All-white rooms and pastel Scandi decor get a lot of Pinterest love, but deep, dark interiors can be just as compelling. Whether you’re working with a large, light-filled space or a small, cozy room, dark furniture totally works. If you’re thinking of taking a can of paint to that thrifted dining room set or you’re considering buying a black sofa, these rooms prove that dark furniture can make any room look more expensive. Scroll on to see 20 ways you can totally rock a walk on the dark side.


1. Hanging Out: A light and bright living area gets outfitted with black bar stools and a trendy hanging chair. Pops of bright color (those teal light pendants, though!) and natural elements like faux fur cushions give off a rustic modern feel. (via Studio Home)


2. Eat Cute: Oh, this half-black-half-white dining room is #winning in all the right places. Mismatched dining chairs pair perfectly with a sleek white table and a rust red area rug. Bonus points for the faux fur seat cushions. (via Suburban B’s)


3. High Tile: A kitchen backsplash gets a coat of glossy black paint in this ultra chic kitchen. A funky geometric tile floor and luxe butcher block countertops make this a space you definitely want to show off. (via Royal Roulotte)


4. Thrift Store Savior: Matte black cabinets and natural wood open shelving is just what this industrial space needed. Mismatched dining chairs are trending hard, so if you have a few thrift store treasures sitting around, pull out the black spray paint and give those babies a glossy new life. (via House Tweaking)


5. Plaid All Over: It takes a lot of courage to go full-on plaid in your bedroom, but a black and white pattern really makes a statement without going full lumberjack. Pair that daring black headboard with white linens, quirky throw pillows and plenty of faux fur. (via Lulu & Georgia)


6. Midcentury Vibes: Black dining room walls get the full glam treatment when you add a modern gold chandelier and a mid-century wood dining table. The best part about a black and white dining room is that any color you add will really pop: case in point, those bright green lamps. (via Apartment Therapy)


7. Moody Accents: Okay, technically that accent wall is navy blue, but we’re going to let it slide this time because this bedroom is SO gorg. Everyone is just trying to get a good night’s sleep, so maybe a dark, moody accent wall will help create a cozy space to catch some zzzz’s. (via My Domaine)


8. Work It Out: Sure, there’s nothing too groundbreaking about a black desk, but it all comes down to the chair pairing. A unique chair, cushy pillow and a handy throw blanket make for one heck of a productive space. (via Le Fashion)


9. Daring Sofa: When it comes to choosing a sofa color, black might be the new neutral. It really amps up the glam factor in this otherwise beige living room. You might find yourself curling up on this sexy black couch as effortlessly as you slip into your fave LBD. (via Style Me Pretty)


10. Rustic Boho: Opt for a smoky gray colored couch and no matter what color you pair it with, it’s going to make a bright statement. Light floors and white walls definitely help diminish #cavesyndrome and leave you with nothing but glam. (via Lonny)

11. Statement Headboard: Scandinavian decor is all about those monochromatic hues, and nowhere does that work better than in the bedroom. Make those cozy bed linens contrast against a black headboard and accessorize away with woven baskets and white bedside tables… or in this case, a white chair/nightstand.


12. Metallic Accents: Black and gold pretty much *always* go together. This interesting strip of gold in the kitchen backsplash looks amazing with knob-free cabinets and light white marble counters. (via Fantastic Frank)


13. Deeply Velvet: One of the biggest pros of dark colors is that they really let textures shine. Gold accents look totally stunning and woven bedding is downright luxurious. Seriously, wouldn’t a black velvet headboard just make every morning 100 times better? (via My Domaine)


14. Minimal Accents: When it comes to dark accents, sometimes less is more, especially in a workspace where you want to stay as awake as possible. Leave the dark accent wall for the bedroom and add black in more subtle ways, like a desk chair, patterned curtains and a showstopper pendant light. (via Studio McGee)


15. Outdoor Living: If cooler weather has you dreaming of moodier hues for your dining space, consider swapping out your pastels for wintery shades like black and gray. When paired with fur and natural wood textures, black becomes the perfect backdrop for any type of holiday decor. (via Style Juicer)


16. Smeg Delight: White fridges are touted as the most versatile color, but this retro Smeg fridge in matte black might just change your mind. Matte black looks polished and refined against rustic wood furniture, sleek glassware and chic subway tiles. (via Trendenser)


17. Shiplap Siding: The combo of black, marble and gold in this bathroom totally slays. The rich wall color beautifully balances a pretty patterned floor, especially when you add cheery accents like baskets and hotel-white towels. (via Studio McGee)


18. Playful Bedframe: The great thing about inky walls is you can really get creative with the tone. If you prefer a lighter or darker approach, it’s totally your call — there’s no way of getting this chic color choice wrong, especially when you pair it with poppin’ bed linens. (via Fenton & Fenton)


19. Luxe Minimalist: If you’re looking for one way to bring black into your home decor, a single piece of furniture will instantly make your space look more expensive. Here, a pair of black leather armchairs anchor a mostly white living room and still keep the space feeling fresh for a modern Scandi vibe. (via Amber Interiors)

20. Cozy Kitchen Nook: If you’re looking for one must-have to update your dining room for fall, experiment with black accents. Black seat cushions and a dark cowhide rug warms up the space and ends up acting like a neutral, while letting the metallics and plants really shine. (via New Darlings)

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