Black has always been my go-to color for kitchen appliances, accent pieces, even some accessories and furnishings (I love my little black telephone table in my office.), but I’ve been thinking bigger lately. Chalkboard walls were all the rage for a time, but black walls and accent pieces are just begging to be painted in this deep, rich, mysterious shade sans chalk. Think walls, trim, bookcases, furniture, window panes, chairs… the list goes on and on.
You may think the black bar cart above gets lost against the room’s black backdrop, but look again. Reflective surfaces (the mirror, the glasses, the picture frames), bright accents (lots of brass), and a hint of color (the bottles, flowers, artwork) all contribute to keeping this display from looking flat and lifeless. As I’ve told my students many times, don’t think of black as a dark color, think of black as the night sky. It’s infinite and the possibilities are endless.
Show off collectibles against a black wall if you have bright metal or light wood bookcases.
Small rooms look beautiful in dark colors. Too keep the room from looking like a cave, pay attention to the colors on the floor and ceiling.
Black woodwork is more dramatic than brown. If you’re lucky enough to have built-in bookshelves, consider painting them black instead of white. A room with a good amount of natural light and plenty of artificial light will keep these rooms from disappearing.
Black makes colors pop. Just like white, the contrast between these bold colors and the black walls allow you to choose brighter hues. Imagine if these colors were set against white walls, they wouldn’t have nearly the same impact. (In my classroom all of my color boards are black and the students use black boards for projects.)
BM 2132-10 Black, RAL9004 Signal Black, Crown Diamond 7065-64 Black Orchid