Paint Your Bedroom Black

Black paint isn’t only limited to gothic-inspired decor or teens that need to rebel (though if you do have a rebellious decorative teen, here’s some good advice.) In fact, black walls done right can add high drama and elegance to any room.
Here are a few tips for working with black paint:
+ Any dark paint easily identifies chips or uneven surfaces in a wall. Make sure you properly prep before you paint and sand down any blemishes.
+ Opt for a matte finish. High gloss or semigloss will only highlight imperfections.

+ Keep the ceiling and the trim white. A dark ceiling makes a room feel smaller and a bright trim will create clean lines and a contrast to the dark.
+ Apply several coats. If you’re going to go black, make sure the paint is evenly coated, which may take three or more layers.
Do you have a black room? If so, I’d love to see it!
Photo courtesy of Kelley Interior Design

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Mike Keliher

    Hi. I liked the projects and ideas you linked to in this post, and we wrote about it in our first “link love” post on the MLuxe blog.