The 9 Best Black Paint Colors

black paint in an interior

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If you want to introduce intrigue and drama into your home decor, there's no better paint color than black. Dark, moody paint colors are definitely trendy this year. And though you may have shied away from black in the past, when used correctly it can look incredibly modern and chic. Even if you're not ready for full-on black walls, you can experiment with black cabinetry, interior doors, and accents to add dimension to your space.

Here are our picks for the best shades of black paint.

  • 01 of 09

    Best Saturated Black: Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258

    Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black swatch

    The Spruce

    By nature, black is the absence of color, making it the perfect backdrop for nearly every other accent color. One of the richest, most neutral blacks on our list is Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black. This deep black is void of any undertones and pairs beautifully with nearly every shade. It's a stunning color for bedroom accent walls or living spaces and makes a statement no matter what room it's used in.

    Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258

  • 02 of 09

    Best Light Black: Farrow and Ball Off-Black No.57

    Farrow + Ball Off Black Swatch

    The Spruce

    For a softer, off-black, we love Farrow & Ball Off-Black No.57. Though the size of a room isn't a prerequisite when it comes to painting a room black (you can make the color work in a large or small room), we love this off-black shade for smaller spaces because it helps keep the room light and airy while still adding a lot of character.

    Farrow & Ball Off-Black No.57

  • 03 of 09

    Best Dark Black: Benjamin Moore Jet Black 2120-10

    Benjamin Moore Jet Black paint swatch

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    This rich jet black from Benjamin Moore is anything but shy. It's a cool, smoky black that's perfect for interior doors, accents, and kitchen cabinets. Pair with cool, stark whites for a chic modern look. The high contrast between the two colors will help to avoid overpowering a smaller space while adding a lot of visual interest.

    Benjamin Moore Jet Black 2120-10

  • 04 of 09

    Best Navy Black: The Spruce Best Home Elevated Black SPR-C16

    The Spruce Paint color swatch in Elevated Black

    The Spruce

    A black with undertones is a great way to add depth to your space without it feeling too stark or cold. The Spruce Best Home Elevated Black is a deep black with navy undertones and pairs well with lighter blues, greens, and grays. Colored black paints are perfect for living spaces or entryways where you want to add a lot of dimension.

    The Spruce Best Home Elevated Black SPR-C16

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Gray Black: Behr Beluga 770F-7

    Behr Beluga paint swatch

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    Behr Beluga 770F-7 is technically a dark gray, but it looks more similar to a smokey pewter when painted on your wall. The gray undertones in this paint make it a perfect pairing with cool whites and light blue accents and it looks wonderful in bathrooms and bedrooms.

    Behr Beluga 770F-7

  • 06 of 09

    Best Brown Black: Sherwin-Williams Black Fox SW 7020

    Sherwin-Williams paint swatch in Black Fox

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    A black with rich brown undertones such as Sherwin-Williams' Black Fox is a great way to add warmth to a living room or a dining room. This medium black appears lighter in larger, open spaces and darker in smaller ones. Pair with beiges or greens for a welcoming, earthy look that feels cozy and dignified.

    Sherwin-Williams Black Fox SW 7020

  • 07 of 09

    Best Cool Black: Magnolia Blackboard

    Magnolia Home paint swatch in Blackboard

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    Appropriately named, Magnolia Blackboard has a vintage feel reminiscent of a classroom blackboard. With cool gray undertones, Blackboard is a refreshing black that has a velvety look and works in offices, bedrooms, and other cozy spaces.

    Magnolia Blackboard

  • 08 of 09

    Best Warm Black: Benjamin Moore Black Beauty 2128-10

    Benjamin Moore paint color swatch in Black Beauty

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    A warm black can be an incredibly versatile workhorse paint because it adds texture and depth without feeling too dark. Pair with beiges, yellows, or soft oranges for a rich look in living rooms, entryways, or dens.

    Benjamin Moore Black Beauty 2128-10

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Green Black: Valspar Black Evergreen 5009-1

    Valspar Black Evergreen color swatch

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    If you're into the hunter green trend but you want to to keep things a little more neutral, a black-green is a great choice. Valspar Black Evergreen is a gorgeous light black with subtle green undertones that works beautifully in rooms with endless detail. The dimension in the color draws attention to the other details in your room, such as molding.

    Valspar Black Evergreen 5009-1

No matter what shade of black you pick, daring to paint a wall (or walls) a rich onyx color is a great way to make a statement and transform a room. Sure, you'll need to invest in a few cans of primer if you ever want to paint over it, but we think it's worth it.