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When it comes to selecting a neutral paint color versatile enough to transcend time and trends, white seems like the obvious choice. But in recent years, designers have offered an unexpected alternative: black. Don’t be fooled by its dark, dreary reputation: Black paint has the same enduring versatility as its lighter counterparts, not to mention that it can give a space a dramatic edge. And applied in the right arrangement, a few cool coats can make a room appear bright, airy, and incredibly spacious, making it a great choice for kitchens, powder rooms, and any place that could use a bit of heat. punch.
But as the saying goes, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and black paint is no exception. With so many shades available, choosing the right shade for a project is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So it’s no surprise that once a designer finds a shade that ticks all the boxes, it becomes a benchmark for all types of projects. For a journey to the dark side of the color spectrum, AD PRO spoke to 11 designers of their choice black.
Monet Masters and Tavia Forbes, Forbes + Masters
The great thing about Limousine Leather Behr is that it is a true black that bears no shade of blue or brown.
Dark Magic by Sherwin-Williams is a great option if you are looking for a true black. This color is fantastic because it is bold and crisp with a timeless and sophisticated touch. It really adds a bold dose of drama to any space you apply it to!
Unfaithful Heart by Benjamin Moore is my all time favorite. Not only is the name captivating, but so is the color. Although it is a very dark color, it is full of pigments that reflect and diffuse light, making even the smallest corners glow and bright. In fact, I love this shade so much that I used it when designing my sister’s New York apartment.
Gioi Tran, Applegate Tran Interiors
We find that saturating a room with just one color really makes the space bigger – it keeps your eyes from catching the ceiling and walls as separate planes and dividing the space geometrically (which can be shocking). Uniformity of coverage of all surfaces in a single color translates the area into a cohesive environment.
For this project in Atherton, California, we painted the dining room in Farrow & Ball’s No. 57, Off Black. This shade of black has just enough warmth to resemble deep graphite and takes on the color black in a warmer, richer and more complex tone. The ceiling, woodwork, walls and doors are painted in this unique color, with the walls in modern emulsion and the woodwork and wainscoting in eggshell for a slight sheen.
I like Glidden Onyx Black because it’s so deep and brooding. People think painting something dark makes things look smaller, but the opposite is actually true.