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    “You can have any color, as long as it’s black.” – Henry Ford

    Black interiors are making a come up in interior design. Light & bright colors, along with grey have had their moment. Now it’s black’s turn.

    Rooms: Many people have heard the old adage that painting a small room dark makes it look smaller, though that’s not always the case. Painting small spaces with a warm, dark feature wall can create the “tunnel” illusion–that the space goes on indefinitely. On the converse, large cavernous rooms painted in moody hues can create a sense of warmth and coziness. I have also found that dark colors are a great addition to rooms that have interesting ceilings. A unique vault point or crown moulding contrasted with blacks really draw the eye up to the focal point.

    Trim & Doors: If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to update your home, adding black trim can give it a more modern feel. Replacing the traditional Honey Oak trim and cabinets of homes built in the 90s and early 2000s is a fast and easy way to make your home feel fresh. Painting any builder basic door a personalized color makes it feel custom, and black is a neutral that goes with any scheme and style. Painting out trim on windows is a simple way to make that view a strong focal point. Picture windows really pop when contrasted with the black trim & will definitely make more of a statement.

    Kitchens: White kitchens are amazing–you will never hear me argue that. Clean, fresh, and monotone. You can never go wrong with a white kitchen. But, if you want to stray from the white trend while keeping the same feelings of sleek, clean, and modern give black cabinets a shot.

    Personally, black is my favorite color. I love the modern and cozy feel that it gives my home. Through lots of trial and error in painting with black, I have found that sticking to shades that have warm undertones keeps the space from feeling cold and sterile. Blacks that are actually dark charcoal are a safe way to start. Looking for blacks that have undertones of green and purple also tend to feel a little warmer than those with blue underneath them. Personally, Valspar Kettle Black is my tried and true favorite. It’s an extremely dark charcoal sample, but reads completely black when on the wall. I have used it for trim & doors, as well as walls and it always looks warm while reading as a true black against white walls.

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