There’s no such thing as one Scandinavian or Nordic interior style, but there are a lot of elements I’m starting to recognize as Nordic. One of those is black. I was never into black, not a single bit. Growing up around Belgian homes, I dreamed of linen curtains, oak wooden floors combined with neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals. Never black. I have changed though, on more than just one level. Interior design is one of those. I’m getting into black. Seriously!
In Miss Mustard Seed’s second lookbook I wrote: “Miss Mustard Seed’s neutrals go really well with the warm patina of natural wood and the texture of rougher materials. The texture brings an unexpected vibrance to a room decorated with neutrals. The Belgian interior decorating style is a beautiful example of this combination. It’s characterized by very large, sometimes oversized, antique furniture on a blue stone or oak wooden floor, against a neutral wall and creamy linen curtains. It makes a quiet statement.”
This doesn’t mean that black doesn’t have a place in Belgian interiors! It sure has its place, often with a muted black wall. It just wasn’t my thing. I was a neutral ‘let’s play it safe’ Belgian girl. You can see many examples of the Belgian style in this Pinterest-board. It isn’t mine, but gives a good idea of what I mean. Our previous living room looked like this when we sold it. It’s nothing like the real luxurious Belgian style (I have always decorated on a budget after all), but I do see mostly neutrals!
The more I got exposed to black over here, the more I wanted to try it in my own home. I started out very modest, with just a small coffee table, painted in Coal Black from Fusion Mineral Paint.
I painted this less attractive wooden orange table, probably from the well-known local furniture chain.
I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out. Coal Black has this wonderful shine, not too little, not too much, just ‘lagom‘.
Your thoughts on black? Yes or no?