Have you ever wondered why expert Karate belts are black? While Western cultures often associate black with ghouls, goblins and bad luck-bestowing cats, many Eastern cultures (including the Japanese) use black to symbolize nobility, age and expertise. This makes it the perfect color for martial arts masters!
In fact, the association of black with mourning, death and bereavement is fairly modern in Western culture. The popularity of the practice can be traced back to Queen Victoria (1819-1901), who wore black for the last 40 years of her life to mourn the death of her husband, Prince Albert. In many Eastern and African cultures, white is worn to funerals!
Black is technically not even a color, but rather what you see when objects do not emit or reflect any part of the visible light spectrum. This means that pigments that absorb light rather than reflect it back to the eye “look black.”
Don’t be afraid to bring this non-color into your home. Black is trendy in decorating these days, and modern looks are cozy, not crypt-like. Plus, black makes other furniture and art more appealing because your eyes are drawn to the brighter colors, making them pop. Note: If you’re painting your walls black, make sure the room you want to paint is spacious, because black can sometimes make a room feel smaller than it actually is.
Black is also associated with power, strength and intelligence; so if you’re trying to decide how to decorate your home office space, try accenting with black. It will help keep you focused when you’re trying to get down to business!