Proof That Black Rooms Don't Have to Be Gloomy

Proof That Black Rooms Don't Have to Be Gloomy

Marlen Komar
Sep 22, 2018
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You don't have to be afraid of going black with your walls. The color might have the reputation of being gloomy and moody, but when done right it's anything but depressing. In fact, using black is a surefire way to add a touch of elegance, creativity, and drama to a space, allowing you to flex your creative muscles and go with something that isn't just the standard white walls that take up our Pinterest feeds. If you have been hankering to try out the black room trend, below are some examples to jog your inspiration.

Perfect for Showcasing Plants

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A black room is perfect for showcasing a jungle of plants, making the moody space feel cozy and alive with all the greenery surrounding it. Hang them from the walls, tuck them into corners, and turn the space into a greenhouse.

Make Your Bathroom Dark

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Don't worry, your bathroom won't feel like a tiny hovel if you paint it black—on the contrary, it will instantly make the space feel stylish and memorable. But if you're uncertain, you can always take a baby step and just paint half the room black, focusing on the top half of the walls and the ceiling.

Make Your Bathroom, Like, Really Dark

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Or if you're ready to commit to an all-black powder room, then let this one from Home Bunch inspire you. They used white and gold accents to make the space feel airy, and painted shiplap to give the room a little bit of texture and interest.

Use Lots of Color

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They key to making a black living room feel lively is to use lots of color. The black walls will act like the perfect accent for saturated rugs, colorful lamps, and a dizzying array of cheerful prints.

Go With Dark Wallpaper

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To add some interest to the space, you can use dark wallpaper rather than just painting walls a solid black. This oversized floral motif from Ellie Cashman makes this laundry room beautiful rather than drab.

Go Minimalist

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To make a black bedroom feel open and airy, try going minimalist with your furniture. Add large mirrors to help open up the space, and add white accents in the form of Moroccan rugs, vases, and candlesticks.

Leave Your Crown Molding White

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To make the black walls really pop, leave the frames around your windows and your molding white.

Add Texture

The trick to making a dark room feel cozy and not vampire-inspired is to add texture. A fluffy Moroccan rug, quilted bedspread, and knit blankets help make this space feel homey.

Mix Unexpected Colors

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Have fun with your black color scheme and mix unexpected colors together, like Paper & Stitch did with in her entryway. She made the black walls pop by pairing them with a light blue door and a powdery red rug.

Add Drama to a Dining Room

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Do you feel like your dining room could use a facelift? Add some drama to the room by painting the top half of the walls and ceiling black, and then adding white paneling to the bottom half to create a striking contrast. It looks especially attractive when styled with mid-century pieces, giving it a retro vibe.

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