Have you considered decorating with black? This color is classic and timeless and works with any style. While many people are nervous that it might make a space too dark, you might be surprised to realize that’s not always the case. Black can be a bold statement when used on walls, but you can also use smaller accents that add a bit a drama.

Decorating with Black - Ideas and Inspiration

Black Walls & Floors

This black accent wall is dramatic and creates a cozy feeling in this living room.

This accent wall on the fireplace makes it an immediate focal point…

Modern room with black painted wall behind the fireplace and gold framed art on mantel
{via Pinterest}

I love the patterned floor on the foyer below and even though it’s bold, it’s offset by the white surrounding it.

European foyer with black and white checkered tiles and white walls
{via Tumblr}

Black Statement Pieces

Or black can be used in more subtle, classic ways, such as with a painted door.

Black front door with transom above and large potted topiaries flanking the door

Sometimes, a single piece of black furniture can bring a lot of impact without being overpowering.  I love all of these beautiful buffets and cabinets!

Black armoire used as a bar with round table and rustic lantern hanging above
{via Pinterest}
Dining room with black buffet filled with white dishes and oval dining table
{via Pinterest}

If a large piece of furniture is too much for you, try something smaller, like a chair.  Look at how this vintage chair has been updated with a modern look!

Black wingback upholstered in burlap with tufted back and nailhead trim
{via Pinterest}

And black works in any room, whether a kitchen…

Black stove with gold accents in a kitchen with white subway tile and copper pots
{via Pinterest}

…bathroom (LOVE this tub!)

bathroom with black clawfoot tub and white tile surround
Via Andy and Candis

or bedroom.

Black Accent Items

Sometimes, even the smallest amount of black can add a touch of elegance to a space, like these beautiful silhouette pillows.

Black chalkboard inside an antique gold frame in a kitchen
{via Katherinerle Photography}
Black urn with a boxwood topiary planted in it and chains hanging down on dining table
{via Just a Little Vintage}

I purchased my guest bedroom furniture from Craigslist and the pieces were all different colors. Painting them all black made them look cohesive, but also make quite a dramatic impact in an otherwise boring room!

Are you daring enough to try using black in your home decor?

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  1. I remember when you did that gorgeous bedroom! I like high contrast so I always use some black, sometimes a lot of black in my rooms. I read that it’s like the mascara of the room and I look dreadful without mascara. ;-)

  2. Connie Brown says:

    I have always used black as accents but when we moved into our home 7 years ago I painted our foyer semi gloss black with 12” horizontal flat black stripes. I still love it today.

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