Having a recently painted a room black, I’ve realized there are more decisions to make than just what color is going on the walls. A dark room can be so striking, but where do you stop with the color? Do you paint the trim? Which parts? In my latest article for BH&G, I share five dark—but not daunting—paint colors. But, once you settle on one, here are a few ways to approach the process of painting your room:
My favorite look for dark rooms is to saturate the entire space with color, by painting the trim, windows, built-ins, everything. This is a dramatic look and can feel really cozy. It is somewhat of a commitment, but I think painted windows and trim can be a pretty big (design) payoff in the overall look.
In our front room (that’s now part of the kitchen), I opted to leave the windows, crown molding and baseboards white because I knew this space wasn’t staying black for the long term. And, I like how dark paint makes white trim pop. I did decide to paint the chair rail because I was afraid the room would end up looking like a big tuxedo if I didn’t. . .
But, what if you have wood trim? Nicole’s living room is a pretty example of how well dark paint works. The combination of rich black (or navy) against a warm wood tone is hard to beat.
This image proves that dark paint can work with tall ceilings; you may just have to be more strategic about where you paint. Using a white wall treatment on the lower half and a dramatic black on the top keeps it from feeling too heavy—and really shows off those great ceiling angles.
And, I had to include this example. It would be a job, but I LOVE using dark paint in the reverse. White walls + black trim, ceilings and doors is an amazing combination. Would you ever commit to painting all of your trim black?
Ready to paint? Find some great dark color options here: