While we're frequently confronted with images of all-white bedrooms, black sleep spaces are definitely having a moment, too. If you're hesitant to hop on board with this trend because you worry such spaces may appear unwelcoming or moody, note that there are so many ways to style a mostly black bedroom so that it speaks to you and your individual style.
First things first: As you enter the design phase, you'll want to take note that are many variations of black paints and textiles from which to choose. "Surprisingly, there are many shades of black," shares designer Courtney Scott of V. James & Co Interiors. "So before committing to a particular shade, I advise doing a test swatch to see how that shade looks during particular parts of the day in the designated room to see how well you like it. Additionally, different undertones may be more or less visible during certain parts of the day and may then clash with your color scheme, so it's important to get a true feel for your chosen color prior to committing." Doing this type of research ahead of time will save you stress in the long run and help ensure that your room is a space that you truly love.
Meet the Expert
- Dana Dyson is the founder of Donlena Design in the Washington, DC, area.
- Chanda Kea is the founder of Kea Interiors in McKinney, TX.
- Courtney Scott is the founder of V.James & Co Interiors in Atlanta, GA.
Another key point to keep in mind as you're designing a black bedroom? The fact that you can most definitely still incorporate an array of other hues. Truthfully, so many colors look stunning alongside black walls, furniture, or bedding. "Some amazing colors to pair black with are white, black, silver, rust orange, olive, and sky blue," notes designer Chanda Kea of Kea Interiors. "Adding brass or chrome finishes can make it look sleek and sophisticated. Leather and velvet add a sense of luxe as well."
Feeling ready to get started on your bedroom makeover? Take a look at the 36 beautiful black rooms featured below, all of which demonstrate exactly why the color black will forever be a classic. We're happy to take full responsibility when you decide that this versatile hue is actually your new favorite color.
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Have Fun With Neutrals
Why yes, you can have a soft spot for the color black and still love your neutrals. Neutral accents can provide wonderful contrast in a bright bedroom. Whether you go neutral in terms of bedding, wall art, or light fixtures (or all three!), you can't go wrong.
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Light it Up
Add a boho style-inspired twist to the bedroom by hanging a beaded chandelier above the bed. Switching out builder-grade light fixtures for ones that reflect your style and personality is an excellent way to customize any bedroom.
Making substantial lighting a priority is important for functional reasons, too, given that black bedrooms can easily appear too dark. Notes Dana Dyson of Donlena Design, "To avoid inadequate lighting in your bedroom include general, task, and accent lighting to set the perfect mood."
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Incorporate Mid-Century Modern Furnishings
Black walls can look beautiful when paired with wooden, midcentury modern style furniture. These pieces often have a low profile and take up minimal visual space in a bedroom, allowing the paint color to really shine.
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Be a Bit Eclectic
Love eclectic pieces? You can still enjoy them in a black bedroom! Here, fun prints and blue bedding pop against this space's black walls.Continue to 5 of 36 below.
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Play With Pattern Everywhere
Name a more chic combo than black and gold, we dare you. This stylish bedroom is ultra sleek and proves that brass, florals, and leopard print can be grouped together flawlessly.
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Add Decorations That Sing
Think outside the box in terms of wall decor and display something 3D, like a guitar (or several) above the bed for some added oomph. The black wall serves as a dramatic backdrop for the beautiful instruments. Just ensure that anything on the larger side is secured with heavy duty hooks so that it doesn't fall down in the night.
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Go Bright With Green
Yes, you can love black walls but also have a soft spot for green. Mix the two for an unexpected pairing that is sure to turn heads.
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Cheers for Checkers
Have fun with checkers! There's a good reason this design has always been such a hit. A black and white throw is the perfect finishing touch to this monochrome space.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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Embrace Black and White All Over
Take a classic black and white combo to the max by utilizing all sorts of patterns in your space. Stripes, swirls, and elegant abstract paintings complete this bedroom.
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Weave In Some Leopard Print
They say that leopard is a neutral, after all. For a glam look, pair black walls with sophisticated animal print and pops of pink. A crystal chandelier only makes this space more elegant and dreamy.
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Keep It Simple With White Bedding
Keep your space simple yet chic with moon phase-themed artwork that pairs wonderfully with deep black walls and white bedding. Dyson is a major fan of this color combo. "Always use a pop of white in a black bedroom for contrast," she suggests.
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Say Hello to Emerald Green
A lesser-known color combo we love? Black and emerald green! The bedroom above shows how nicely these two hues can play together.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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Think Outside the Box With Textured Wallpaper
If you're not wild about the idea of painting, you can install black wallpaper to create a similar effect. This textured print resembles snakeskin and is majorly glam. Keep wall decor to a minimum in order to fully appreciate this cool textural addition.
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Say Hello to Crisp Accents
Try using white bedding in a room with black walls if you seek a crisp look. White sheets are always a classic in any type of space.
