Back to Black – Matte Black is Bringing Sexy Back into the Home

As you may know, I recently returned from Las Vegas Market, where I spent my time running from showroom to showroom to see what new and fresh finds I would come across.  Aside from neutrals and greys being paired with metallics (my last post), I noticed that the use of matte black finishes were on the rise and was seen in a number of showrooms.  Hmmmm….after all the color we’ve seen over the last few markets, I wonder why we’re going back to black – and why a matte black?  Unlike any other finish, when I think of matte black, the words “sexy, sophisticated, demure, and mysterious” immediately come to mind.  As Jean-Michel Wilmotte, designer of La Cornue’s W Collection explains,  matte black “is a color that is both modern and respectful of the past”, and I agree wholeheartedly.

Matte Black at Las Vegas Winter Market

Matte black brings sexy back!  Wall Play at Las VEgas Market via Cozy•Stylish•Chic
Wall Play by Gold Leaf Design Group

This market, Gold Leaf Design Group picked up on the matte black trend and pushed their two matte black versions of their popular Wall Play Collection – a solid matte black and a matte black with gold leaf trim.  As you know, I spoke about Wall Play in a previous post, and it is refreshing to see how they are making Wall Play more than just jewelry for the wall by applying it to branches and creating a low cost alternative to 3-dimensional sculpture for the home.

Matte black brings sexy back!  Waylande Gregory at Las Vegas Market via Cozy•Stylish•Chic
Waylande Gregory at Codarus Showroom

Waylande Gregory is the perfect example of a line that is both “modern and respectful of the past”.  Waylande Gregory (1905-1971), was a prolific Art-Deco ceramic sculptor, whose works are collected by world renowned museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. Gregory gained critical success throughout his career for  developing new ceramic techniques that revolutionized ceramics and are now commonly used today. In 2010, Waylande Gregory’s great-nephew, Bryan Downey, stumbled across his work and reintroduced the world to Waylande Gregory’s legacy by releasing authentic re-editions of his colorful and whimsical ceramic creations.  The pieces shown above juxtapose a dull matte black with a super high gloss gold.  They are a nod to the past as they reflect Gregory’s Art-Deco design sensibility, yet at the same time have one foot in the present.

Matte black brings sexy back!  Four Hands at Las Vegas Market via Cozy•Stylish•Chic
Four Hands

At the Four Hands showroom, I ran across this beautiful collection of matte black pieces – a shadow box coffee table , end table, and wall unit – all outfitted with aged brass hardware.  I can’t think of a better way to show off one’s prized possessions.  Modern, classic, timeless – simply beautiful.

Matte black brings sexy back!  Mr. Brown at Las Vegas Market via Cozy•Stylish•Chic
Mr. Brown

This matte black powder coated, brass trimmed pair of sconces from Mr. Brown takes us back to the mid-century modern period, which is a style that is characterized by clean, simple lines which are organic in nature, and we all know that mid-century modern has been on everyone’s design radar the past few years!

Matte black brings sexy back!  Arteriors at Las Vegas Market via Cozy•Stylish•Chic
Arteriors

Arteriors had a variation of the same sconces but  in a 3 pendant ceiling fixture.  I especially love the contrast gold lining in both versions, which really brings warmth to any room.  Another treasure I spotted in the Arteriors showroom was this beautiful hammered brass table lamp with black shade, which had a Moroccan/ethnic vibe to it, but could easily be integrated into any design style.

Matte black- bringing sexy back into the home.  Noir at Las VEgas Market via Cozy•Stylish•Chic
Noir

During my stop at the Noir/CFC Showroom I came across this matte black chandelier – a whimsical take on the ever so popular sputnik chandelier.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that trends in fashion, interiors, and popular culture mirror one another.  Oftentimes, it is the high end luxury labels that pave the way for what we will eventually bring into our homes.  Let’s take a look at how fashion and popular culture may dictate what we see in home decor:

Matte Black in Fashion

Matte black fashion via Cozy•Stylish•Chic

Image credits: Sblle, Trends and Style, Revolve Clothing

Matte Black in the Kitchen

Matte Black faucets via Cozy•Stylish•Chic

Image credits: Grohe Ondus Collection via Tréndir, Kohler via Faucet Direct, Jason Wu for Brizo via Amazon

Grohe’s Ondus faucet in Velvet Black embraces its “sensual minimalism” philosophy.  Sleek, sexy, demure – that is how I would describe Grohe’s Ondus faucet.

I have been a fan of Jason Wu’s single handle lavatory faucet for Brizo for quite some time because of its Smart Touch technology and water efficiency specifications.  This matte black faucet stays true to the brand’s mantra that “fashion-forward meets forward thinking”.

 

Matte black appliances - Sexy and sleek is back.  Via Cozy•Stylish•Chic

Image credits: Smeg via Graham and Co., Smeg via Appliancist, via Nordic Design

These gold trimmed matte black applicances from Smeg leave me speechless.  I searched everywhere to find a place that these could be purchased in the United States, but the only place I was able to locate them was in Europe.  These appliances are simply gorgeous – they bring fashion back into the kitchen, if there ever was a thing, so I sure hope that they will find their way here soon.

La Cornue W Collection in matte black via Cozy•Stylish•Chic

Image credit:  La Cornue’s W Collection oven tower, convection table, and range via House Beautiful

A collaboration between French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and La Cornue, the W Collection , whose pieces are sleek and slender,  are a huge contrast to the massive coveted La Cornue ranges that most of us have grown to adore from afar.

Matte black countertops - bringing sexy back.

Image credits: Better Living Through Design, via Pinterest

Back in June, I came across Cosentino’s Silestone® Nebula series at Dwell on Design, and I was immediately hooked. With a beautiful fingerprint-proof, stain-resistant sueded finish, anti-microbial properties, and the company’s commitment to the protecting the environment by assuring the low emissions of chemical compounds to the air during manufacturing, going green couldn’t be any any sexier!

Matte Black Luxury Cars

And last but not least, we can’t forget how the top of the line luxury car lines have an influence on what we associate with sleek and sexy.

Matte black Lamborghini - sleek and sexy is back!
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700 via Fancy
Matte black Bentley - sleek and sexy is back!
Matte Bentley Continental Supersport

On another note, two days ago I found out that Cozy•Stylish•Chic was nominated as “Best New Design Blog for 2014” and is now one of four finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, March 2-4.  Wow, I was  completely floored – what an honor!  I am humbled to be in the same company as the three other nominees – all accomplished designers and bloggers.  Last year’s winner, Leslie Wood of Hadley Court, wrote a wonderful post on all four of this year’s nominees as a way to “pay it forward”, and you can read her post here.  Thank  you, Leslie – not only for your kind words, but also for taking time out of your busy day to acknowledge those of us who will follow in your footsteps.

This year’s awards will be sponsored by Traditional Home , and you can go HERE to cast your vote.

Ok, that’s it for my Sunday writing – time for me to watch the Super Bowl with my boys. Cheers!

Jeanne K Chung


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