Colour psychology | black
‚Seeing black‘, ‚painting black‘
‘Seeing black‘, ‘painting black’ or ‘falling into a black hole’ are terms from common language that associate the colour black with a lack of perspective. And yet: the former ‘non-colour’ black has recently become a trend colour.
Cars painted black simply look more elegant than in other colours. With the ‘little black dress’, women are simply always well dressed. At some events, men are expected in black tuxedos, a particularly elegant suit – and of course in tailcoats – also in classic black. Whenever a strong appearance, an expressive presentation, a hip gastronomy concept is required, black is usually part of the party.
Black has long since become socially acceptable and is also considered noble, elegant and sophisticated in the area of interior design. Black walls create depth and give rooms power. Black makes you appear slim – what applies in fashion can also be used in rooms. Everything goes well with black and everything can be combined with black. With some colour tones, one nuance is sometimes too much – black, on the other hand, is always black and never looks cheap and kitschy.
On the contrary: black increases the contrast and, for example, first really sets off metal. We find this priciple at the BELLEVUE AJ lamp series consisting of wall, table and floor lamps or in the GUN lamp series by Flos. In combination with white marble, the black lacquered lampshade underlines the material and design, as with the SNOOPY table lamp. Not to forget the chairs from the PANTON ONE collection by Montana – equipped with a black frame, they can be placed anywhere and virtually lift their user onto a pedestal.
Black swallows the light, so it does not donate any energy, but rather absorbs it. Just as black clothing does not let light into the skin, black also has an effect on interior design. Combined with white and used discreetly on top of that, black can set interesting accents. Designers like Victor Vasarely took advantage of this effect. He used colour blocking in a large number of patterns, in which he also contrasted round shapes with angular shapes.
Like Victor Vasarely, Alexander Girard also used this strong accentuation in the design of his patterns and fabrics – partly graphic, partly ethnic. Let yourself be inspired by our following design objects in black.