If you're on the hunt for a hue that can elevate your space in an instant, look no further than black. Black wall paint and decor can invigorate just about any room, from a cozy library to a spacious kitchen.
Black walls make a statement in the bedroom of a Washington, D.C., apartment, while French white oak floors help soften the room. The white sateen bedding is from Tribute Goods and the muted artwork is from Tennessee-based landscape artist Megan Lightell.
In lighting designer Lindsey Adelman's Park Slope home, the walls are painted in Midnight by Benjamin Moore. To complete the space, a BDDW dining table is paired with vintage Hans Wegner side chairs and a Saarinen chair in a Jim Thompson fabric. The Drop System chandelier is by Adelman, the candlesticks are by Ted Muehling for E.R. Butler & Co., the parquet flooring is original to the house, and the artwork is by Jared Rue.
For a bathroom in a condo in New York's Lower East Side neighborhood, Homepolish designer Jae Joo opted for black marble and a smoked mirror ceiling to create a moody vibe.
For a breakfast nook in a modern Texas home, Nina Magon and her team opted for a custom-stained black wood design that a carpenter built piece by piece. The inside of the niche was covered in grey tufting for an inviting touch.
The master bedroom of Alisa Bloom's 1920s Chicago penthouse features walls are sheathed in a Holland & Sherry fabric. The B&B Italia bed is in a Holland & Sherry wool, the desk is by Lucien Rollin, and the chair is by Oscar de la Renta for Century. A 1940s console that purchased in Paris along with unsigned artwork from Redefined Chicago complete the space.
In the master bath of an Art Deco pad in Chicago, the tub has fittings by ., the circa-1905 Viennese stool by Julius and Josef Herrmann is from , and the room is sheathed in Calacatta Capri, Grigio Carnico, and Belgian Black marbles; the abstract plaster sculpture is unsigned and from the 20th century.
In the master bath of this Madrid home, custom-made moldings of carved walnut, steel, and silver leaf replicate an original motif in the Art Deco apartment building. The sink is custom-made, and the towel rack and shower and sink fittings are by .
Lacquered walls bring polish to the library of cosmetics executive Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer's Long Island home. The dark palette is enlivened with a photograph, a floor lamp by and a graphic patterned carpet by .
In a remote New Zealand surf town, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst tucked a spacious weekend retreat amid a lush grove of exotic trees. In the living area of the house, designed in its entirety by the couple, the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
In an entry hall designed by Kelly Wearstler, the light fixture is vintage, and the stone sculpture is from ; the walls are painted in , the floor is patterned with three different marbles and on the ceiling is a wall covering by .
In this West Village loft, the den's custom sofa is based on a 1960s design and covered in a ; the 1970 French cocktail table is by , the nesting tables are based on a design, and the artwork is by Marilyn Minter.
In Jackie Astier's Manhattan dining room, a 19th-century French chandelier hangs above a dining table made from a pair of '70s brass bases found on . The walls were painted with 10 coats of custom lacquer. The '40s French dining chairs are upholstered in a , the shades are of a silk and the rug is by .
This modern Hamptons potato farm barn features dramatic cabinetry of blackened perforated steel, designed by the architectural firm .
In the compact guest bedroom of a London townhouse, hotelier and designer Kit Kemp used a black-and-white Brunschwig & Fils toile de Jouy for the walls, canopy, pillows and bedding, adding texture while maintain a clean, monochromatic color scheme. The artwork is by Dick Bixby, and the faux-shagreen table is Kemp's own design.
Ken Fulk knows exactly how to make a dark palette feel cozy, instead of bleak. The bedroom of a Montana guest house he designed boasts a steel bed by , a 1920s leather sofa in the Elvis suite, and bed linens and side tables by . The black wallpaper is by .
This Tuxedo Park, New York home takes a serious design risk by pairing chic black walls and floors with a brown 1970s leather sofa and matching chairs by Gerard van den Berg. The result? A gorgeous blend of refined and eclectic.
On a covered porch in California, the vintage leather love seats and the ironwood block tables are from , the wall sculpture is a wartime gas mask for horses, and the walls are painted in .
Don't underestimate the sleek and sultry power of a bedroom with black walls. In the master bedroom of a Central Park apartment, the walls have a custom textured finish by . The bed, by , is dressed in linens by , the bedside table is from , and the custom rug is by .
The library in the Kentucky home of fashion designers has an inviting old-world look, with shelves studded with antlers from European hunting lodges and trophies found at flea markets and on . Antique Windsor chairs surround a table set with Hermès china and napkins by .
In a 19th-century Federal home in New York, the master bath's tub, sink, fittings, and black limestone flooring are by Waterworks. The sconces are by , the kilim is from , and the artworks were purchased in London and Paris.
French garden chairs surround an antique Belgian oak table on the terrace of a historic San Francisco home designed by Ken Fulk. The lanterns are by Bevolo, and the lead planters are custom designs.
This 19th-century farmhouse in Bridgehampton experiments with edgy design, even in the laundry room. Black doors and moldings add some personality to a space designed for function. The washing machine is by , the seagrass hamper is from and the marble wall tile is by .
A riad in Marrakech, uses black floors as a base for eclectic interior design. The dining room chairs (inspired by Gerrit Rietveld) and table are by maisonLAB, and the series of gouaches is by Raffone.
This Pacific Palisades home owned by designer Alison Palevsky gives California cool a contemporary vibe with the airy entryway that features black wood floors, a custom door, and resin work above by Ron Reihel.
Black and white doesn't have to be a dull color combo. In the powder room of a modern ranch in upstate New York, the wall mural is by and the wainscoting is painted in .
In the black dining room of Federico de Vera's Manhattan apartment, the steel-top table is by , a 19th-century Louis XV–style chair is upholstered in a Richard Saja embroidered toile de Jouy, and the chair on the left is in the style of Gerrit Rietveld; the cabinetry and countertops are by , and the cooktop is by .
Matte paint finishes off a black kitchen and dining room in a Los Angeles apartment and dining room designed by antiques dealer and interior designer Lee Stanto. The French pendant lights are from the 1890s.
In Marco Scarani and Jamie Creel's Paris apartment, the library's sofa and armchairs are by , the Chinese black-lacquer cocktail table is vintage and the pillows are covered in a velvet.
In the library of a Chicago apartment designed by Eric Ceputis, fireproof black porcelain tiles line the floor and a nook behind a suspended fireplace.