Color Roundup: Using Black in Interior Design

OK – I know that you might be a bit scared to use a lot of black in a room (especially on your walls). But if you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to use black in at least one of your rooms for 2013. As you’ll see in the examples I’ll show you today, black – when used correctly – lends sophistication, drama and punch to a space.


Pittsburgh Paint color Black Magic used in a design by Thom FiliciaIn a rustic room, black adds a restful quality to this light-filled space designed by Thom Filicia. He used Pittsburgh Paints Black Magic as the color.


black walls and cream sofa in a beautiful living roomA room with a lot of natural light, large mirrors, some cream upholstery and matted artwork doesn’t look dark and moody.  Contrast always brings interest and light to a seemingly dark space.

even in small spaces, black is beautifulIn small, intimate spaces – black can be the impetus for conversation and reflection.  Add sprightly dashes of color to make sure talk and meditation are positive!

use black in artwork for your wallsThe graphic nature of black and white lends itself easily to artwork.  Not only does this piece speak in text…it speaks in emotion, volume and contrast.

Using Black Chalkboard Paint…for Interest, Functionality and Art

blackboard wall by Michelle


My blogger friend, Michelle, created this beautiful black chalkboard wall in her home that is not only functional – but beautiful as an accent wall.

Using Black in the Entryway

Black, even in small doses, can liven up an entryway. Whether it’s on a door, your stairs, in a wallpaper, lampshades or in a fabric – black will get noticed.


using black in an entryway

painting your stairs black, using black in an entryway

black-blue-feminine-wallpaper-art-nouveau Janet Rice home from the Lennox

black accents in an entryway


Using Black in the Bedroom

It’s the one space where you want enough peacefulness so that you can get some rest – so why not use some black. Add some white graphic draperies, to punch up the contrast…or stencil a faux headboard in gold for interest. Used as an accent wall – it’s a lovely way to be dramatic in a soft way. In a very feminine room, adding black will help your husband or significant other to feel more “at home.!”


a contemporary bedroom using black  on the walls and white graphic draperies

blackwall bedroom with gold stencil and headboard impressive interior design

black accent wall in a bedroom

black upholstered headboard in a bedroom


Black in the Bath

Black works in small spaces as well.  Why try to hide a small space – celebrate it by giving it some stature. What about adding a jolt of color to a black bath – like yellow…orange…or green?  For a child’s bath – add functionality and fun by adding chalkboard furniture. For an elegant and unexpected bath, how about a black vanity?


black and yellow bathroom

black bathroom with orange

blackboard bathroom furniture by Devon & Devon

graceful black sink and vanity


Black Kitchens and Dining Rooms Anyone?

Though very un-traditional, black cabinetry can update a tired kitchen in a hurry and under budget. A black dining room tells your guests that you are anything but predictable!

black cabinetry from Bodie and Fou

black dining room with large white moldings and blue accents

black dining room

black and white dining room


Using Black in Office Spaces

You want your office to be a place that is serious enough to be professional and believable yet fun enough to make you want to spend a lot of time there – in a space that inspires you to be creative. Black fills the bill.

black accent walls in an office



black office atmospehereinteriordesign7


Some Favorite Blacks:  Martha Stewart’s French Bulldog Black; Benjamin Moore’s Black Satin; Pittsburgh Paint’s Black Magic.

Not quite ready for all black?  Try charcoals like Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain and Witching Hour.

So – I hope that I have convinced you to, at least, think about using black in your rooms.  A small accent…a focal wall…a full 4 walls of black – I know that you will love the punch and liveliness that this {supposedly} lack of color can add to your space!!

If you have used black in your home – even just painting a piece of furniture in black…let me know your experience in the comment box below!  Ah come on!  Leave a comment – even to tell me how you feel about black interiors!!

Image credits: 1) Thom Filicia vis House Beautiful 2, 10, 14, 19, 22) Freshome  3, 6, 11,12, 23)  via Impressive Interior Design 4) Art by Barteski 5) Michelle  7) Architectural Digest Espana 8) Via The Lennox 9) via Desire to Inspire    13) Atmosphere Interior Design    15) unknown  16)  Alberto Demel via Cocoboro  17)  Cocoboro  18) BodieFou   20) Atmosphere Interior Design via Freshome     21)

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5 Responses to Color Roundup: Using Black in Interior Design

  1. I love how black is used in every part of the house and it is perfect. Thank you for sharing these inspirations, it is beautiful.
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  2. We are addicted to black. We use Black in almost all of our projects — how can we share them with you? 🙂

  3. Lucille says:

    Great to see this lovely interiors in your space. Love everything here! The color, furniture and the rugs too! I think my favorite space is the living room, that design is so gorgeous and unique!

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