When you see a car that's been "murdered out", it's got a black on black, matte finish. Well, decorators can also use paint to add some attitude to decor. When you paint ordinary objects matte black, they look badass, leaning more stylish than sinister. More practically, flat paint helps hide a multitude of sins in a way that glossy or lacquer finishes won't.
Wall of Shelving (above): The black on black look of Pella Hedeby's back wall makes the shelving recede and the objects stand out instead.
Your Closet: My Domaine showed us this super sleek space. The black becomes a perfect backdrop for the clothing to stand out. Crisp white shirts will never look better.
A Fireplace Wall: Tanya from Dans Le Lakehouse (via Design Sponge) transformed this wall from a random mix of brass, concrete, faux stone, and wood paneling into a cohesive and modern surface.
Storage Units & Lockers: Painting furniture — like the IKEA PS — matte black is more do-able for the average person, but you still get a dramatic look. Via
Planters & Containers: I love how these tin cans from Gal Meets Food become stylish with a little flat black paint. Also, the green looks amazing in comparison.
Side Tables: These tables from The Design Confidential started out as plain wood, and it wasn't until they were painted that they achieved their style destinies.
Glass Vases & Jars: Just when you thought you had done everything you could do with Mason jars, along came these blacked-out beauties from My Everyday Lifestyle.
Kitchen Walls & Appliances: This kitchen by Florence Lopez, and all its appliances, is nothing short of daring.