But it can also end up feeling like a gloomy, dark, claustrophobic cave. We make a small commission if you buy the products from these links (at no extra cost to you). Then buy a black paint with the same undertone as the other colors you’ve chosen. In this case, the brown-black from my stairway makeover was accidentally used to touch up the blue-black paint that is in my hallway.
That does bring up one more thing that I’ve learned about black paint…it is very noticeable when you get little dings in the paint! So you might want to keep a small container of touch up paint and a brush close by for quick repair jobs.
That absence of reflected light can make a room seem very dark and cavernous (like a black hole). Although many people think that a black ceiling makes a room look smaller, I haven’t found that to be true.
When the walls and ceiling are all painted black, the corner where they meet seems to disappear.
Add that to the fact that black recedes, and it actually makes the room look bigger.
Texture is always my go-to decorating tool when I want to add warmth to a room. So it’s a great way to prevent a black room from feeling cold.
A velvet sofa, throw blankets, textured curtains, and a plush area rug make sure that my all black home office doesn’t feel cold. Another way to add life to a dark room is by using pattern on the walls.
For a more modern look, long black tiles or dark wood flooring can also be installed on the wall. Breaking up a large expanse of wall with some panel molding, chair rail or even book cases is a good way to prevent the room from feeling like a cave.
Black and white is a classic color scheme that can work in pretty much any room. Using red in a black room creates contrast which plays up the dramatic aspect of the decor.
The red velvet chaises in this media room draw your attention immediately. Blue has the opposite effect of red, and adds a soothing, relaxing feel to a black room.
They look great with black, and also provide some more reflective surfaces, to get that light bouncing around.
If you’re looking for something different than your standard white or wood kitchen cabinets, black might be just the thing.
I painted my kitchen cabinets with a black and silver-blue color scheme which I love. With its organic pattern, animal print is also a great way to add interest to a black room.
With its natural cotton and fluffy down duvet, this black bedroom looks like it’s ready for a good night’s sleep. The lime green chandelier in the dining room above also provides an unexpected pop of color. As I’ve mentioned before, getting light to move around a black room helps to make it look more lively. But a large mirror hung on the wall that is perpendicular to the window will reflect the light further into the room. Making a black room feel comfortable is all about adding warmth, reflecting light and creating some glamour…it’s not as scary as it seems. So hopefully, with these black room decor ideas, you’re feeling a little braver about giving it a try!