Paint Picks: Be Brave Using Black

In fashion, black is a staple color. You need a small black dress, a traditional black suit and a pair of heels and all are considered an absolute must to get a comprehensive wardrobe. However, when it comes to interior design, black is a paint color that lots of shy away from, but it may make a huge impact in your property.

Just like your own wardrobe, the color black can serve many functions in a space. Black can earth a room which has a great deal of color, provide comparison for high impact and make a mood and drama that makes guests and you take notice, much like that little black dress.

Below are a few great ways that you can use black paint into your insides to pack a punch and elevate your space.

Beth Dotolo, ASID, RID, NCIDQ

In this space, the white Murano Glass chandelier has been intended to be the hero. I had this ceiling painted a flat black so that the ceiling would basically evaporate, along with the chandelier could be championed. As opposed to making the space feel closed in, it actually makes the ceiling feel as though it expands infinitely.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

As opposed to painting the whole room, this space was intended for selective effect. The wall which houses the fireplace has been painted to anchor the room and draw your eye to that focal area of the space permitting the rest of the decor to pop.

Michelle Hinckley

When painted as a all-over color on the walls, either black or a dark shade of grey can make a huge effect. The bedroom revealed here is incredibly dramatic, but not as harsh as you’d anticipate. When you comparison black with lighter colors it aids the space to feel more spacious providing you with the feeling of positive and negative space. A flat paint will also provide you a softer appearance than a paint using sheen.

Dunlap Design Group, LLC

Another great way to use black paint will be on your base and crown molding. Whether this space had white trim it would not be quite as dramatic. The black accent frames the room and anchors the space. It also produces a departure in the builder’s standard finishes and gives your house a customized and tailored appearance.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

All these Dallas homeowners painted their kitchen cabinets a high gloss black. I really like that the black paint created a drama in the kitchen giving it an almost fashion forward look.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Another excellent low-commitment way to present black in your space is using a piece of furniture. A couple coats of paint in a high-gloss black paint will breathe new life into any slice.

There are lots of creative ways to present black paint in your space which goes above and beyond just plain black paint. We all know that chalkboard paint is a huge trend these days in interiors. I just love this homeowner selectively painted the toilet door with chalkboard paint. It adds such life to your house because you are able to customize it.

Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

Another creative way to utilize black paint is by painting stripes. This hallway feels as though it has been expensively wallpapered, when you can definitely make this look with a little paint, a continuous arm along with some patience. Many home improvement stores sell laser degrees that project a line on your wall to make guides for painting.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

Below are some practical tips for using black paint:

Tips for painting wall finishes:
When painting walls & ceilings a flat, satin or eggshell paint finish is ideal. Keep in mind that whenever you have textured walls, the more glowing you go the more noticeable the texture, cracks and flaws. Flat has the tendency to be more absorbent which may show fingerprints, but may also give a softer appearance and minimize any defects or cracking your walls may have. To the contrary, you may choose to go to get an eggshell or satin finish to safeguard against absorption which occurs in a moist area like a toilet, like the one shown here.

Tips for painting millwork and furniture:
When painting trim, doors, or furniture, a semi-gloss is a superb option. Semi-gloss paint is easy to wash. Whereas horizontal paint will show fingerprints and glossy paint shows scratches more readily. It is a terrific easy-to-clean finish for high-use areas.

Dark paint is a great addition to any space. It can create drama, set a mood, or just anchor a room or item of furniture. But you chose to use black paint, a sleeker and more stylish space is just a weekend project away.

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