Trends come and go but when it comes to matte black, this velvety hue has some serious staying power. The equivalent of a little black dress, it’s a color that seems to seamlessly integrate into any design. So when we introduced a dramatic new Ultra Matte Black finish to our repertoire of black-themed finishes, the textural and visual effects rendered by the added “ultra” oomph, inspired some genuine “ultra” love.
While we obviously love our refrigeration units outfitted in the Ultra Matte Black finish, its versatility and ease of integration into every aspect of the home and our lives is what we love most. From decorative accents to haute couture designs, this is one color that plays well with others. Feeling like a night out at a swanky cocktail bar with breathtaking views of the city? Dior’s Diorama Clutch in ultra-matte calfskin might hike up your fashionable meter. Pair it with David Yurman’s artisan-made Box Chain Necklace, and it’s elegance with an edge. On the opposite side of the spectrum, but no less chic, Montblanc’s Meisterstuck Ultra Slim Document Case, adds the perfect professional air—with a big sense of understated style.
As for redecorating or renovating? What’s more on trend than varying wood tones and black, white and black, or really, any color and black? Add in the ultra matte factor, and you’re approaching some high design level appeal. As metals and millennial pinks stole the spotlight in the last couple of years, matte black has been the under-the-radar winner. From the unexpected, such as Clever’s feature on designer Tali Roth’s use of Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black paint color to create a focal fireplace wall for a client to painting the entire bedroom in the moody hue, there is an element of comfort and warmth that radiates from its implementation. What’s more idyllic and hygge-inspiring than Vardehaugen’s Cabin Vindheim, featured on Architizer? The Oslo, Norway-located residence is clad in a striking black-stained ore pine that forms an inviting yet stark contrast to the landscape, while the interior beckons in a waxed poplar veneer.
There is so much fun to be had with all shades and ranges of matte black. Outfitting your kitchen and/or dining room in neutrals and shades of black? Start with Zuri’s graphic, Louise Nevelson-inspired Velasca sideboard to fit all your tabletop items. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.’s Sawhorse table from FAIR adds a simple yet alluring frame. Need a striking lighting fixture? Michele Varian’s powder-coated black metal pendant light adds a modern sense of drama. Designing your kitchen around one of our Ultra Matte Black refrigeration units paired with gold hardware? Room & Board’s black and 22-karat-gold edged Everly Bowls are not only perfect for entertaining but add a complementary, gilded appeal. Pair those with Canvas Home’s Oslo Flatware collection, and you have one dramatic tablescape. We’re ultra pleased with this new shade.