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

#8: Black Kitchen Cabinets

I've confessed my love for white kitchens, and our kitchen in this new house is white, too — but that doesn't mean I can't admire a dark dramatic black kitchen!

This black kitchen remodel is beautiful! (featured here)

contemporary black kitchen cabinets

Using charcoal instead of a true black lessens the “black” while still having the same dark drama. (featured here)

dark charcoal gray kitchen cabinets DIY

Painting just a section of the cabinets, such as a range hood or kitchen hutch, adds interest to a lighter colored kitchen. (Susan Serra on flickr
black painted kitchen hutch (Susan Serra, kitchendesigner)

Warm up the dark cabinets with a wood countertop (and subway tile never hurts!) — so gorgeous! (via Decorola)

black kitchen cabinets with colorful knobs and wood countertops

#9: Black Kitchen Backsplash

If you're wanting some drama (in a good way) elsewhere in your kitchen, step it up with a dark backsplash.

A chalkboard backsplash is a great way to change and personalize it as often as you want! Draw a message, a pattern, or whatever fits your style. (The Lettered Cottage).

black chalkboard backsplash (The Lettered Cottage)

Subway tile is classic, and black subway tile adds a modern edge, plus grounds an all-white kitchen. (Urrutia Design via DecorPad) See tips for installing your own subway tile backsplash here.

dark subway tile backsplash, BM Super White cabinets (Urrutia Design via DecorPad)

A full-height brick-style backsplash gives some modern-meets-classic style to this gorgeous black and white kitchen (via Better Homes and Gardens)

black subway tile backsplash in a black and white kitchen, coffered ceiling (BHG)

#10: Black Countertops

This one isn't so far out there — but black countertops can be so gorgeous in any kitchen! (And it doesn't have to be granite.)

A coat of black paint turns dated into faux soapstone in this lovely white kitchen (Assortment Blog).

painted black faux soapstone kitchen countertops (Assortment Blog)

Black countertops looks great in a grey and white two-tone kitchen, too! (via Apartment Therapy)

two tone gray and white kitchen cabinets with black countertop (via Apartment Therapy)

A dark gray kitchen looks great with black countetops, too! (via Style Me Pretty)

gray kitchen cabinets with black countertops (via Style Me Pretty)

Don't love your wood cabinets? Try pairing them with a black countertop like this! Obviously yellowish builder grade oak won't look quite like this no matter how gorgeous the countertops (and sink!) are, but it's worth a shot, right? (via HGTV)

beautiful kitchenw ith wood cabinets and black countertops and apron sink (via HGTV)

#11: Black Bathrooms & Vanities

Black paneled walls look elegant without being stuffy in this bathroom makeover (featured here).

A classy black vanity was matched with a light blue and white trim in this bathroom (featured here).

black painted bathroom vanity

A marble vanity top plus other patterns keep this black and white bathroom looking fine! (The Shabby Creek Cottage).

black vanity and mirror frame (The Shabby Creek Cottage)

A white vanity and mirror frame and a multicolor backsplash keep this black bathroom bright (featured here).

dramatic black painted bathroom remodel

Painting black or dark gray above a white wainscoting is a great way to add both style and drama to a small room, without overwhelming it (featured here).

black painted powder room

This charcoal bathroom is stunning, thanks to a white vanity and wood toned mirror to break up the dark spaces (featured here).

charcoal dark gray painted bathroom

#12: Use Black to Define a Space

Any time you use a dark, dramatic color, you're defining a space — but it doesn't have to be a whole room or an accent wall. Think outside those confines, and use a dark space to define a room or nook in an open layout.

Dark purple defines this entry niche, while also helping cut out some visual “noise” by having the shelf and bench the same color. (via Apartment Therapy)
dark purple painted entry foyer (via Apartment Therapy)

This modern home uses colors to define different areas in an open concept– what do you think? (via Apartment Therapy)

use a dark color to define a space (INT2 Architects via Apartment Therapy)

#13: Decorate with Black Accessories

And last but not least — if you're not ready to slap paint on the walls or cabinets — give black accessories a try! This is one area that black has been popular for awhile, thanks to good ol' oil rubbed bronze spray paint. It's great for updating cabinet and door hardware, curtain rods, and just about anything else… including lights (via Liz Marie).

painted black farmhouse light (Liz Marie Blog)

You can also give black a try for office accessories (featured here).

black and white office space

Okay, I know this a door, but I'm now counting French doors in non-traditional places as home decor accessories, okay? 🙂 (Down To Earth Style)

black french door (Down to Earth Style)

This girl's room is bright and fun, but the black accents help it “grow up” a little bit — and it's one of the most popular rooms on our site! (featured here)

black and aqua girls room

So, will you be adding more black to your home?

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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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!