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Matte Black

09.25.15

black and brass

….He surely isn’t new to the design world.  Matte black has been around the block a time or two, and I’ve pretty much been giving him the cold shoulder until now.  You see… rewind several years ago when everyone went black and tan CRAZY… matte black made an appearance.  This is what I’m talking about…

black and granite

Matte black was a way to update from shiny brass.

Then everyone went white crazy and wanted all white everything.  (When I say everyone, I mean it was the craze on Pinterest.)

all white kitchen

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Then Matte got lost in the shuffle of things.  But I’ve found a new appreciation for him and I think some others have too… You see, Matte is back but in a very modern way.

The key here is to contrast the matte in a modern way.  Below are a few ways to do this and you’ll see that most of them overlap.

Matte Black vs White (Marble Included)

black and white

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matte black and white

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matte black and marble

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Contrasting with marble gives a very clean and fresh feel.

matte black and marble

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Matte Black vs Brass

matte black and brass

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This image has brass, marble & wood as a contrast against the matte black, but I’m going out on a limb here and saying the brass is the spotlight competition…

matte black and brass

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This one has a brass and white contrast, but again, I think the brass is the showstopper against the matte black here.

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Matte Black vs Wood Tone

This is my favorite mix.  Matte black + wood tone is just SO good.  The matte is so clean and the wood warms it up in the coziest way.  Add some aged brass in there and oh…….

matte black and wood tone

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flat black with wood

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It doesn’t have to be done through a kitchen finish or paint sheen.  An accessory does the job too.

black and wood

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Matte Black vs Black

(Is that overkill?)  I think contrasting itself is a contrast, no?  This look is going to be VERY modern.  Lovely, but modern, which isn’t for everyone.  It can be done by contrasting with more matte or with a glossy black.
black and high gloss

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flat black

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When some people hear “modern”, they run.  I get it, it’s an overwhelming word, and honestly, I don’t really like using it.  I just don’t know of another word that gets the job done.  I just wrote this whole blog post about matte black being used in a modern way because that’s how I’ve seen it done best.  I’m just going to leave all you traditionalists with this image….. matte black done traditional.  It’s not an easy thing to do, but Jenny Wolf killed it.

black traditional

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xo,

Claire

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