Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Black Beauty - Are You Brave Enough to Try This at Home?

Sometimes good design is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking a risk.  Painting a wall black definitely takes courage and commitment but I think the end result is so dramatically stunning that it's totally worth the risk. Are you brave enough to try black walls in your home?  

If you're thinking about taking the plunge and by painting an accent wall black or really showing off and painting a whole room black, there are 2 things I think that are crucial to making it work.
  1.  To avoid it feeling too "goth" or just plain scary, the space should have natural light or at least be well lit by overhead lighting, wall sconces or lamps.
  2. Contrast is a must! If the walls are black, use bright pops of color or crisp white accents (i.e. molding, picture frames, sculptures) to add contrast to the heavy wall color.
I LOVE dramatic walls!  So with these things in mind, I decided to give it a try. I wanted a dramatic look for the  VERY small entryway/vestibule of my home.  So I painted it with a flat black paint, then, for more interest, I stenciled over it with a glossy black paint. Here's what that looked like (Sorry for the cell phone pics).  

But of course I didn't stop there.  Next I added contrast using a cute little sunburst mirror I scored for less than $10 and framed it with a cool and crisp white modern frame.  Still didn't stop there. 

 It still felt like it needed more. I'm definitely not a minimalist. Can you tell? 

So I added some antique gold frames and another white frame for balance.  Have you ever worked on something and have to step back and look at it to determine if you're done or should keep going? I stepped back and look at the wall and loved it. Mission accomplished. A small dose of chic in the entryway to welcome guests. 

 What do you think? Would you try this at home?


  1. Saudah I just did this in my place too!! Painted one wall black I absolutely love it :)

    1. That's awesome Saima! Yes I think a black wall is super chic especially when you layer it with pattern or art. Can't wait to see yours!