The design world has been fixated on minimalistic, white-walled spaces of Scandinavian persuasion for the last few years. But the below rooms designed by Clare customers will inspire you to consider the darker end of the color spectrum when designing your home. Using our two deepest neutrals, Blackish and Blackest, these design enthusiasts prove that black walls have a place in bathrooms, bedrooms, and living spaces alike. Whether you add a lick of black paint to kitchen cabinet fronts or go all-out with a floor-to-ceiling accent wall, the hue adds depth, dimension and a surprising sense of warmth to any space. Ahead, find five easy ways to try black walls in your home, courtesy of creative Clare customers on Instagram.
Add Eye-Catching Depth to an Otherwise Plain Hallway
Rather than investing in shelving, wall sconces, and decorative knick knacks to liven up an empty hallway, Lisa of Our Home Becoming went with a punchy coat of Blackish along the upper two feet of the walls. As you can see, it draws the eye upwards and packs a powerful decorative punch for a fraction of the price.
Create Faux-Baseboards for Visual InterestTo add architectural interest with minimal effort, Sandy of Ellee Home tried the color blocking trend in her guest bedroom. Using a coat of Blackest on the lower half of the walls and a corner-to-corner wooden shelf above the bed, she managed to create the look of textured baseboards for a fraction of the cost.
(Photo: @mariah.shealy )
Create Contrast With White & Gold Accents
When giving her guest bedroom a long overdue makeover, Mariah Shealywent with a bold Blackish accent wall to warm up the space. Paired with a gold bed frame, matching wall sconces and crisp white bedding, the hue truly sings and makes the space feel cozy and inviting.
Soften the Look with Oversized Wall Art
If the idea of black walls seems daunting to you, soften the look with light, oversized wall art like Deema of Pretty on Fridays. Between the white baseboards, oak flooring, beige rug, tan throw pillows and large off-white artwork, the black walls — painted in Blackest — function as a palatable accent color rather than an overwhelming dominant hue.
Provide a Blank Canvas for Bold Prints
Similar to the way white allows you to play with a variety of bold prints and patterns, black walls can also serve as a blank canvas for fun wallpaper or artwork. The before-and-after of Grace Yeoul Kim’s guest bathroom is a perfect example — the floral wallpaper, rainbow artwork, and white cabinetry truly pop when laid against a coat of Blackish.
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