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5 Rooms That Show You How Beautiful Dark Paint Can Be

Don’t be afraid of the dark (décor). These spaces work a little black magic that make a dramatic statement – even after All Hallows’ Eve.

Faye deGavre


Oct 20, 2021


4 min read

5 Rooms That Show You How Beautiful Dark Paint Can Be

Few holidays prioritise interior design like Halloween. Not only is it a great time to introduce some darker elements for autumn, but it can push you outside of your comfort zone. Still, this seasonal décor is met with some trepidation. Although fake spiderwebs and a black-and-orange palette are undeniably festive, there are other ways to get into the spirit without the clutter. One sure way to do this is with dark paint. For eerie-sistable interior design, take a look at this selection of rooms to die for that know how to use dark paint colours.

Rooms that know how to use dark paint on walls

- Image credit: Emily Rickard Design

This wickedly creative living room unifies the space using near-to-black wall paint. This very dark green paint knows no bounds with saturated skirting boards, panelling, mantlepiece, walls and even the ceiling. While we have a tendency to think that leaving the ceiling while will make it look higher, painting it the same colour as the walls blurs the lines between where the walls stop and the ceiling begins. This creates the illusion that ceilings are much, much higher. It’s a little slice of genius.

- Image credit: Alexander James Interior Design

When it comes to larger, utilitarian furniture pieces – like built-in bookcases – using dark paint encourages them to blend in (and not stick out visually) to help your walls look longer. When paired with dark floorboards, velvet tub chairs, a delicate glass table and lots of warm and moody lighting, the black wall paint creates a dramatic study.

- Image credit: Up for Grabs Interiors

With dark paint colours, you can play with the finish to make it look as polished or rough as you’d like. In this gorgeous gothic space, the feature wall is awash of black paint, roughly finished to create dimension and texture. To lift the heaviness of the dark, the watercolour bed linen and wooden headboard create that lived-in look.

- Image credit: Alex Dallison

Black paint isn’t just for bare walls. Douse your kitchen cabinets in matte black paint for a bold statement. The marble backsplash and wood countertops stop this space from being so dark that it closes in on itself. Instead, there’s a rich balance, with the bronze handles and black tap sealing the deal. You can feel confident that a black kitchen is a sure way to make it modern, a style that won’t be going out of trend any time soon. This is proof that even the darkest colour on the spectrum can truly shine.

- Image credit: Patsy Blunt Interiors

This classy dining room features everything we love about moody décor and more. The deep blue walls are chic-yet-antique, and the blue is a cooler, more grown-up alternative to black. With this intense colour, you can be bold in your furniture and lighting choices. Art Deco chandeliers and a vintage drinks trolley tops off the space, which takes it from spooky to sophisticated.

How to paint walls black?

Hoping on this interior painting trend can be a quick way to update your home and create an elegant aesthetic. But before you pop the lid off the liquid onyx, it pays to consult an interior designer. Once you go black, it’s hard to return to those pristine, white walls. Ensure your next coat of paint is the right one with help from a pro.

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Play with dark paint colours

Now you know how to use dark paint on walls, what paint will you use in your space? Source home design inspiration from local professionals and paint colours from top retailers – all on the Property Playground. Once you’ve transformed your small space, share your images to inspire others in the Playground community.

- Header image credit: inkarchitects

Faye deGavre

Content Writer