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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: 12 Black Walls Done Right

Painting your walls black can seem like a dreary and macabre design choice, but there’s no need to be afraid of the dark! With a little natural sunlight and colorful accents, black becomes classic and dramatic. Start small with just an accent wall. Because like a classic LBD, black is the new black! Now, get inspired by this moody hue and get ready to paint it black.

1. Cozy and Eclectic: Big windows bringing in lots of natural sunlight work well with black paint. A unique hanging chair, eclectic rugs and a stack of books make for one heck of a cozy space. (via Oh Happy Day)

2. Pine and Sunshine: Again, natural light is the way to go with this wall color. Wooden window frames and furniture add a rustic and masculine touch.  (via Mod-Home)

3. Black Walls With Patterned Rug: Light fabrics like the couch above and patterned rug pop against the black wall. (via Design Manifest)

4. Romantic Bedroom: Black in the bedroom contrasts well with white sheets, flowers and some vintage photos. (via Eight Birds)

5. No Headboard Necessary: Black makes such a statement you don’t even need a headboard! Artwork, a nightstand and a window are all you need. (via Rue Magazine)

6. Chalkboard Wall Workspace: Chalkboard paint offers a versatile backdrop for your desk. You can constantly switch up your board with photos, inspirational quotes and to-do lists. (via Smitten Studio)

7. Textured Black Wall: Black and brick… do it! The black paint adds texture to the space’s industrial vibe. (via Brunotarsia)

8. Playful Kid’s Room: Maximize the space of a children’s playroom with chalkboard paint! Twinkle lights are another great way to lighten up the wall and surrounding area for nighttime or if the room is light on windows. (via RH Baby and Child)

9. Bookshelf Backdrop: Black in the back of floating shelves allows for colorful trinkets and books to really pop. (via 364 Living)

10. Gallery Wall: A sleek black space is the perfect blank slate for a gallery wall. (via Live Creating Yourself)

11. Soot Colored Fireplace: This black fireplace ties everything together in this living room. It simultaneously stands out while allowing everything else to pop out against it. (via Apartment Therapy)

12. Polished Black Kitchen: Matte or glossy black and even charcoal gray look polished and refined against glassware, tableware and wood furniture. (via One Kings Lane)

Would you paint your walls black? How would you design the rest of the room? Let us know in the comments section below!