From little black dresses to cashmere sweaters, black connotes instant sophistication. And it’s also pretty cool at home! Here’s our top seventeen picks…
1 Marble is the epitome of sophistication, especially in black. ‘Pebble’ marble serving board in black by Simon Legald, from £49.90, by Normann Copenhagen
2 Platters are the ultimate multi-functional pieces, perfect for storing all manner of bits and pieces, or for use as a tray or serving dish, This is one of our favourites. ‘Nordic Coal’ plate in Charcoal, £11.25, Broste Copenhagen
4 It’s the little details that make a home. Start your day well with this Punkt ‘AC01’ alarm clock, £115, by Jasper Morrison, master of design simplicity. For more great alarm clocks, see Best Buys: alarm clocks
5 And sometimes it’s the smallest touches. For a classic touch of black and white, you can do no better than Fornasetti plates. Priced from £125 each.
6 Black is a marvellous colour for flooring, particularly gorgeous in parquet. And this is a historic pattern brought up to date in solid black charred elm by Ted Todd. See more parquet here Insider Guide: parquet
8 Start your day in style with a ‘Collar’ milk jug by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, £39.95, for Stelton
9 Update any sofa with some graphic-pattern: monochrome ‘Signal’ cushion, £100, by Eleanor Pritchard
10 Quite possibly the chicest tool set we’ve ever seen: Fireplace tools set in black and birch, £262, by Iris Hantverk, from Amara
11 Add a dramatic glass jewel to your ceiling with this ‘Optical’ pendant light, £425, Lee Broom
12 Because you can never have too many pots: black ‘Still Life’ vases by Akiko Hirai, from £60, Sladers Yard
13 Simple and striking, this cone pendant light by Asaf Weinbroom, £470, would be a great addition to any room.
14 Storage pots don’t have to be boring, for example this ‘Utility’ utensil pot is glossily smooth with a leather handle, £34, LSA International
15 Any of this fabulous collection would be a super stylish addition to a kitchen. From left ‘Theo’ milk jug, £34.95; teapot, £89.95; tea mug, £19.95; ‘Theo Slow Brew’ coffee brewer, £59.95, all in black by France Cayouette, Theo Collection, Stelton
16 With the rise in home-working, the search is on for smart desks, like this one: the ‘Georg’ desk with drawer by Skagerak, from £714, Skandium
17 And if money is no object, then this is the ultimate purchase: a black lacquered Tobi-ishi table by Barber Osgerby for B&B Italia.
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