Black - serious, elegant, mysterious and versatile
Black is the darkest of all colours and is considered an achromatic colour together with white and grey. Strictly speaking, black isn't a colour at all, but the absence of colour or a coloured light reflection. This is the reason why black goes with all other colours. The symbolic meaning of the colour black depends strongly on the context. With items of clothing, it’s the embodiment of respectability, just think of the classic men’s black suit. Black gives vehicles an additional, increased status. That’s why state cars are almost always black. In Chinese Feng shui, black and white together stand for balance and harmony. In Ancient Egypt, it was even the colour of life due to the colour of the black earth from the Nile. In Western civilisation, however, it stands for sadness and death.
Black rugs in the living room and dining room
A black rug looks especially good in a large, bright living room or dining room. The colour’s tendency to swallow light can successfully counter effect too much brightness. You can also draw attention to wonderful items of furniture with a black rug. The colour creates a stylish background against which cabinets or display cases can be set off effectively. Another pleasant side effect of black in the living room is that the colour hides splashes of wine extremely well! Even if the stain could still be seen on a lighter rug after cleaning, you won’t see it at all on a black rug. Black rugs are less suitable for smaller and darker rooms, however, which look better brightened up.
Black rugs in the kitchen and hallway
By choosing a black rug for the kitchen you are creating the ultimate contrast with a white floor. The effect is just as clear on light grey or brown tiles. A black rug gives a kitchenette a certain professional look: the perfect place for ambitious hobby cooks with a sense of style. Even if you like to display colourful pictures of food in your kitchen, a black rug provides a visual enhancement that fits in really well. A monochrome black rug on a high-quality floor made of marble looks extremely tasteful in a hallway. For the entrance area to your home, you should always choose robust black that can withstand wear and tear from the soles of your shoes. Just like with the red wine stains in your living room, black rugs in the hallway don’t show the dirt either.
Black rugs in different colours, styles and patterns
Black isn’t just an appealing choice as a standalone colour for your rug, it also looks good as an element in patterned rugs. White lines, figures or ornaments stand out impressively against a black background. Also popular are rugs with a black and white chessboard pattern. In Oriental rugs, black can create wonderful contrasts with red or yellow tones. For the children's room, black rugs with attractive colourful motifs are worth considering. In more sober surroundings such as an office, rugs with black and grey or black and brown patterns are a good option. They don’t distract the eye but unobtrusively provide relaxation. As with other colours, ensure that the thickness of the rug is appropriate for the requirements in the relevant room. Short-pile rugs need to be cleaned more regularly, whereas shaggy rugs are cosier and are better at warming your feet in the winter.