Colors Today – Percussive Black

Colors Today is all about black! It is most definitely up there with one of my favorite colors of all time. It never goes out of style, it goes with everything, it is slimming, and simple, and perfect. It is all those things, but is it percussive? And what does that mean??

The idea of percussive black comes from a discussion Michael and I had about percussion and what it adds to music. He was saying that one of the many things that percussion does is bring structure to a piece of music. Because I am always trying to connect things I thought of black as doing a similar thing in design.

Percussive black is black used in a way that accents, finishes off, or outlines a design. This is applicable for all forms of art and I will give examples throughout this post of interiors (of course) as well as fashion, art, and architecture. Percussive black is NOT a specific shade of black, and it is NOT black that is used in large amounts. Percussive black is usually used in outlined, and highly contrasting bursts.


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Percussive black in interiors is often in the form of lighting, sculptural chairs, or interesting paint. It looks great in any style but it especially stands out in a minimalist setting.


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Percussive black in art is high-contrast and usually makes me swoon.


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Percussive black in fashion can be used in many different ways. A cross body bag, piping, earnings, or even in pattern.


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I love seeing a building with windows that really pop!

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Here is Percussive Black in a boho inspired, feminine living room. I love the quirky monkey pendant from Fenton and Fenton.

So here is the big question: Do you get it? See what I mean? I love the way this color is being used in design and it will absolutely stand the test of time! I could look at B&W all day.


Boho Industrial Studio

Hello everyone! Today is our first day back to the grind after our LA adventure, of which you can learn all about here, and watch in my highlights here! The trip was the perfect balance between funwork and play! Stay tuned for a post letting you know everywhere we went, everything we did, and – most importantly – everything we ate!!

In the meantime, here is some global industrial inspiration! This loft feels really young and colorful. My Favorite piece by far is the concrete pendant from Serena and Lily.

I like to design with a particular person in mind, and here I give a short description of who I think that person is and what their lifestyle is like. This makes designing more fun and meaningful, since design is about describing someone visually in order to help you get to know them. In these posts I reverse the process!

A young couple’s first apartment together. Ethan and Olivia moved to this Tulsa Studio apartment 6 months ago and, even though they stumble through the beginnings of adulthood, they revel in their “ownership” of the 850 sq. ft. studio. Their styles, mercifully, are very similar to one another’s, which curtails arguments on THAT score. Both favoring global and industrial elements with modern touches and an eclectic atmosphere. Ethan is a barista by day and stand-up comedian by night. He has big blue eyes and is obsessed with anything coconut flavored. Olivia is a part-time student of marketing with a social media concentration and part-time dog-walker. She has long, blond, hair and likes to tie it back with a green strip of linen. Olivia likes to experiment with different flavors of homemade hummus, using Ethan as a taste tester. Somehow she can never get it right. What she doesn’t know, and what Ethan doesn’t have the heart to tell her is that he doesn’t really like hummus all that much.



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