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Like white, black is an achromatic colour with a long history of use and importance that extends to the present day.

Along with white, black is one of the earliest colours used in art, created by the Palaeolithic people who used charcoal, burnt bone or various crushed minerals to obtain this rich and exceptionally strong colour.

For much of history, black has been a symbol of evil (as in the Underworld of Greek mythology), mourning, sadness and darkness. However, in ancient Egypt, the colour had positive connotations of protection and fertility. Black has undergone many changes in meaning, application and perception from one era to the next and from one culture to the next

Finally it has been revolutionised and given a place of choice in the worlds of fashion and design, rapidly becoming a symbol of elegance and simplicity.

How & why to use it?

Often used as an accent in space design and interior decoration, black most often adds a touch of sophistication and luxury, and as one of the darkest colours, it can shrink or expand a room depending on how it is used. Black is also known for adding a dramatic and melancholic dimension to a table or space, but will always be accompanied by smooth, silky and luxurious renderings.

With what colours?

As an achromatic colour, black can technically be combined with any colour on the chromatic circle. That said, just like white, certain colours will make it stand out more easily and elegantly: very light, vibrant colours like white, yellow, cyan, magenta etc. will create a very modern, energising contrast, while darker colours like burgundy, dark green and violets, for example, will create a more sophisticated harmony.

Finally, black goes perfectly with the woody or natural colours of your furniture.