I finished painting my front door black yesterday. I love how it looks.
Now I need to get the door casing prepped, primed, and painted. And then add the wainscoting to the walls. (That antique white color on the lower part of the walls around the door is the original color of the room.) But those will have to wait for another day. For now, I just wanted to paint my door black.
I used Behr paint in a satin finish for my door. (I just really don’t like semi-gloss paint.) And the color is actually just black. If you want pure black, you don’t have to select a black-ish color with a fancy name and a complicated formula from one of the paint cards and try to guess which one is the purest black. Nope. If you want pure black, just go up to the desk and ask for it. This black is as true black as it gets. It’s not gray-black. It’s not a super dark charcoal. It’s not an off-black. It’s not black with blue undertones when you look at it in the can. It’s just pure, deep, jet black. It’s my favorite.
Black interior doors seem to have become a trend, but I was painting interior doors black back in 2010.
To me, they’re classic and gorgeous. And hopefully very soon, all of my interior doors will be painted black.
I’m always so amazed at the way that adding black to a room really ups the level of sophistication and elegance of that room. It somehow makes the room feel more grounded. It makes a room have more depth. And I wish to goodness I could articulate what I mean by that statement, but I really can’t. That’s just the feeling I get when I add black to a room. More depth.
I’ve heard it said many times that every room needs a little black. I think I agree with that statement, at least for my own house. My entryway now has black in it. I added black to my living room.
And I’ll soon be adding a bit of black to my kitchen in the form of artwork on my tile wall.
In my opinion, there really are no rooms that are immune from the power of black. Even used in rooms where you wouldn’t really expect it, like a baby girl’s room, it really makes a difference. And I don’t think it takes away from the girlish, feminine look of the room at all.
One of my favorite uses of black in a house is on a staircase. This one even has black risers. It’s a bit unusual, but I think it looks beautiful!
More often, the risers are painted white, which looks really beautiful with either stained or black steps, and a black handrail.
The concept even works for exteriors.
That house would have been very pretty painted yellow and white. But there’s something about the addition of black that takes it from “very pretty” to “WOW!” And it doesn’t take much black at all. Just a little will do.
So what do you think of the “every room needs a little black” concept? Do you agree? Disagree? Is this something you try to do in your own home? I’m definitely going to start making a conscious effort to add at least a little bit to all of my rooms. I just love what it does to a room.
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