Embrace the dark side this season
7 New Ways to Go Dark in Your Decor

Our vote for makeover hue of the moment: matte black. The bold design choice is also surprisingly versatile, finding a range of expression in elements from furniture to faucets.

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1. Stone

The Keystone tile collection from Waterworks brings drama to the kitchen.

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2. Paint

“Black can be classic, modern, and edgy all at once,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. For a fresh spin on the dark and moody trend, she suggests Caviar (SW 6990), a sophisticated hue with subtle softness, or Tricorn Black (SW 6258), the brand’s most popular color in the category. “When paired with a matte finish,” says Wadden, “the effect is stunning.”

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3. Wallpaper

Hygge & West’s two-tone play on a Southwestern textile makes a memorable statement in an entry hall.

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4. Tabletop

Black flatware is impossibly chic when paired with traditional china.

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5. Fixtures

  • Purist single-hole sink faucet with 6-in. spout in matte black, $639

This refined hardware is a one-stop solution for the small-space minimalist.

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6. Appliances

With design-world golden boy Nate Berkus as artistic advisor, LG Studio’s Black Stainless Steel Series combines functionality with a healthy dose of glamour. Case in point: the Insta-View door-in-door refrigerator ($4,299), shown here, features a glass panel that illuminates its contents like a department-store display case, and the slide-in gas range ($3,199), whose oven interior is enameled in a brilliant blue worthy of Yves Klein.

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7. Furniture

Black rattan helps smooth the transition between late summer and early fall.