#4: Cabinet Interiors and Bookcase Backings
It might seem counterintuitive, but painting the interiors of your bookshelves or cabinets in a dark color like black can actually help reduce the visual clutter of whatever is on the shelf, as with our built-ins. Plus, we hid a small TV on the shelf… can you find it? 🙂
Not sure how you'll feel about black bookshelves? Test it with black paper first!
Contrasted with a bright backsplash, this dark kitchen bookcase backing looks great! (via The Kitchn)
If you're not full into black, gray works, too — isn't Thrifty Decor Chick‘s home library amazing?
The Rozy Home hunted down a great deep blue color for the interior of her cabinets:
Or, rather than painting the backing, using black shelving on a light wall makes for a great statement, especially on this large wall! (via A House in the Hills).
#5: Dark Painted Fireplace
If you have a dated fireplace like we did, sometimes a good coat of paint is in order… See our tips here.
Tanya from Dans Le Lakehouse painted her brick fireplace a dark gray for a similar look — featured here.
A black mantel is a show-stopper! (via Better Homes and Gardens)
#6: Black Accent Wall
An accent wall is a great way to give a space some character and color, and a black wall can provide some class!
In a white and neutral kitchen, a black wall with a large calendar gives depth to the space (via The Kitchn).
If flat black isn't your style, give it some textured with a paneled wall (by Life on Virginia Street, featured here).
Black beadboard gives some drama to a small powder room (featured here).
And you can make black a little more fun by making it… chalkboard! (via BHG)
# 7: Black Ceiling
Painted ceilings, while a decent amount of work, make such a statement! See some colored ceiling options here, and consider black for a few reasons:
To add drama (via Apartment Therapy)
To make a tall ceiling cozier (via Apartment Therapy)
To make a regular ceiling height room feel larger — paint the top part of the wall a dark color too! (via SF Girl By Bay)