Decorating With Black: 13 Ways To Use Dark Colors In Your Home


#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? 🙂

paint bookcase interiors black (test with paper first to see how you like 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)

black painted inside kitchen bookshelf (via The Kitchn)

If you’re not full into black, gray works, too — isn’t Thrifty Decor Chick‘s home library amazing?

built-in shelving with painted gray interior (Thrifty Decor Chick)

The Rozy Home hunted down a great deep blue color for the interior of her cabinets:

dark blue painted interior cabinets (The Rozy Home)

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).

black painted tall built-in bookshelves (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.

How to paint a brick fireplace Black

Tanya from Dans Le Lakehouse painted her brick fireplace a dark gray for a similar look — featured here. 

Living Before and After with Dark Painted Fireplace, Dans le Lakehouse on Remodelaholic

A black mantel is a show-stopper! (via Better Homes and Gardens)

black painted stone fireplace (BHG)


#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).

painted black kitchen wall (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).

dark painted focal wall (Life On Virginia Street)

Black beadboard gives some drama to a small powder room (featured here). painted black beadboard, bathroom wainscot

And you can make black a little more fun by making it… chalkboard! (via BHG)

black chalkboard walls in dining area (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)

black hallway ceiling, photo ledge (via Apartment Therapy)

To make a tall ceiling cozier (via Apartment Therapy)

black painted ceiling to make a tall ceiling cozy (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)board and batten wainscot with dark gray wall and ceiling (via sfgirlbybay)

See more ways to decorate with black on the next page –>

page 1: black trim and doors (plus colors)
page 2: black bookcases, fireplaces, walls
page 3: black kitchens, baths, and more

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  1. I personally prefer light colors when it comes to decorating, but these ideas are simply awesome! The dark colors here are moderate which is crucial for the good decor! Thanks for sharing!

  2. You don’t really say much about what finish you recommend when painting your doors black, is there any one you particularly recommend?

  3. I’d love to know the name of the paint color used on the black kitchen cabinets with white subway tiles (via Decorola)?

    1. You might get a screen shot to use as inspiration and take it to the paint store–but the light in a room has a HUGE impact on the paint color in any room. If the room has large east facing windows the same black paint will “read” differently than a room with small windows facing north. The best approach is to try a color swatch on your wall, and look at it in the daytime and at night (under artificial light) and pick the color you like best!

      1. Thanks for the comment, Margaret. Yes, lighting makes a huge difference! We appreciate your input <3

  4. I love the grey kitchen with the wood countertops. Would you put stainless steel appliances or black stainless steel appliances?

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