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Show Off a Classic Piece
Black walls and a black wrought iron bed are perfect for the traditionalist who likes a little bit of edge. Brass sconces and a woven macrame wall hanging keep this space looking nice and current.
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Get Nice and Natural With Wood Tones
A tall wooden headboard adds a natural touch to this black bedroom—and comes with a slew of benefits. "Use natural wood tones to contrast the black, create warmth, add texture and create a relaxed look," Dyson suggests. A gallery wall featuring both black and wooden frames adds consistency to the space.Continue to 17 of 36 below.
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Start With Scallops on the Wall
Print-happy homeowners, take note! A black scalloped pattern adds a bit of playfulness to this contemporary bedroom.
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Say Yes to Various Shades of Black
More is more in this primary bedroom. Don't feel a need to stop at just black walls! Black curtains, bedding, lampshades and more also make for stylish touches if you're looking to embrace dark hues.
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Don't Forget to Add Pops of Bold Color
Black isn't just for adults—the color can shine in kids' rooms, too. To keep things looking youthful and playful, incorporate color in the form of smaller furnishings and throw pillows. "When doing a totally black bedroom or accent wall, I personally like to add in a little contrast by bringing in bright colors through accent pieces so that the design elements do not get washed out by the dark walls," notes Scott, who designed the space above.
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DIY a Funky Wall Mural
As much as we appreciate a well-styled gallery wall, we do believe that not every wall needs to be coated with frames to be aesthetically pleasing. Love a good DIY? For a fun twist on a traditional black wall, try adding a geometric mural. There's no need to hang artwork when you can paint a design that inspires you.Continue to 21 of 36 below.
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Add Some Sweet Pink Accents
If you're looking to mix in some softer colors, pink is a no-fail winner. Light pink bedding and wall art will add some sweetness to an all-black room in an instant. This sophisticated space proves that the color isn't just for kids' rooms—adults can appreciate it, too.
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Forgo a Headboard Entirely
We get it—headboards can be expensive and difficult to incorporate in bedrooms that are on the smaller side. But if you don't have one, that's no problem; a well-painted wall is all you need. Black and white photographs complete this minimalist yet stylish space.
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Make It Farmhouse
Farmhouse design lovers will want to take a cue from this black bedroom that boasts all of the essentials: A charming olive tree, a cozy knit throw, and a woven basket.
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Show Off Your Glam Side
Bring on the glamour! "To create a sleek elegant look in a black bedroom use straight lines in your furniture," Dyson advises. An oversized painting and fuzzy throw make this bedroom fit for a queen (or a "Prince"!).Continue to 25 of 36 below.
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Don't Forget About Art
Framed black and white abstract art is the perfect finishing touch in this soothing primary bedroom. Whether you purchase eye-catching pieces or make some yourself, you will enjoy having something pretty to admire by your bedside upon waking up each morning.
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Lighter black hues that lean closer to the gray end shine alongside darker shades in this primary bedroom. If you're unsure about fully embracing the color, starting with an accent wall can be a great way to experiment.
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Bust Out the Mustard Yellow
We love the idea of pairing mustard yellow with black. This chair's velvet material only makes it look more luxe. This space flawlessly combines boho style with a bit of Victorian glam.
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Jazz Up Those Bed Pillows
It's truly the little details that can have the greatest impact when decorating. Layering different tips of black-toned patterns atop each other adds visual interest to this bed. Who says pillowcases have to be blah, after all? Day to day essentials shouldn't be boring.Continue to 29 of 36 below.
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Bring On the Board and Batten
Black walls are only made more fun with the addition of board and batten. A geometric pattern will modernize any room in an instant and add major personality to boot.
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Pick Up a Plant
Go green! Adding a plant or two to an all-black bedroom is a wonderful way to keep a space feeling fresh and lively despite the overwhelmingly dark hues.
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Camouflage Your Collections
When living in a small apartment, sometimes it's essential to keep clothing and accessories out on display due to a lack of closet space. Painting the walls behind open shelving a deep black can help disguise any appearance of clutter—which is beneficial even if your display is ultra-organized like this one.
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Think Sky High
Get dramatic with a black leather headboard that hits the ceiling. Though full of masculine touches, this bedroom does have plenty of charm thanks to the glimmering chandelier on the ceiling.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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Lay Down on Linen
Don't be afraid to pair a linen bed with deep black walls. There's no need to purchase a brand new bed frame just to achieve a monochrome look. The mix of tones adds intrigue to the space above and adds a soothing touch.
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Love That Leather
There's no reason to steer away from pairing black walls with leather textiles. The mix of tones and textures in this space appears well thought out and unique. A low headboard keeps the space looking nice and casual.
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Incorporate This New Neutral
In this black and white bedroom, a pink comforter is used as a neutral. If the color is a bit outside your comfort zone, note how fantastically it can pair with dominant black tones.
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Think Long Term
Black furniture will never go out of style, making it a great option to incorporate into a child's or teen's room. All you have to do is change out bedding and accessories as your kiddo's preferences evolve.