If you want to introduce intrigue and drama into your home decor, there is no better paint color than black. You might have shied away from black in the past, as it is a bold color choice that can be intimidating. But when used intentionally it can look incredibly chic. Black paint is a timeless color that goes with everything. And even if you are not ready for totally black walls, you can experiment with black cabinetry, interior doors, and accents to add dimension to your space.
- Color Family: Black
- Complementary Colors: N/A
- Pairs Well With: Black works with virtually any color.
- Mood: Dark, mysterious, dramatic, bold
- Where to Use: Black paint is good for living areas, bedrooms, doors, cabinetry, trim, and even home exteriors.
Here are our picks for the best shades of black paint.
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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, saturated black is void of any undertones, so it will pair beautifully with nearly every other shade. It is a stunning color for a bedroom accent wall or living spaces but will make a statement no matter which room it's used in.
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For a softer, off-black, we love Farrow & Ball Off-Black No. 57. Although the size of the room isn't a prerequisite when it comes to painting your walls black (you can make the color work in a large or a small area), we love this off-black shade specifically for smaller spaces. It helps to keep the room relatively light and feeling open while still adding a lot of character.
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This rich jet black from Benjamin Moore is anything but shy. It's a cool, smoky black that is perfect for interior doors, accents, and kitchen cabinets. Pair it with cool, stark whites for a chic, modern look. If you have a smaller space, the high contrast between the dark and light colors will help to avoid overpowering it while still adding a lot of visual interest.
When going from light to dark walls, it's best to start with a tinted primer. Look for one with as dark of a gray base as you can find. That way, you will be able to cover your walls with the black paint in fewer coats. Likewise, black paint isn't that difficult to cover when using a good primer if you ever want to change up your walls.
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A black paint 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 it pairs well with lighter blues, greens, and grays. Colored black paints like this are perfect for living spaces or entryways where you want to add a lot of dimension.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Behr Beluga is technically a dark gray color, but it looks more similar to a smokey pewter when painted on the wall. The gray undertones in this paint make it a perfect pairing for cool whites and light blue accents. And it looks wonderful in bedrooms and bathrooms, where it will pop next to white fixtures, reflective surfaces, and metallic hardware.
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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 the paint color with beiges or greens for a welcoming, earthy look that feels cozy and dignified.
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A warm black, such as Black Beauty from Benjamin Moore, can be an incredibly versatile workhorse paint. It can add richness and depth to a space without feeling too dark or stark. Pair this color with beiges, yellows, or soft oranges for a luxurious and cozy look in living rooms, entryways, and dens.
Try experimenting with a black paint color on the ceiling. The color can help to draw the eye up, and it can make a beautiful light fixture really pop.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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If you are a fan of hunter green but you want to keep your walls a little more neutral, a black-green is a great choice. Valspar's Black Evergreen is a gorgeous light black with subtle green undertones that works beautifully in both large and small spaces. The dimension in the color will draw attention to the other details in the room, such as crisp white molding.
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Some black paint colors take on a purplish hue, as is the case with Behr's Black Garnet. This rich paint color can lean both formal and casual depending on your decor. And it will really make white trim and doors pop. It is perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms to give off a sophisticated but cozy vibe.