Black has been a popular colour trend in commercial design throughout 2018 and it certainly isn’t slowing down anytime soon. This trend can be seen in a variety of products from black detailing on chairs or table legs, storage, monitor arms, desk systems and breakout spaces. The dark tones create depth, add drama and help offset other colours within the space.

In a recent project with Seeka, we worked alongside Bubble Interiors to create a modern and sophisticated space with black accents throughout. In the entrance we upholstered our 'Free' chairs and soft seating in bright green and blue, creating a bold contrast to the black walls and rafters in order to make the room really pop. Black 'R2' ottomans, stools, desk legs and executive seating were used throughout the rest of the office to create cohesion, and the open plan kitchen took it to the next level with the cabinetry, benchtops, 'Tate' cafe chairs, bar stools and 'Luca' bar leaners all finished in a matte black.

These black accents have also been a feature throughout other recent projects below including, Harcourts Opotiki, Bayleys New Plymouth, Property Managers Group and Holland Beckett Rotorua.






Traditionally, white office furniture and walls, along with stainless steel or chrome details have dominated office design, but black is certainly taking over, as companies become more adventurous with their space. Now don’t get me wrong, white is still a great option and can be very beautiful, however, there is something about having a drastic and intense contrast of black in a room. Below we have curated a few tips and tricks of how you could incorporate black into your next project!

1: Black furniture

  • Consider adding a black steel leg to your desks, bar leaners or coffee tables. This can create a sophisticated aesthetic for your office space. Stuck for ideas? Check out our range of elevate desks which are all available with a black powder coated leg
  • Incorporate black into your office space by using black storage units. Our Milano Tambour in powder coated black is minimalist, understated and sleek. For a pop of colour and greenery, accessorise this with the black planter box. Without being too in-your-face these storage units are a tidy way to file and stay organised in the office with their generous storage capacity

2: Black feature walls; black can be a great statement wall as a feature in any room if you compliment it well with other colours and accessories. And yes... we know you're thinking it might make the room seem smaller… well, do not worry here are some tips on how to use a black wall in any room without it feeling somewhat like a cave.

  • White floors/walls to create a contrast
  • Use large artwork to add pops of detail and colour to the wall
  • Be adventurous with the colour of your furniture you are using, this will really make your black wall pop and be dramatic

3: Black Cabinetry

  • Black cabinetry can be sleek, minimalist and dramatic if done well in any kitchen or breakout space. However, it is important to consider all aspects of the room to ensure it is done right. Things to consider are the layout, furniture, natural light, texture and shade of black you are using. We think matte black works really well in an open plan kitchen, especially when paired with black furniture and light wooden floors. Check out our project with Seeka and the Property Group for some black kitchen inspo.


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