Perhaps the two hues that have most battled for supremacy in residential design, black and white seem to take turns pushing each other off the throne, though sometimes they deign to share it. Residential products and materials, naturally, follow suit to keep up in the color wars. In recent years, we’ve been witnessing black recapturing the lead in residential products, from exterior cladding and interior finishes to appliances and bath fittings. So if you’re in the midst of designing your own black beauty, now’s a good time to shop products and materials for your project. To help you get started, we present 18 ideas.
Benjamin Moore: Aura Exterior Paint
Aura Exterior Paint offers superior fade and deterioration resistance to ensure whatever bold hue you select — including the shown Onyx in flat finish — will be long-lasting. It’s also resistant to mildew, cracking, peeling, blistering and dirt.
Bertazzoni: Professional Series
Professional-style cooking ranges don’t always come in standard stainless steel. Case in point: Bertazzoni’s 30-inch-wide, four-induction-zone range with an electric self-cleaning oven boasts a black finish for the oven front. The larger 36- and 48-inch models are also offered in black. A matching backsplash and range hood are available.
Bette: Bettelux Shape
Designed by Tesseraux + Partner, this gorgeous series of freestanding bathtubs and washbasins sport a linear box-frame structure that can be specified in the same color or with a contrasting one from the body. The enameled steel frame comes in six hues including, of course, black. Coordinating mirrors and storage shelves are also available.
Bisazza Bagno: Hayon Collection
Although known for more whimsical product designs — like monkey side tables — Jaime Hayon waxes sophisticated for his eponymous bath collection. The tubs, consoles, basins and bath furniture sport feminine curves and legs inspired by 1930s-era styling. Can’t decide if all black is for you? You can get some of the pieces in black with a white interior.
The beautiful artisanal Terracotta collection consists of two categories of tile: Antique Terracotta Provincial Red are tiles that were salvaged from antique structures in France, while Belgian Black French Reproduction are new tiles that were handcrafted in the traditional method of terra-cotta production but with blackened clay. The result is an intriguing chalky surface that suggests age. The black series is available in square, hex, star and cross shapes and is suitable for both walls and floors indoors and out.
Earlier this year, the Cosentino brand introduced its versatile ultra-compact surface with a super-polished finish, reflecting the current trends in high-gloss furniture and millwork. We think this surface looks beautiful in both Spectra black and Halo white, but a few in-between neutrals are available, as well. The slabs measure up to 1,440 by 3,200 millimeters in 8-, 12- or 20-millimeter thicknesses.
Delta Millworks: Exterior Siding
Delta’s charred shou sugi ban siding looks absolutely stunning on house exteriors. It’s offered in three species and multiple styles: Noroshi (Half Gator); Accoya (Gator, Hewn Gator, Gator Shingles, B&B or Texas Barnwood); and Douglas Fir (B&B). The planks and shingles are dimensionally stable and moisture resistant.
Tara is an oldie but a goodie that’s been recolored in on-trend hues, including matte black as an homage to the Bauhaus style. This sleek collection includes modern gooseneck faucets, pot fillers, tub fillers, hand showers, coordinating lever or cross handles, thermostatic valves and a wide range of accessories from soap dispensers to towel hooks.
Drummonds: The Humber
Perfectly suited to either a traditional or transitional bath, this freestanding soaker is a new take on the traditional French bateau-style tub. The generously sized cast-iron vessel sports a raw, polished, primed or RAL painted exterior (including the black textured one shown).
Kolbe: Ultra Series
Large expanses of glass that open homes up to uninterrupted views are all the rage right now, but a wall of casement windows can offer the same drama, as in this Seattle house designed by Janof Hald Architecture. The Ultra Series picture and push-out casements, as well as matching entrance doors and push-out awnings, were specified in Coal Black finish and fitted with high-performance ThermaPlus LoE insulating glass.
Kolbe; Elliott Bay House by Janof Hald Architecture; photography by Benjamin Benschneider via kolbewindows.com
Always ahead of the curve in creating beautiful light switches, Legrand’s adorne wall plates come in a range of colors including this sleek, jet-black finish appropriately named Black Ink. Pair it with the company’s sofTap Switch — which uses a micro-movement sensor — in Magnesium for an overall dark aesthetic.
LG: Black Stainless Steel Series
Though not stark black, LG’s Black Stainless Steel Series updates the typical stainless steel appliance look, making it appear warmer in a way. Well-suited to both modern and traditional settings, the line includes a range, refrigerator and dishwasher, all of which boast a fingerprint-resistant finish.
We imagine the black swan Odile to have hatched from this seductive black egg of a bathtub. Designed by Oriano Favaretto, the organic-shaped fixture is made of Cristalplant in all black, all white or bicolor and measures 120 centimeters wide by 170 long by 50 high.
MGS: Nemo R / RS
The Milan-based kitchen and bath fitting manufacturer has been recasting its products in on-trend colors. Among them, the minimalist, solid stainless steel Nemo R and Nemo RS kitchen faucets in Black Steel finish caught our attention. The design integrates the handle right onto the spout, and the spout can be specified fixed or with 210-degree rotation.
Rich Brilliant Willing: Monocle
The hip Brooklyn studio designed the Monocle sconce as a disc-shaped unit that swivels and tilts on a matching round wall mount. The milled solid aluminum fixture comes in a natural, gold or black finish with an injection molded plastic lens that can also be specified flush with the diffuser. The LED source outputs 640 lumens in 2,200 to 3,500 Kelvin white light.
Rich Brilliant Willing (gold version shown at right)
Siematic: New Matte Black Finish
In stark contrast to the high-gloss white we’ve been seeing in kitchens, Siematic introduced a new matte black finish to its minimalist PURE kitchen system. The cabinetry and drawer units, available without handles for an even more streamlined look, sport crisp and clean lines that pair perfectly with the new finish. The doors can also be specified with matching vertical slats and glass.
Sonneman – A Way of Light: Stix
Stix is a square LED rod that’s designed to be grouped to create striking mobile-like centerpiece chandeliers. The acrylic luminaire measures 39.5 inches long by 3 inches deep and wide and comes in sets of three and six and in satin black or satin aluminum finishes.
Sonneman — A Way of Light
Stone Source: Puzzle
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby designed this award-winning collection for Italian tile brand Mutina as a series of multicolored modular units that create completely unique graphic walls and floors. Eight color families are offered, including a dark palette consisting of Coal and Slate.