Color Trend: Black And Bright

Black rooms {and black accent walls} have been gaining in popularity over the past couple of years.

{Porter House Designs}

Black walls have been on a slow ride to the top, and with good reason:  It’s a bold choice.  Plain and simple.  Black was my first choice when I recently re-styled my sitting room {shown above}.  I painted just one accent wall and left the other ones crimson, at the request of my husband.  Even painting one wall black was a bit scary…

…but I love it!  Using black is very tricky.  Unless your room gets a ton of natural light, has ample artificial lighting or is open to other rooms — I strongly suggest painting just one accent wall.  Yes, this is where an accent wall really makes sense.  Otherwise, you’ll end up with an extremely dark room.

Some designers like to use white furniture and fabrics in black rooms.  That’s OK, but I think using bright, vivid colors looks much better and it’s way more fun!  In my sitting room, I used my red chairs, and brought in splashes of orange, pink, yellow and wasabi green.

Here are a collection of other black rooms that I love:

{mix and chic}

{casa sugar}

{hgtv canada}

{vanessa and valentine}

{miauu}

{homeklondike}

{the style files}

If you decide to paint a black room or wall, here’s an important tip:  Unless your room is very low-traffic — meaning no one will ever go in there — do not use a flat finish.  Black paint in a flat finish is like a chalkboard.  You will not be able to even brush up against the wall without a smudge showing.  For the best results, use either a high-quality, cleanable matte or satin finish.  And bold as it may be, you’ll love having a black space in your home!

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