Paint It Black

If you took a look inside my wardrobe, you'd probably have a few thoughts run through your head. Am I looking at a solar eclipse right now? Does Wednesday Adams live here? Did all these clothes get dyed in some sort of reverse-bleach freak accident? The answer to all of those is no. I'm just a fan of black. It's simple, it's chic, it's how I like my coffee. The Stones had it right - paint it black.

Black has made an reappearance into interiors, and stuck around long enough to not be considered a trend. Black creates a feeling of luxury, and pairs with essentially any style. Check it out...

1. Doors

Yes, black doors. When I moved into my current condo, the first thing I did was paint my doors black. I went with a matte finish, which admittedly shows finger prints like crazy, but looks cool as hell.

At our "Just What the Doctor Ordered" job (above), we painted all the interior doors, exterior doors, and exterior trim Benjamin Moore "Onyx" 2133-10 in a Pearl finish. It looks amazing!

2. Washrooms

Sleek. Stylish. Black in the bathroom packs a big punch. Whether it's on the walls, or in the details, it instantly makes any washroom feel luxurious

Source: Home Design Etc

Source: Home Design Etc

Source: Delux Colour Gallery

Source: Delux Colour Gallery

Both the bathrooms above have a very classic style. The bathroom on the left achieves this style by pairing a glossy black vanity with white walls, counter top, and a black & white tile. If you're looking for a modern take on the "classic" black & white bathroom, get inspired by the image on the left. White subway wall tiles, a gorgeous white free-standing tub, a white vanity, then BAM! Black painted walls from the tile to the wainscoting. That's impact.

Source: Design Milk

Source: Design Milk

For the very bold, check out this minimal black-on-black(-on-black!) washroom. Stunning. The geometric floor adds an interesting element to the room, and the open vanity prevents the space from feeling too small.

3. Shelves

 

Source: Residence Style

Source: Residence Style

Source: The Decorista

Source: The Decorista

Want to bring black into your interior but afraid of the dark? Try some shelving! Shelving and built ins look more like furniture pieces & will help you ease into the darkness. Black shelving provides the perfect spot for displaying libraries and making menageries stand out. Give it a whirl!

4. Dark & Dreamy bedrooms

Honestly, I don;t know why it's not more common to paint a bedroom dark grey or black. They are just so cozy! Using rich fabrics like velvet and suede will create a soft, comfortable bedroom to compliment dark walls & furniture.

Source: We Are Scout

Source: We Are Scout

Hearing "black bedroom walls" may bring Marilyn Manson posters & moody teenagers (hello, 2004 self) to mind, but no sir, not this bedroom. (Above) Dark hardwood floors, black walls, & a black four-post bed look so classy & chic...I can just imagine cuddling up with an Anne Rice novel and a glass of red wine in here. 

Source: Laura Butler-Madden

Source: Laura Butler-Madden

Worried that a black bedroom is too harsh? Mix things up with different patterns & textures like the bedroom above! The wainscoted walls add depth to the room. A floral print duvet keeps the bed from looking like a bad scene from 50 Shades, and layers of pillows are begging to be snoozed on. The cozy, textured black quilt ties complements both the walls and the bedding with a mix of hard and soft.. Time for some zzz's...no sleep mask required.

Be bold, friends. Try bringing black into your home. And always remember...

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- Aims