Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Decorating With Black Walls

There ARE those brave homeowners who are willing to take a walk on the dark side and opt for the dramatic and moody ambiance that black walls create in an interior. You have my respect for taking the risk....... with fabulous results. I have always wanted to paint my foyer walls in high gloss black but am taking a break from decorating in my own home.

Black has always been exciting to decorate with but now even more designers are starting to use larger, bolder, swaths of this color. Black walls can bring contrast and sophistication to rooms unlike any other color. Used wisely, black paint can transform your drab space into something spectacular.  I have gathered some images of rooms with black walls that should help you see how you too can pull of this impressive look and "wow" all your visitors.

Henri Samuel

Although not for the timid, black walls are always chic. Black is a wonderful neutral and though it's dark, goes with everything.

Ofer Wolberger, LTD.

The bathroom may be the perfect place to begin with black walls.  Small rooms can actually seem much larger when black paint is used on one wall or two adjacent walls. I love this black lacquered paneling and playful artwork. The white sink and toilet provide the perfect contrast.

Although large rooms with high ceilings are ideal for black walls.........


.......... black can lend great stylish presence to smaller rooms.

Black is very dramatic and has the ability to give bare walls a polished flair. Black walls are a wonderful backdrop for mixing antique and modern elements of design.

Two versions of the same room...........

........designed by Amy Howard.

Black walls will overwhelm if the room is not accessorized correctly. This is one color scheme that lives and dies by the accessory and the accent colors. 

Black interiors are like the little black dress. They can really stand out when you add the perfect accessories. Go for pops of color against the black walls.

Don't forget that black wallpaper can be a fabulous alternative to painted black walls.

John Bobbitt

My preference in painted black walls are those covered in paneling. I think they tend to have a deeper dimension.

A stunning Moroccan style room designed with black walls and marble floors. Yellow really pops against black.

To really bring the drama, choose crisp white upholstery, and accessorize with shiny details such as mirrors and metals. In a room with all black walls, you need to reflect as much light as possible.

Ralph Duesing & John Bobbitt

To make black walls work it is best to keep your ceilings and floors in lighter colors. However, I adore black floors and if you are courageous enough consider painting your floors black as well.  It's high drama!!

Philip Gorrivan

Also, consider using high-gloss paint or lacquer on your black walls. They will reflect light and add sparkle to the room. Flat black can look......well, flat......... and uninteresting. If you want a more matte look maybe try a suede paint for a bit of texture.

Gil Schafer

The black accent wall really draws your eye. This may be all the black you want to get your desired look.

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Black walls don’t necessarily mean a room has to look masculine. You can add glam and femininity by selecting the right accessories, supporting colors, and upholstered pieces.

Here again the high gloss paint reflects light even though the walls are black. This works especially well on wood paneling and trim. I love the use of opulence in a room with black walls so I would definitely add crystal chandeliers and mirrors.

Make sure your walls are well prepped, as chips and impressions will show up easily on black walls.

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Black walls radiate elegance and have a way of making a space look more high end. Classic animal prints such as leopard and zebra are perfect choices for a black interior.

Ralph Duesing & John Bobbitt

Thought of more as modern design, black walls don't have to be confined to contemporary interiors. My favorites are classical rooms which are extremely chic and refined when walls are painted black. Here the faux tortoise shell panels and the 19th-century Venetian-glass chandelier are stunning accents.

Whether you use a touch or a ton of black the result will be spectacular rooms!!

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