Don’t be scared. The secret to success is using a black with a tinge of blue, so the darkness has depth. An expanse of it is easier to pull off on built-ins or behind open shelves, where you can layer white objects and plants to break up the color. This is Black Blue by Farrow & Ball, or try Dark Night by Sherwin-Williams.
Set a little back from the street, this adorably chic home uses a low wall to enclose the front yard, making a slightly more private space and enhancing its entertaining potential. Black paints crisply sets off the windows and front door.
This etagere was also sourced at an Atlanta thrift store. Henderson repurposed the piece with black spray paint to fit with other black metal items like the coffee table and mantel mirror in the room. Better still, if the etagere paint gets chipped in transit you can always cover those glitches with a fresh coat of black spray paint.
Black paint on the hardwood floors of this petite bedroom make a dramatic statement in the small space without being too overwhelming. On the side wall, a narrow shelf serves to display artwork and collectibles.
Traditional architectural details become modern when midnight black paint covers the ceiling, trim and walls. A white lacquered desk provides contrast, as do the pale hardwood floors and white window treatments.
Contrast is key in this bright white kitchen. A white marble countertop on the kitchen island contrasts the black countertops elsewhere in the room. White barstools stand out against the black-painted island base.
Black-painted walls give this nook a cozy vibe while complementing the narrow rustic bar waiting to welcome guests. Wall shelves offer convenient storage, while a collection of vintage mirrors visually enlarges the space.