We’ve covered all the colors of the rainbow in our series on bedroom color, so let’s turn to black this week. Adding black to your bedroom via an accent wall or as a background canvas for artwork or decorative accessories is the easiest way to add drama. But unless you want to feel like you are sleeping in a cave, I’d avoid painting the heavy hue on all four walls. Instead, pick a wall you want to draw attention to, such as your headboard wall, and use black paint or wallpaper, or black-stained wood paneling, to make this area the focal point.
Below you’ll find eight examples of bedrooms that successfully incorporate a good chunk of black without feeling too dark, heavy or somber, along with tips for working the hue into your own bedroom.
Use black to set off your headboard wall. It makes a great backdrop for artwork or other decorative elements. Just make sure that whatever you hang on the wall contrasts with the dark background; otherwise the object will get lost against the black.
A similar inky black to try: Black Bay DEA188, from Dunn-Edwards.
I love the interplay of the white cubes against the black painted wall. A little black goes a long way, so a partial wall such as this one is a terrific spot for a splash of the strong hue. There’s also plenty of white and light wood tones in this bedroom to offset the black and lighten up the palette.
A similar jet black to try: Pantone Jet Black PN1090, from Valspar.
Black and white photography looks fantastic on a black painted wall. It’s a supereasy way to add an elegant touch to your bedroom.
A similar warm black to try: Black Suede S-H-790, from Behr.
Dreaming in Color: 8 Beautiful Black Bedrooms