Why You Absolutely Need One Black Painted Wall

Posted on November 20, 2018

House painting follows certain trends just like the world of fashion does. Rosy pinks are in this year and swapped out the next for cool blues. The trick for color professionals is to take trendy colors and create a balanced aesthetic for a home that stands the test of time.

One of the main ways they do this is by recommending black as a compliment or accent. Black adds character to every part of the home, inside or out. It creates a modern and clean aesthetic. It adds character everywhere it’s used. It’s showing up more and more in properties around the country.

Some homeowners will be reluctant to commit to a black interior (or exterior) paint scheme. But a black wall can ground your design in ways other colors can’t.

Why? Because black never goes out of style.

Bottom line, using black paint is not only fashionable, but it’s also more versatile than you might think. Let’s take a look at some interesting ways homeowners can incorporate this enduring color.

Why Black?

Black is a bold color, so you might be thinking “it’s not for me.” But incorporating black is easier than you think.

In fact, it fits with any decorating style or personal taste. It’s such an adaptable color, anyone can find great uses for it.

“Black is modern. Black is transitional, classic, and timeless. It draws attention to the organic elements and allows them to stand out, which feels really good to the eye,” says color expert Susan Newcomer of Beautiful Home, CertaPro Painters® Interior Design.

One of the most persuasive reasons to incorporate black is its pairing capabilities.

Black pairs exceptionally well with other colors; it makes them appear more vivid and rich.

Simply put, black makes colors look better and brighter. This is an essential principle of color theory and design. You might be thinking, “that might work for clothing or a decorative painting, but I’m not so sure about a house.”

Here’s the kicker that surprises most homeowners — black paint design works the same way for houses. What’s more, it works both inside and outside of the home.

A Dark Exterior Makes A Bold Statement

Black makes the perfect canvas for other colors to pop. Just think about what this means for the exterior of your home as the seasons change.

An exterior black color scheme makes spring and summer greens come alive. It makes spring flowers more beautiful, fall leaves more vivid, and winter snow even brighter.

Black actually enhances Mother Nature’s seasonal colors. It increases a home’s curb appeal by drawing in the beauty of each season and making it work for you.

And like we said, black isn’t just visually attractive on the outside.

Why Black Interior Paint Just Works

Just as black makes exterior colors pop, it can make your furniture, picture frames, and decorations inside your home pop.

Imagine the modern look of a black accent wall in your bedroom with family photos hung in turquoise picture frames. Place some matching turquoise throw pillows on the bed. Beautiful!

If you enjoy a retro look, picture your kitchen with black walls, white floors, and lots of red accents. This is a modern take on a classic look that will turn the heart of your home into the most unique room in your house.

If you have a lot of natural wood in your home, black will make its organic tones even more attractive. Picture black stair treads with white risers and spindles and a handrail stained in a walnut shade. Jefferson did it at Monticello, and it still looks gorgeous today.

The sky’s the limit. Black does a lot of heavy lifting when you use it as your base color, especially when you use it as a contrast to the other colors in your unique decorating style.

If you’re like the growing number of homeowners around the country that are turning to black, the question isn’t how you can use it in one room of the house. It’s “how many?”

About CertaPro Painters®

CertaPro Painters® Can Help You Choose How to Use Black

It can be difficult to decide how to use a bold, dark color such as black. Luckily, black paint design has plenty of creative options to offer both the interior and exterior of your home.

All that’s left is picking your palette. That’s where the home painter experts at CertaPro Painters® come in. We offer a free consultation with a trusted advisor to help you decide on a black interior (or exterior) paint scheme. If you want to learn more about using black as a statement color, contact us today.


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