Black is used in designs to create contrast because our eyes are trained to see things in contrast. The contrast of colors creates a moment of intense focus that we enjoy for a variety of reasons.
Black is used to represent drama and to bring life to lighter colors, like yellows or white. Black is a solid color with a sturdy steadiness to it. It is solid and stable.
Black is dominant and can overwhelm if too many dark colors are used. It is best to not use black on black, unless of course, you are Morticia in The Addams Family. Then it works perfectly fine with a pale white bone china face.
Black can stand alone, but it really deserves a companion color that will enhance it and make a statement. If it is paired with red, it is very classy and a little bit naughty. If you pair it with white, it leaves no room for compromise. It is, after all, black and white.
While too much black can become overwhelming, such as in mourning, there is no reason not to use black in designs that are created for evening wear or for demanding attention. The color black is a perfect accent to bright metals, like gold or silver.
In clothing, it is slimming and dressy. It is perfect when there is somewhere to go that demands elegance. It is not welcoming or warm, so if you are in a standoff mood, dress in black and keep everyone away from you. They will, however, admire you from afar and murmur about your “chic-ness”.
Enjoy these back in black classic examples from our Mother’s Day selections. Mom needs something classy for her elegant days.
As you can see, these examples show how many different ways that black can be used in design.
Bamboo Garden Dichroic Glass Pendant and Earrings Set
Black Onyx Dangle Earrings, Betel Nut Beads,
Earthy Elegance, Handmade
Annealed wire Pendant with Cat Eye Gem
Bracelet, black and white, lava, shell
Large black tan brown maple leaf glazed
ceramic leather cord pendant
Sterling Bali Beads and Black Obsidian
Gemstone Choker Necklace
Antique Yemen Silver Inlay Black Coral Prayer Beads
Amazonite Black Onyx Rhodium Pewter Sterling Silver Earrings
Tektites White Agate Rhodochrosite Gemstone
Necklace Handmade OOAK
Tourmaline Black Agate Gemstone Carved Moon Necklace
Black and White Rectangle Fused
Glass Post Earrings, Sterling Silver
Black and white Swarovski crystal beaded hoop earrings
Vintage Napier Earrings -
Round, Black, Rhinestone, Goldtone
Black Lava Necklace Volcanic Gemstone
Silver Toggle Handcrafted
Black Obsidian and White Howlite Multi Wrap
Yin Yang Polymer Clay Pendant with Gem Stones,
Black and White
Black Onyx Olive Green Agate with
Crystal and Copper Pendant Necklace
Black and White Tablecoth Hand Fringed,
Handmade black pearl necklace with
Swarovski crystal silver 17 inch
Hand Knit Black and White Playful Plaid
Dishcloth or Washcloth
White Flower Earrings on Black with
Siam Red Swarovski Crystals Dangle
As you can see, black is perfect with or without other colors, but each additional color gives black a new meaning. Give mom something classy and then take her somewhere elegant.
Enjoy and share
Julie and Blu