Black may seem a risky decorating move, but as the stylish spaces of a new Lehi home prove, the payoff can be huge.

Remember when we were all afraid of the dark? More specifically: We trembled at the idea of decorating with sombre black. Not anymore. Black has stepped out of the shadows and has become a favorite among today’s top decorating trends. Forget dim and depressing. In the right hands, black turns dull to dramatic, bleak to chic. For proof, we present a family home recently completed by Murdock Builders and House of Jade Interiors. These pros collaborated to create a stylish, livable haven for homeowners who have a taste for the dark side.

Center-Right: House of Jade Interiors’ Erin Morgan, Kirsten Kransen and Jamie Nash.


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Pair with Color

“When you begin with black and white, any color you add becomes really noticeable,” says Kransen. “A little color goes a long way.”  Her client craved pink for her office, so the design team chose a blush tone to shape a soft, sophisticated look and featured it on only two chairs. The designers selected a leopard-print rug and black-and-white wallpaper to add pops of pattern. Then they delivered a shot of bling with a shimmering brass-based table. “Black is a great backdrop for all metallics,” Kransen explains. Black-framed doors help to ground the chic décor.

See this full feature for more expert insight on decorating with black!

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Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.