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Colour Inspiration: Glam it up with black

Black is not often the first or even third choice when it comes to choosing wall paint, but with serious planning and a bit of bravery, you could transform a boring space into dramatic showpiece.

Plan ahead

Any paint project will have some prep work involved, but with black paint you will have to consider the size of the room and how many walls you are planning to paint. While black walls do have the opposite effect on a room than the brightening, space-creating feeling that comes with white, the serious drama they create is often worth the trade.

Colour Inspiration


 A black wall is the perfect backdrop for architectural details like this white arched doorwa, via Apartment Therapy


A simple low slung sofa and noticeably absent art let the walls be the star in this living room via Architectural Digest.


Simple furnishings and a graphic poster are elevated by simple but dramatic black walls in this teen's room via Domino.


. Beautiful blue tile floors and colorful towels pop against a dark background in this bathroom via Made by Girl.


One way to make black work for you? Decorate as you usually would and just trade out the requisite white walls for a decidedly more moody tone, as in this bedroom via Design Sponge.


This sunroom via Lonny, gets a unique spin with black paneled walls creating the perfect foil for its abundant natural light and bright furnishings.


Crisp white bedding adds contrast to dark walls in this bedroom via Chez V, while gold accents reflect the light.


Despite the high ceiling and large windows in this room via Abigail Ahern, an office space feels cozy with deep walls and subdued decor.


Keeping the ceilings white is one way to draw the eye up and keep a space from feeling too claustrophobic, and adding in a statement chandelier guarantees maximum drama, as this bedroom via Domaine Home illustrates.


White furnishings against black walls are a graphic and unexpected twist as seen in this room via SF Girl by Bay.


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