The idea of painting a wall black, let alone any dark color, can send some people running for the hills. It might strike some as counter to any good decorative advice—wouldn’t dark walls make a room look smaller, colder, possibly more depressing?
We’re here to tell you that, contrary to popular belief, a dark room can do quite the opposite. From making a small room look larger to adding some beautiful contrast to your space, painting your walls dark might just be the best thing you ever did for your home. Below, we’re sharing fifteen spaces that show just how amazing a dark wall can look and why you might just want to consider it..
Black Bedroom Walls
Pops of neon color are heightened alongside the dark wall in this living room. Via SFGirlByBay and Elle Decor South Africa.
Beautiful furnishings and fixtures come to the fore against the dark backdrop of this office designed by Suzy Hoodless.
Dark Gray Living Area
Dark Walled Sitting Room
Emerald greens are given a vibrant look against the dark-hued paint of this room. Via Milk Magazine.
Black Painted Brick Walls
Although exposed brick may be a selling-point in New York real estate, sometimes giving it a nice coat of dark paint can look even better. Via The Design Files.
Dark Blue Walls
Black Living Room
Designed by ODA Architects, this New York City residence uses black walls to embolden its industrial look. Via Architectural Digest.
Deep aubergines and golds rub elbows in this moody room styled by Catherine Huckerby.
Dark Blue Bath Tile
Designer Fay Toogood defied tradition and covered her bathroom in a dark Moroccan tile. The look is both relaxing and romantic. Via T Magazine.
White elements pop like stars against the black wall in designer Christine Dovey’s master bedroom.
Dark walls can create a moody backdrop that enlivens natural elements like wood and linen. Styled by Derek Swalwell.
Black Dining Room
Copper accents shine bright against the dark wall in this dining room. Via House & Garden.
Black Sitting Room
Furnishings and found objects are elevated to high art in the Greek home of collector Alketas Pazis. Via Yatzer.
Dark Gray Bedroom
A textured grey wall diffuses light and adds romance to this room. Styled by Hans Blomquist.