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Black is Not Bad

When it comes to interior decorating black has gotten a bad rep. People tend to think decorating with black is dark and depressing. But this isn't the case. The reality is that at least a little bit of black is essential in every room. It's dramatic, stylish, and provides a grounding effect that is necessary for every interior.

White Oak Floor finished with RMC Oil Plus 2C in Black on Pre-colour Easy Intense Black

Black as an Accent

It's important that every room have just a little bit of black. It has a grounding effect that gives the eye a place to rest. When you have too many light and airy colours with nothing to ground them they can almost appear to be floating. It can be confusing to the eye.

You don't need to have a lot of black, just enough to tie things together. You can add a few accents of black decor such as vases, photo frames, doors, or maybe even furniture and it will instantly add a sense of chicness into your humble abode. Although black is dark, a room that has black as its dominant colour doesn't have to be.

Rules for Decorating With Black

  • If you're decorating with black and white be sure to use a mixture of large, small, and medium scale patterns along with solid black and solid white to create visual interest and depth.

  • If black is your dominant colour (the wall or floor colour for example) add some architectural details to keep it from looking flat.

  • Use an accent colour in a black room to punch it up and keep it from being too stark. Anything goes. Add a bold pink or orange for excitement, baby blue or green for softness, or try gold or silver for glamorous sophistication.

  • Use textures to break the monotony. Leather or wood grains make for a more interesting black surface.

Shades of Black with Rubio

There are many ways to achieve a black surface with Rubio. For starters, you can apply a coat of our Pre-Colour Easy in Intense Black to give you a solid black surface and finish it with our RMC Oil-Plus 2C in Black. For a little contrast, try finishing it with Super White to make the wood grains pop. If you would like to tint the black with a little blue, our trend colour Midnight Indigo does a fine job. Or, for some 1920s Great Gatsby glam, you can accent the Intense Black with Silver Grey or a Touch of Gold.

And if you are adventurous enough, you can always make your own custom blend of colours. All of our RMC Oil-Plus 2C colours can be mixed to make a shade you desire. Possibilities are endless!

If you would like to find out more about how Rubio Monocoat can be used to colour your home and interiors, contact us at We would love to share more with you!

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