Before & After: An Almost-Black Guest Bedroom

This guest bedroom was the easiest room in my new house for me to decorate, because I immediately knew I wanted to paint the far wall very dark.

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After comparing lots of almost-black paint swatches, I settled on Valspar's Locomotive and had it matched in Behr paint-and-primer. The bedding was another easy pick; I had been eyeing it for months at West Elm. I added in the same blinds I have in the rest of the house, and the nightstands are secondhand finds.

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I kept the artwork in similar dark tones, and my dad helped me hang some paper lanterns I collected on sale (the bottom one lights up). I like the color combinations in this room and the fact that it's imperfect. I know I'll keep adjusting things, but the dark wall alone makes me happy.

Images: Kim Rinehimer

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