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6 Brilliant And Beautiful Black Rooms

NOVEMBER 5, 2019
Photo credit: Nicole LaMotte for One Kings Lane

Your first instinct of rooms in black might be that it's going to feel dark and maybe even a little austere. But we're here to tell you that a black backdrop can have quite the opposite effect. For instance, a room painted in black and filled with clean-lined designs and light upholstered pieces can feel warm and uplifting, while one accented with touches of gold and brass can instantly have an opulent look and feel.

Another surprising advantage is that black paint colors have a way of amplifying natural light, which is a major plus, especially when the days get shorter during the winter months, all the while playing up a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. For those of you still not convinced by the bold beauty of black, we've gathered our favorite spaces below that showcase how the dramatic shade can work anywhere—from the walls in your living room to the kitchen and bath. Read on and get inspired. 

Not a fan of dark rooms but need some expert color advice? Explore our Design Services and see how a Decorist designer can help with your project. 


casual eclectic living room with black wallsPhoto by Leslee Mitchell for One Kings Lane. Interior by Pencil & Paper Co.

A Coolly Casual Living Room

Once you've decided to go with black walls in your room, the best approach with furnishings is to opt for wood pieces balanced with pops of white, as in this laid-back and family-friendly living space.

Think of black the same way you would contrast white walls with woods and other darker hues to keep the room from appearing washed-out. Having notes of white in your upholstery, seating, and even art is key to lightening up the overarching black palette. To round out your space, work in wood pieces and other bright color accents, such as pillows, art, vases, and even a vibrant rug—all of which will help to expand the focus beyond the black walls. 


brightly chic modern dining room in blackPhoto by Alyssa Rosenheck. Interior by Decorist Celebrity designer Jessica McCarthy

A Brightly Chic Gathering Spot

One of our favorite qualities of black rooms is how easily it lends itself to a chic and modern look. We're referring to spaces that feature beautiful streamlined pieces alongside sleek stone accents, metallic touches, and soft, luxurious textures.

This black dining room reflects all of those elements, with its modern farmhouse dining furniture, gold accent mirror and stool, and sheepskin and a vintage-style rug. The walls here also bounce natural light beautifully throughout. The result is an open-feeling gathering space that has an at-ease atmosphere and a polished look. The collection of black-and-white, rock-'n-roll photographs add another dose of chic edge. 


boldly modern black kitchen
Photo by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane. Interior by Thom Filicia.  

A Boldly Modern Kitchen

There's so much to love about an all-black kitchen, which has a way of exuding a sense of warm modernism you can't always find in its all-white counterparts. Black cabinets have a decidedly contemporary look that perfectly complements stainless steel appliances—even better than white—and black tiles, if you do take that route, have a way of reflecting light that gives them a lustrous gleam. Also for consideration: Choose white tableware and stoneware pieces to go with your black kitchen, as they will stand out beautifully. 


warmly elegant black sitting roomPhoto by Manuel Rodriguez for One Kings Lane. Interior by John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross.

A Warmly Elegant Sitting Room

Beyond laid-back, warm, and modern, black has traditionally brought a refined air to rooms, as evidenced by this sitting room and home library. With its classic decorating elements—wood paneling and molding, sofas, and chairs with nailhead trims, patent leather, and floral pillows—this black library takes on a tailored and sophisticated look. If you have wood paneling, try painting the top half black, or if you want to set off a specific area in a room, consider painting an accent wall to bring dramatic focus to one wall. 


glamorous black powder room
Photo by Leslee Mitchell for One Kings Lane.

A Lavishly Glam Powder Room

With a small functional space, like your bathroom or a walk-in closet, you can play up a stylish and dramatic mood with black walls all around. Brass and gold notes, along with hardware, will shine in a small black bathroom, which instantly gives them polished, even glamorous appeal. Take a cue from this compact powder room, where a sculptural gold mirror and brass sconce make for few but lavish statements.


cozy modern minimalist black guest bedroom
Photo by Leslee Mitchell for One Kings Lane.

A Deeply Cozy Guest Room

A black bedroom can provide an embracing effect that promotes comfort and coziness. If you're reluctant to opt for the shade in your bedroom, try it out in a guest bedroom, where you can easily play up, or down, your furnishings for either a spare or layered look and feel. We're of the clean-lined approach in an all-black guest room with a curated selection of graphic bedding and art, as in this quiet den. 


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