometimes an unwittingly masculine space. This colour duo can be loosely associated with a mid-century modern style of decorating (a style trend that is currently experiencing a revival) and also the more sleek and minimalist contemporary styles.

Feature Image via Emma’s Designblogg. From top left: Black Loofah Sphere Hanging Lamp – Weylandts / Jozi Shelf – Egg Designs / 3 x Scatter Cushions – Loads Of Living / Black & White Squares Scatter Cushion – @Home / Best Beaches Art – Quirky Me / Various Ceramic Vases with Rabbit, Bird & Protea Designs – Quirky Me / Circular Coffee Table – Tonic Design / Cow Hide Rug – Weylandts / Wingback Chair with Ottoman – Tom Dixon / Round Bamboo Placemat – @Home

Feature Image via Dear Lillie. From top left: Faux Fur Throw – @Home / White Ceramic Pot – Mr. Price Home / Black Doily Cushion – Weylandts / White Crochet Cushion – Woolworths / Black Ruffled Cushion – Weylandts / Black Spotted Cushion – Woolworths / Numbered Glass Bottles – Loads Of Living / Manuscript Rug – Nanimarquina / Lotus Candle Holder – Mr.Price Home / Velvet Ottoman – Weylandts / Ceramic Vessels – Woolworths / Chair – Chair Crazy / Plume Lamp – Spazio

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