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The dark side of interiors

This year’s interiors have seen rich and sultry shades of blue, mulberry and deep browns turn darker as we go through the seasons, with autumn bringing a trend for moody charcoal greys and matte blacks. Here are our top tips for introducing these colours into your home as winter approaches.

Crittal Windows
Cast iron Crittal windows can add a bold border to window frames and look sleek and stylish in matte black. There is no denying the Crittal-style comeback, with a 1930s Art Deco revival providing key inspiration for current interior trends, but Crittal isn’t just for windows, and some homes are opting for Crittal everything from room dividers to shower screens. The frames are a tasteful nod to the industrial chic look, and give a space an immediate injection of modern edge.

Matte black surfaces
A look that is on the rise is the effect of smoked or burned wood which delivers with a chic matte black, burnt-out finish. This trend can be seen in glossy interior catalogues with everything from wooden table tops to floorboards adopting the stylish technique. The smoked effect can also be used on the facades of buildings, with modern wooden homes and garden spaces using the method to bring a touch of Scandi chic.

Concrete bathrooms
The brutalist use of concrete as a useful and stylish resource is all the rage at the moment and is particularly gaining momentum as we head towards the winter months. In bathrooms, the durability of concrete makes it the ultimate feature wall, and its industrial look can transform your room into a functional space that wouldn’t look out of place in edgy Berlin.

Dark accessories
If you’re not enthralled by the prospect of giving your rooms a lick of black paint, and think black flooring is a commitment too far, adding small touches in the form of black accessories and furniture can bring you on trend but in an understated and subtle way. Look out for matte black plates and cutlery, lampshades, black-rimmed mirrors and even black wax candles for a touch of elegance.

Another alternative to the black feature wall is luxurious-looking black tiling. Tiles work well running halfway up kitchen walls, but are also excellent interior features that are easy to clean and durable. Go for varying shapes and sizes to keep the space interesting, and stray from the traditional square style to give your kitchen a contemporary finish.

Black tubs
A free-standing bath adds a touch of grandeur to a bathroom and reinforces the idea that bath-time is all about relaxation. Whether it’s a classic Victorian style with claw feet, or a modern egg-shaped tub, a black bath is a dramatic statement look.