When most people hear the word "noir," they probably think of "film noir," the famous genre of private eyes, hardboiled mysteries and dramatic, black and white images. For those interested in the latest design trends, noir has a different meaning: it's the name of Pratt & Lambert's choice for the 2015 "Color of the Year," a dark blue tone for the walls and furniture of modern homes.
However, as with any new design trend, homeowners need the right guidance to make sure they work with this shade and integrate it well into the general design of their house. The right furnishings and custom window coverings can bring the appropriate amount of light into the room while still emphasizing the specific moody qualities of the "noir" color.
Here are some ways to use noir for strong designs:
Homeowners can make noir the "neutral" tone of a room and design around it with other colors, using light from a properly-treated window to enhance the effect.
- Accent small spaces: In an article for the Associated Press, color consultant Debra Kling, says that noir is an ideal color for rooms she describes as "cozy." You can work with this idea by giving windows in smaller spaces lush, layered drapery panels that bring a soft, tactile fabric into the home. Accent pieces and window coverings in this color will work well with the available space.
- Base the rest of the room around it: In an article for the Associated Press, color consultant Debra Kling also says that "black and deep navy were once seen as the most theatrical colors, the exclusive domains of the uber-stylish and certainly not for the faint of heart." However, she adds that "2015 officially heralds their establishment as neutrals." Building off of this, homeowners can make noir the "neutral" tone of a room and design around it with other colors, using light from a properly-treated window to enhance the effect.
- Sheer fabrics will let light in: Lighter sheers will contrast with a darker hue to create a pleasing contrast. You can brighten a room up with thin fabrics that leave the space feeling more awake. This could also be a good option if there's only one window in the room, because the sheers will bring in the glow of natural lighting.
- Use furnishings that fit with the room: This same source adds that pillows can bring bright accent colors to a bedroom with dark walls. By that token, other rooms that are painted in a dark shade could be furnished with small cushions and pillows that complement the rest of the dark decor with little bits of brightness.
Noir can be a good starting point for a soothing bedroom or a calm study, with the deep colors washing over you as you relax. Learn more about the best interior design tips for your home by arranging a free at-home consultation with Metropolitan Window Fashions today!