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This Accent Color Has the Power to Transform a Room

By: Sarah Beaumont

September 20, 2017

Image via Architectural Digest


If you ask the average person how they want their home to feel, they’ll probably use words like bright, welcoming, and cozy. But since the darkest shade on the color wheel doesn’t often fall under any of those categories, people tend to avoid using black in their homes. Yet black doesn’t always mean dark and depressing. When used tastefully, it’s timeless and effortlessly chic — just like the little black dress. This dark tone causes drama in a room (the good kind) by creating contrast and making the elements in your space that you want to stand out, shine. Don’t believe us? Read on for ways to enhance your home by using black as an accent.


Blackened Kitchens

You probably don’t want to blacken your food, but allowing a few things in your kitchen to take on a dark, charred color is totally acceptable. Consider dousing your cabinetry in an inky shade of ebony for a bold effect on the entire room. Or if you’re still feeling on the fence about the whole black thing, try a set of simple, farmhouse chairs around your kitchen island or swap out your hardware for black knobs. Even the smallest changes can make a dramatic difference.

Frame It In Black

Black window frames make both an interior space and the facade of a home feel more lively. When framed against white, the contrast creates high definition and adds layers of visual interest. Have unique architectural features that you want to make pop? Define elements like exposed ceiling beams or ornate railings with a coat of pitch-black paint.

Mix it Up

Black accents aren’t just for super modern homes either. From glam contemporary rooms to those that feel like cozy cabins, dark accents belong in every space. Take interior designer Kelly Wearstler for example. Her work is highly glamorous, and it almost always includes a pop of black rather than say, a lot of pink.

Glossier Dining

Don’t get us wrong — we love black and pink paired together as shown in the bold dining room above. But if your tastes are more traditional, opt for a less extreme look and try painting your built-in or buffet a deep shade of ebony.

Bathroom Black

When it comes to bathroom design, there’s nothing as cool as black subway tiles from floor to ceiling. Plus, they hide dirt and grime better. We also love the look of black hex tiles against white subway tiles, especially when they come with an inky clawfoot tub. If you’re not up for a full bathroom reno, a black-rimmed mirror, cabinetry, or even just a glossy planter can have a similar glamorizing effect.

Accent It

A black accent wall is one of the most drama-filled features you can add to your home. Its depth of tone helps expand a smaller room, but it also can bring a certain warmth and coziness to a space.

Black accent walls work well in smaller areas like stairwells, kitchens or bathrooms. But dark paint can also have a calming effect on a space, which makes it perfect for the bedroom. Just be sure to add a few other neutrals and pops of brighter colors. Because when it comes to black accents, you can have too much of a good thing.

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