Top Paint Colors for Black Walls + Painting a Black Wall in the Living Room
Black has been on the brain and here are my TOP PAINT COLORS FOR BLACK WALLS…
From bronchitis to a broken furnace to dealing with bitter below-zero temps, it has been a bustling few weeks. But the biggest focus of my spare time around work & kids activities has been going BLACK in the living room.
A few weeks back, I mentioned my plan of action to completely change the living room upon selling almost all my furniture to a friend. Even though they were material things and didn’t work for the space, I held on to them way too long. Once the room was cleared out, I felt freed. It was an interesting feeling to feel liberated by furniture. Typically I give the advice to others to just let it go, but it ‘s easier said than done. Anyway, part of the plan for changing the space was to paint the walls + the mantel. Over the years as the paint hues around our home have evolved to more cooler tones, the living room space was one of the last to be updated.
Ever since choosing navy for my office (check out my favorite navy paint colors), I have had a passion for deep + dark hues with whites + lights layered in. I’ve also been dying to paint a wall black. Crazy sounding to some, yes, but it’s such a dramatic, fierce, and strong color (here are 23 inspirational spaces that black on the wall is awesome). I knew black was finally going to get it’s moment in the new living room space of our humble abode.
Hello Black! I know it looks blue in the pictures, but it’s black.
A before and after of the overall wall will give a better sense of the change in color…
The color I chose for the fireplace wall is Valspar Black Heron and it’s a soft, charcoal black that in my opinion resembles the coloring of a chalkboard. It has a slightly blue undertone and looks awesome with the other lighter hues I used in the room – Valspar Silver Thistle Down on the other walls and Valspar New Ream for the fireplace.
Even though the wall is darker now with the black paint color, the overall room feels so much larger.
With the in-progress picture above, you are seeing a sneak peek of what is to come. Here are more details on what will be going on with this wall…
Moulding. Accessories. Layers. A lot more is to come before this room is complete, but progress is being made starting with the fabulous, new black wall!
Choosing the Best Black
Black paint for walls is a great neutral choice other than the typical gray, taupe, or beige. Black is bold, unexpected, and a beautiful hue to add white + lighter layers.
Like the array of white paint colors to choose from, there are just as many blacks and there are a few things to consider to deciding on the best black for you…
3 factors to choosing how a black wall color will read in a space depends on:
1. the natural light filtering in during the day
2. the artificial light in the evening
3. the undertones of the paint color
After looking at too-many-to-remember black paint colors, here are my favorites:
> 1 – Valspar Black Raven (a soft black with a slight blue undertone)
> 2 – Benjamin Moore Black Satin
> 3 – Valspar Kettle Black
> 4 – Behr Totally Black (a true black hue as seen in the boy room makeover by the Hunted Interior)
> 5 – Farrow & Ball Off-Black
> 6 – Valspar Black Heron (the color I chose)
> 7 – Benjamin Moore Black Suede
> 8 – Benjamin Moore Oynx
> 9 – Benjamin Moore Black Beauty (a warm black that works beautifully with stained wood as seen in the home of Making it Lovely)
> 10 – Valspar Dark Kettle Black (a deep black as seen in the bedroom makeover of Oh Happy Day)
> 11 – Sherwin Williams Caviar
> 12 – Benjamin Moore Black Berry
> 13 – Behr Cracked Pepper
You know you want to paint something black now… So what black will you choose for your next painting project?!