WHY YOU SHOULD PAINT YOUR WALLS BLACK

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Photo by binik/iStock / Getty Images

GO AHEAD, PULL THE TRIGGER ON THE BLACK PAINT.

In an era of bright and white instagramable spaces (yes, we swoon over those too!) - we are think you should paint your walls black. It’s no surprise that I am a fan of dark moody spaces. I try to slide in some saturated color into a project every. single. chance I get.

So here are our top reasons why you should say yes to that darkest color swatch on the paint color fan deck:


  1. A dark room (especially black) has the ability to wrap you in color and create a cozy inviting space that light colors simply can’t achieve. It’s almost like the room is opening its arms to you and pulling you in for a big bear hug.

  2. Other colors will contrast and bounce off like you would’t believe, so the end result is actually bringing more life to the space.

  3. Everyone looks kind of sexy in a black room. Your skin tone will thank you.

  4. Your art will look PHENOMENAL. It doesn’t matter if you are an avid fine art collector, pick up art from the thrift store, have only a few key pieces and a massive collection. Your art will sing on the dark moody backdrop.

  5. It will not feel small, we promise. Okay - so a few factors do come into play with this promise. One, your ceilings really can’t be lower than 8 ft, and if they are, make sure you balance that dark wall with some of the following: light or bright area rugs and drapery OR light and bright furniture, also varying wood tones add interest to a dark space. (really, any space.) Additionally, if you don’t have a lot of natural light in the space, be sure to add ambient lighting through chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps and / or wall sconces.


Here are a few images from some of our favorite moody room projects that feature black walls. So you can totally visualize what I am talking about…

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

There you have it, I rest my case. Hopefully you are now dreaming up which room (or maybe you should just go for it and paint your whole place black!) that you will tackle with this amazing color.

And if you get a little scared, don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

With love & design-y dreams,

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Lisa Gilmore | Roohi Photography