Blackened - a dark outlook for 2017

Deep, dark and dusky tones are key throughout 2017. Even in the summer season, we are seeing shadowy layers of transparent and textured surfaces layered in ink, charcoal, anthracite and onyx. As seasons blur and climates change, black and blackened colour become a trans-global certainty; a dark and sensuous backdrop, upon which we can play with materiality and pattern.

 Luminary Spring Summer 2017, Photography by Anna Starmer

Luminary Spring Summer 2017, Photography by Anna Starmer

 Interior image by Anna Starmer, Wall colour Railings by Farrow and Ball

Interior image by Anna Starmer, Wall colour Railings by Farrow and Ball

Black is a key trend colour for homeware and the interiors markets in 2017. At London Design Week, String Shelving from Scandinavia chose an entirely black product stand. Black is a key colour in ceramics and cookware. In kitchen design, key surfaces include black stained wood or bog oak, and black stone such as honed black granite.

 Photography By Anna Starmer

Photography By Anna Starmer

Black paired with white or softer ecru is a classic combination. From brush strokes and mark making, to marbling effects, a hand crafted or hand painted feel is key to keep these strong colours from looking too sharp or too cold.

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 Photography By Anna Starmer

Photography By Anna Starmer

Black was a surprisingly dominant colour on the spring summer global womenswear catwalks. As more designers look to seasonless, or trans-seasonal collections, black becomes ever more important. Layer sheers and lace with velvet and brocade. Give blackened clothing a feminine, softened touch through sensuous surfaces and tactile decoration.

 Spring Summer 2017 Womenswear Catwalks, Images Vogue.com

Spring Summer 2017 Womenswear Catwalks, Images Vogue.com