Black Friday, Black Décor: Painting Black Accents

Black is a classic, neutral shade that goes with pretty much everything, from the purest whites to the most vibrant reds, from oceanic blues to bright yellows. In home décor, black tends to be used parsimoniously because of its tendency to make a room look smaller and darker.

However, black works great as an accent to bring out the other colors and textures in your home décor. Here are some ideas on how to use black paint as accents in your home design.

Franz Kline Painting number 2 black accent

Franz Kline, Painting Number 2 (1954). In the abstract expressionist art movement, black as a contrasting element is a powerful tool. It’s the same when it comes to your spaces.

A little goes a long way

You don’t need to use very much black to have the desired effect. Simple shapes, small strips and accent decorations in black can do the trick. For example, have you thought about painting your window and door frames black? This small, simple change helps move the eye and bring attention to the shapes and openings of the room.

You can also paint trims and moldings to add shape and visual interest to the room. When set against a white or light background, the effect is striking and elegant.

If you fear black, using it on small but visually important elements like frames, trims and moldings can help get you used to adding black to your home décor.

Black furniture

If your old wood furniture just doesn’t quite cut it anymore, how about giving it a refreshing coat of paint… in black? It will be cheaper than replacing entire sets, and it can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your home.

First, choose the appropriate type of paint. A shiny finish will look sophisticated and luxurious, while a matte paint will make your furniture look DIY and shabby-chic. The choice is yours; remember that a shiny finish will reflect light while a matte finish will absorb it.

A good piece of black furniture needs a lot of white to balance it. Too much black, and you end up in a gloomy, Goth-like room that won’t be inviting to most people, except maybe teenagers. It’s better to use in rooms with lots of windows and natural light.

Accent walls

Another way to use black without committing an entire design concept to it is to use black on a single accent wall in a room. It will draw the eye and tie the room together, especially if using white and bright colors.

Although white tends to wash out bright colors, black makes them stand out and pop. A good balance of black and white is needed as a base (always have white wherever black is present), but adding a single accent color makes a striking and original decor choice. Stick to one, or at most two closely related, accent colors.

All in

Some people just love black so much they can’t get enough of it. And no, we’re not talking about vampires here! Black can be used as a main color for a décor design if it’s done well and thoughtfully.

This striking design features black flooring and walls, black chairs, black cupboards and dark granite island countertop. However, for balance, you have a white ceiling and white walls outside the kitchen, as well as a white countertop and backsplash. A touch of metallic shine helps brighten the whole. The white stool toppers finish this décor.

Here, white is applied as an accent to black (instead of black as an accent to white). It’s successful because the room has plenty of natural light, to which ceiling fixtures are added. This modern kitchen looks sophisticated and elegant, and one can only imagine the sort of gourmet meals coming out of it at dinner parties.

Black everywhere

Black suits any room: a luxurious living room, a sophisticated kitchen, an elegant dining room, an edgy bedroom or a classic bathroom. Whether you like it in small doses or as your main color, black can be a great ally to lovers of traditional, sophisticated, modern or edgy décors.

How have you used black as an accent color in your home décor? How do you like it? Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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