Black or silver accessories set off many colors used in home decorating attractively. By combining vintage and modern pieces, you can create a unique look. Here are ideas for black and silver accessories to decorate a dining room. Look for these at antiques and collectibles websites, online auctions, and local shops for all kinds of possibilities.
Vintage Black Glass
Interior design trends of the 1950s included popular shiny black glass animals, particularly panthers and horses. These figures were produced as figures in a variety of poses – standing, lying, rearing, or leaping. They also took the form of planters, ashtrays, clocks, and other items. A vintage black glass wildcat or horse would add interest and liveliness as a dining room decorative accessory.
Modern or antique mirrors of many types can add a sparkling touch to dining room décor. Look for silver framed mirrors, black framed, or plain mirrors. Hang a grouping on your wall of smaller mirrors in varying styles. Or display one large showpiece – trimmed sensationally in silver or black. Another idea is to add some silver or black-framed photos or prints around the room.
Antique Lacquer Ware
Decorative lacquer ware from the Far East has been produced for hundreds of years. Items from the 1940s and 50s include black lacquer ware. You should be able to find in a variety of sizes small black boxes embellished with floral and other designs. Larger trunks also may turn up. Prices on lacquer ware can vary from inexpensive to pricey depending on rarity, attractiveness, and intricacy of design. A collection of small black lacquer ware with graceful designs or a bold large trunk would look unusual and draw attention.
Vintage Bar Items
In the 1920s and 30s, the Art Deco movement in modern design spurred the popularity of shiny silver chrome bar sets. Ice buckets, drink shakers, tongs, etc. were popular in the silver finish, sometimes coupled with black handles. Smaller items such as cork screws and stir sticks were also made. The 50s produced popular silver hammered aluminum bar, beverage, and kitchen items – trays, dishes, tumblers, coasters, and more. You can choose from many different pieces, styles, and silver finish metals when adding these accessories to the top of a buffet or other dining room furniture piece.
Modern Black Glassware
For display in a china closet or other dining room location, consider a set of smoky or opaque black glass goblets and tumblers. You might find some rimmed or otherwise embellished with silver decorations. A silver colored, silver-plate, or sterling tray would look sensational to set the glassware upon.