When we painted our upstairs a few months ago I was wanting everything white, just like I was planning for our main floor. When I looked more closely at our bonus room and saw the wood ceilings (that I love), the wood built ins in one corner, and the bar area built ins in the other, I thought the with all those cherry built ins I wouldn’t get the solid white look I was going for and perhaps I should paint the built ins white as well. When we priced out painting all the walls, trim, and built ins it was more than I wanted to spend. I mulled over the idea for awhile.
Finally the idea came to me to paint the walls black. I wouldn’t have to paint the built ins and the bonus room would be a nice contrast to the rest of the home. I’ve painted black walls before so this wasn’t a scary choice. I had loved them in my master bedroom in our Fern Street Home and still enjoyed the guest bath that we painted black when moving into our Farmhouse.
So I chatted with Steve and the painters came and we told them we wanted black walls in the bonus room. Our painters aren’t fans of painting rooms black, it is less forgiving and takes more coats of paint to cover, but they did a great job. We chose the color Graphite by Benjamin Moore and we love the results. Those cherry ceilings and built ins that were a concern just pop against the black. I love the white, black, and wood tone combination throughout the room. I also love the gallery wall against the black. All the wood and gold and white just look so good in contrast with the black wall.
So if you are thinking about possibly painting a wall black I would love to give you the little nudge you need to just do it. It makes such a statement. Paint is such a cheap way to decorate and is easy to cover up with another color when you are ready for a change. Black walls are a great contrasting color while still keeping the room neutral. They definitely make a statement. I have so many people walk into this room not expecting to like it and come away seeing how fabulous black walls can be. So glad we went with black in this room and I’m excited to continue to pull this room together as we continue to remodel this home or ours.