Design Inspiration: Black Doors

Design Inspiration: Black Doors

Leah Moss
Jul 10, 2009

We all know that black is one of the most sophisticated of colors, but for light-starved people like myself, it's often written off as too dark for airy interiors. So, how to get the chic -appeal without the gloom-factor? Black doors of course! High gloss or low sheen, paired with white or black trim, they're a perfect example of timeless class. Check out some of our favorite examples...

FIRST ROW
1 These chic highgloss black dutch doors are a Thomas O'Brien special. He has classic style with modern appeal down cold.
2 Another high gloss beauty. Due to its reflective nature, a high luster sheen adds glamor and drama without weighing down a room.
3 The unexpected black on the french doors bring just enough weight to this clean-lined traditional living room.
4 If you, like us, leave your exterior door open most of the time you're home, it's nice to have an outside door color that compliments your interior as well as it does your exterior entrance.
5 Black creates a regal focal point to an otherwise blank entry.

SECOND ROW
6 & 7 Door colors do not have to match the trim. We love these examples of black doors paired with bright white molding and door casings.
8 & 9 However, to up the drama, black trim is hard to beat.

We love the striking transformation of Chris Kauffman's (Just Beachy) entry which she accomplished with the help of a chic black door.

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This is a great solution for avoiding the cookie-cutter look in a home lacking architectural interest.

Tip: For the most luster-y sheen, use a high gloss oil paint such as Benjamin Moore's high gloss Impervo, and apply it with a sponge roller for a smooth finish. Latex is fine for lower sheens, but even coating it with glossy polyurethane will not achieve the same luscious look as oil paint. However, if you're looking for a low VOC (actually zero VOC) interior paint, we've heard great things about Mythic's high gloss latex paint.

(Images: 1: Thomas O'Brien via Habitually Chic, 2: William Waldron, 3: Country Living, 4: Don Freeman, 5,8,9: Living Etc., 6: Domino via frolic!, 7: Miles Redd, 10 & 11: Just Beachy)

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