Accents of Black

Black clarifies. Place a table, seat, or artwork lacquered dark as ebony in a room awash in neutral tones and watch the darkness snap to attention. It adds a crisp and bold touch to the room. Add an ornamental grass with obsidian-tone leaves to a pastel garden and the same thing happens—that smokiness allures the eye into looking closer while making the surrounding seem even more brilliantly tinted. Think of how a classic little black dress stands out amid a crowd gowned in fondant froth. Black—the absence of color, the consumer of light—seasons our polychrome world with a note of mystery.


The black frames above the mantle balance the warm colors in the room.

The mirror above this bed fills the empty white wall with its modern design.

The taupe legs on these ottomans neutralize the bright neutral fabrics

in this living room.

These coffee table legs juxtapose the neutral carpet and furniture.


There can be multiple accents of black as shown above. The black backsplash tile,
drapery over the sink, and black stool compose a luxurious, modern kitchen. 

The warm grey sofa pops due to the black outlining of the room and elements within.

The black countertops create a stark comparison between the green tiles
and white cabinetry to accentuate the brightness of this kitchen.

To add a subtle touch of black, you can incorporate artworks such as this
painting or a piece of furniture with a black build. 

In this beachfront getaway, this black customized tv is paired with a black throw and starfish to give the room a more cohesive look.

This bedroom was designed with a black bed frame, night stand, and drawer
to enhance the intimate environment.

The light cabinetry juxtaposes the black and turquoise countertops offering a modern design.


Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on theSanta Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

Barnard is currently working on commissions of private residences in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon, Brentwood, Los Feliz & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.