10 Beautiful Black Accents for Your Table

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It’s Halloween today and, for some, it’s the culmination of weeks (if not months) of anticipation. The Halloween enthusiasts include our new lifestyle editor, who recently gushed about a haunted house tour. I had to go, she said. And I told her, most firmly, that I would definitely not be going.

It’s not that I dislike Halloween. I have fond memories of getting dressed up as a kid and trick-or-treating with my dad, one of the few activities that he, rather than my mom, supervised. But to really love this holiday I figure you’re either really into getting dressed up, really into spooky, scary things, or really into crafty stuff. I am really into none of the above.

And so, Halloween has been a day that I greet with a great deal of apathy (if that’s not a contradiction in terms). When it comes to Halloween, like Atlas, I shrug. But — and you know there’s a but — there is one aspect of Halloween I am slowly coming around to, and that is the whole noir design ethos.

As a general rule, I am in the white and bright camp. I like spaces that are flooded with light; my apartment’s stark, museum-like walls bother me not one bit.

But in the lead-up to Halloween, I’ve been noticing how edgy and dramatic a black accent can be. Maybe it’s a charcoal-hued cheese board, some ebony flatware, or a smokey goblet. Whatever the case, for today at least, black is the new black.

Here are 10 ways to delve into the dark side.

  1. Hasami Porcelain Mugs,$55 for 2: If you’re skeptical about going black, ease into the idea with this pair of porcelain mugs.
  2. Apilco Dinner Plates, $106 for 4 at Williams-Sonoma: In black, these classic plates make a statement.
  3. Carlo Moretti Black Wine Goblets, $90 for 5 at Etsy: If gothic goblets and coupe glasses had a baby, they’d look like these vintage Italian glasses.
  4. Helena Linen Napkins in Graphite, $6 each at Crate & Barrel: Linen is always a classy choice for napkins; opt for graphite and you don’t have to worry about red wine stains.
  5. Matte Black Flatware, $39 for 5-piece set at West Elm: When it comes to flatware, is black the new gold? Only time will tell.
  6. Menu Wire Bowl, $40: In life, one can really never have too many bowls. Use this as a subtle black centerpiece for all your autumnal gourds.
  7. Le Creuset Oval French Oven, $350 at Sur La Table: A glossy charcoal finish gives this cookware essential a touch of drama — in a good way.
  8. Jars Tourron Pitcher, $40 at Crate & Barrel: Who says your water pitcher needs to be boring? This midnight-hued version is a conversation piece.
  9. Slate Cheese Board, $36 at Brooklyn Slate: This board is guaranteed to make your stinky Taleggio stand out (even more).
  10. Peugeot Pepper Mill, $50 at Cutlery & More: This already-sleek pepper mill is even chicer in black lacquer.
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