The Reasons You Should Use a Black Paint Color in Your Space

I often use a little of the color black in the overall color palettes I create for clients. There are several reasons why you should use a black paint color in your home. I’m going to show you what those are by featuring black paint color placement in my recent collaborative project with Kole Custom Home Builders.

reasons to add a black paint color to your space

1) A black paint color adds formality and sophistication.

Here was the build-out of the breakfast area of the new home. The builder used horizontal shiplap to create texture for the walls of this room.



I specified white for the shiplap walls and trim, all in a semi-gloss finish for easy clean-up and light reflection. I had the painters top the room with a darkish grayed blue color and finish it out with a black paint color on the windows. Just the windows here, not the trim around the windows.

black windows shiplap room


Even this informal breakfast room – it’s shiplap, afterall – looks a bit more formal with the eyeliner effect of a black paint color on the windows.

Here’s the before of the kitchen in the house:



The after is a stunning example of using a black paint color in a white kitchen design. Here, I had them paint the windows AND window trim black for dramatic effect. The island is black, too, of course – which pulls out the veining in the countertops. That black range hood just tops it off beautifully. You’ll notice the shiplap breakfast room is just off to the left of this photo.

black and white kitchen design


I decided to have them paint ALL the windows of this house a black color, so it’s a thread that runs throughout the entire space. The light fixtures and the fireplace tile repeat the black color. Looking at it after the fact, I wish I had had them do the backs of the bookcases black, as well. Hindsight is 20/20 . . .

black island designer kitchen


2) A black paint color emphasizes focal points.

This upstairs bonus room needed a light color on the walls, as well as a focal point.



Light gray walls and white trim brightened things up, while the black windows, wood beams, and light fixtures draw you back into the cavernous room.

slanted ceilings wooden beam design


The black fireplace tile definitely draws your eye.

black tile fireplace


The master bedroom had lots of interesting architectural detail to work with.



To avoid it becoming too busy, I specified a white paint color for the trim and ceiling beams. The black windows emphasizes the views and the warm gray paint color is a soothing choice for a master bedroom.

wood beams in bedroom design


3) A black paint color can draw your eye through a space.

A little black at the end of a hall or corridor can draw you down a hall or across the room, like the black windows you encounter when you hit the landing of the stairs.

benjamin moore sweet spring paint color


And, last but not least:

4) A black paint color can keep a space from becoming too saccharine.

Here’s another lovely bedroom. The softest gray green on the walls and a gray blue ceiling could have looked too “sweet” without a little black paint color in the space. Sometimes something sweet could use a little salt:

gray paint color with black windows


There’s lots of ways to enhance your architecture with a black paint color. Check out my posts about black doors, as well as other things you may want to paint black.

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