NOIR decorating style is inspired by a film genre of the same name, popular in 1940’s to 50’s. The films were shot in black & white, using the principles of chiaroscuro – an interplay of light and dark. The high contrast produced shadows and silhouettes which became the hallmarks of this style. Words that describe the resulting films are: mysterious, sultry, edgy, dramatic. Interior design has taken up this style, including vintage items, sheer fabrics, frosted glass to achieve the effect.