Everyone knows the popularity of decorating with white. We've all heard that it instantly lightens and brightens a space – from refreshing white kitchen cabinets to crisp white bed linens to creamy white walls. But, have you heard about the power of decorating with black? It's a decorator's secret weapon, and just a smidge will bring depth and drama to your space. Try using black as a unifying color in any room, and we bet you'll be pleased with the result. In this home, a gallery wall is accented with simple black frames. It's a common thread in the room's portraits, vignettes, and bannister. If you're not sure where to begin when decorating with black, try painting the muttons of your windows black. This emulates the look of pricier, steel-case windows, and gives your room an industrial edge. The black recesses into the view, and opens up your windows to the outside even more. Stay tuned for Senior Homes Editor Zoë Gowen's best tips on decorating with black.

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