People know a lot about black, but that
knowledge gets lost when they think of painting. We
know that black essentially ‘goes with everything’ and
is a slimming color when talking about your wardrobe.
We also know that black makes awesome accents and
accessories like lamps and jewelry. However, black
isn’t even a blip on most people’s radar when they are
deciding on paint colors for their homes. Even when I
suggest black as an accent wall, trim or just a door,
the thought of black brings people up short- almost
like I asked them where they keep their purple unicorn
and magic fairy dust. When used sparingly and in the
right places, black makes quite the difference in your
decorating. It can add just the right amount of class
and uniqueness to your room while making your guests
pause with an approving ‘oh wow’ about how nice your
five ways our clients have used black paint to spice
up their homes; how are you going to use black in
Accent Wall: One of my client’s sons
wanted a black bedroom. That much black was too
over-the-top for his mom so they compromised. He
got a gunmetal-gray bedroom with the door wall
painted black so mom couldn’t see the black from
outside the room. The black accent wall was just
enough to give the room a dynamic look and both
people were happy with the bold paint colors.
Here's an accent wall using black as the
background for a multi-color faux finish.
Trim: Skip the standard dark-stained or
white trim by painting your trim gloss black. The
gloss sheen shines brighter on black than it does
on white and your walls will be more striking
trimmed in black. Think of black trim for your
room like the black accents of your wardrobe.
Especially if you have stronger tones for your
wall colors, a nice dash of black on the trim can
give you the striking look your room craves.
The black trim in the lobby of this
local business adds a nice zip!
Front Door: Almost nothing can beat the
very-sharp and classy look of a high-gloss black
front door. The high-gloss sheen helps protect the
paint job so it lasts longer and stays looking
nice. If black is too bold, remember you probably
don’t go in your own front door that often so you
won’t have to see it. Make your home stand out and
your neighbors jealous with your good taste and
A 6 panel door can really look cool
with painted insets.
Interior Door: While the high-gloss
black front door is my favorite, nothing says you
can’t paint an interior door black too. You don’t
even have to do both sides in black- one side is
fine and can be a great starting place. You can
easily pair black trim with a black door to really
jazz up a room.
This faux finish was designed to look
like velvet in a 'movie room' for a local daycare.
Faux Finish: You can go as big or
as small as you want with the versatility of
faux finishes. You can do a whole wall or room
like this movie theater room we did in a
day-care or you can use it as the accent over
a plain color like this faux.
Without the black feather finish over it,
this green would be extremely bright!
because we’re talking about going bold with
black doesn’t mean you should forget one of
black’s primary jobs: to show shadow. Keeping
shadowing in mind, go read my article on The
Thing To Overlook for another idea on
how to use black.