I Want to Paint It Black

I just started a new Pinterest board this week called “And I Want to Paint It Black,” and it has nothing to do with The Rolling Stones.   Adding a dash of black accents always makes a space look more sophisticated.

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If your room looks too light and sweet, a few black accents make the room feel more grounded, more grown up.  It also covers up a multitude of orangey wood furniture!

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Have you ever considered painting the backs of your bookcase black?  Just see how great it looks:

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Paint a dated light fixture black, and there may be no need to replace it after all!   Unite a photo grouping  (like I did in this post) with a simple can of black spray paint.  Paint a mismatched chair black, and now it seems to belong after all. Need I go on?

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Of course, I also love it on interior doors (see this post) and even on window trim (interior or exterior).

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Come follow me on Pinterest to see what other things I want to paint black!  What would you paint black?






  1. If you paint interior doors black, do you need to do ALL the interior doors? Is that a case-by-case decision or do they all need to match regardless?
    And I love, love, love that black mirror in the next to last picture!

    • Jamie,
      Ideally if I recommend painting interior doors black, all the doors visible from the common space should be black. You could just one floor of the house (not the upstairs). And French doors look FABULOUS painted black . . .

      • Our French doors are metal and we are planning to paint them black, just wondering if oil is the best choice and is semi gloss a better choice then satan?

  2. I’m considering reviving an old upright piano with a little black makeover. . .

  3. LOVE the bookcases!

  4. I have a weakness for black – love it – and when I painted my honey oak Colonial style rocker black I couldn’t believe how much I liked it! It works so much better in the room now… and my Uncle that gave it to me would be happy to know that I still have it… but maybe a little alarmed that it’s now black ;-)

  5. Yes yes yes, to it all! That first photo and the photo with the built-ins backed in black are really great. I made the decision a little while back that our home needed more black in it. I’m going to start following you on Pinterest Kristie.

  6. I’m a Black & white kind of gal, when it comes to chic decor…
    The entrance in the first image is gorgeous!
    Have a lovely day Kristie
    Sonia xo

  7. I love black accents…and usually add them to every room. Currrently considering painting my stair handrail black like the enty in your photo – stunning!
    BTW – I also LOVE the Rolling Stones! :) ~ Laura

  8. I’m with you, Kristie. I LOVE using a little black in every room. Regarding your photos above, the bookcases with black backgrounds are stunning!

  9. Ruth Buffington says:

    I painted all the woodwork in my daughter’s room black. It looked so good, my other daughter wanted her woodwork black. Now I think I’ll paint all the woodwork in the house black, I love it!

  10. Maryanne says:

    I have a two story foyer and I don’t know what to do! I painted the interior front door black and was very happy with it. I then painted the door to the basement black and a small accent wall when you first walk in the front door . Now I’m in the process of painting my entire foyer a taupe color. My question is : should I paint the second story doors black too? You can see them as soon as you come in the front door .

  11. Sunny Penner Cox says:

    So here’s a question – I keep coming back to these shiny black cast iron sinks. Nothing special – just regular chunky black shiny sinks. I know it’s all white and “biscuit” and s-s-stainless these days, but I am thinking wood countertops and pale cabinets in chalk paint, and trying to keep it light. Sooo…black sink too much? Or nice “pop” of black? It’s a bungalow, so nothing too modern or too French can happen here. I had thought cast iron cabinet pulls, too. Thoughts?

    • Sunny,
      I like the sound of that! In fact, I think a black sink would look great in a bungalow. Just make sure you repeat the black, like in your cabinet pulls or light fixtures.

    • A black country sink sounds amazing! Thanx for the idea – have black slate tiles on mud room floor, into bathroom and laundry room, am in process of deciding on cabinetry for laundry room and a black sink wasn’t something I had considered, even tho’ I agree that every room needs a bit of black. Just word of warning: black is fabulous but we aware that you have to keep it spotless all the time. LOVE my slate floors but you should see them after two big dogs come racing in after a snowfall! Thank goodness they mop up as good as new!

  12. What was the name of the tv show, where the newscaster had a house painter that almost lived there? oh, yeah! Murphy Brown! That was a while ago, but a favorite. That’s what I need!

  13. Your site has helped so much…just working up the courage to add black to each room. I love the taupe color in your entry way, do you know what color it is?

  14. Didn’t finish, also wondered what color black you have found to be the best.

    • Hi Michele,
      I don’t know what exact color is on the wall of that first photo, but it appears to be similar to Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray. And for the black, I like Benjamin Moore’s Int/Ext Black.

  15. April Smalley says:

    What do you think about painting a run of the mill white mantle fireplace black? I really want a completely new area built over my fireplace. With that said, I can afford to paint it right now.

  16. I just painted the exterior of my front door red for the holidays and I absolutely love it red but I have been wanting to paint the inside of that door (along with my other interior doors) black… would that be like walking into the Queen of Hearts Manor?

  17. Beautiful stair case – I’m going to do this! Assuming I would use gloss paint but any other steps I need to know? Do you paint the exposed wood on the side of the steps but leave the steps wood? Sand first, prime? Any advice or reference on how to do this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, love your advice!

  18. I am considering painting some of my bedroom furniture black. I have this furniture for a long time. Bought it as a set. It is now in the orangey stage. Just deciding if I should paint only the bed? Get rid of the matching nightstand altogether?? Paint the dresser too? Am moving to a new home in next couple of weeks and need a fresh look. Ideas are appreciated.

  19. hi Kristi
    I just bought 2 chairs just like the ones that you painted the fabric,.in the light color
    what was the fabric on the chairs ? My chairs are white demark print
    white on white , I think the fabric on my chairs are a poly silk? the frames are crackled in a light cream color with the under paint in a muster color.
    I would like to paint the fabric in black what do you think of the color black on this fabric
    don’t know what color to paint
    frame yet ..any suggestions .


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