Be it a reaction to the decades-long devotion to bleached-out Scandi style, with its pale woods and pastel pops, or a rejection of the more recent attempt to revive the garish colors and graphic patterning of Memphis design, black is having a moment. And while dark accents are nothing new—after all, modern farmhouse style, the most ubiquitous trend of all, depends on black window frames, matte black hardware and black metal lighting—this brand of black is different. Rather than creating stark, high contrast schemes, designers are leaning into atmospheric interiors that are deeper, darker, moody and mysterious.
Design studios are turning out accent pieces that highlight shades from deep gray to deepest black that meld right into these mostly monochromatic spaces, yet stand on their own. A charred cedar table in a sumptuous shape by Edizione Limitata infuses texture to a room and a blown-glass vase by FAINA that folds in on itself relaxes into these earthier environments. Even Slash Object’s minimalist side table, which combines black marble and steel, feels at home.