Not unlike nose piercings or bullet-proof coffee, the black painted wall trend is something I have always been happy to admire on others. From afar. For somebody else. It’s one of those things you hear about people doing and think it’s really neat, but in equal measure, you’re delighted you don’t have to mess around with it. Until now. I’m thinking about it. If you follow me on Pinterest you might have seen me staying up half the night pinning images of black walls (and if you follow me on Facebook you know why I was up). There is nothing like a good long night of Pinterest porn and the start of open window season to put a bug in your ear about paint. Amiright?
Last summer, after extensive research and internet stalking, I painted my living room Benjamin Moore’s Super White, which is, I am told, the brightest white you can get in a can. I’m not happy. It’s supposedly ultra luminous with a lot of reflective qualities. And while I’m not saying it isn’t really bright, it’s not really doing anything special for my living room. Maybe it’s because there is already a decent amount of sun exposure, or maybe because I didn’t go high gloss on the moldings, or maybe because 70% of the walls are hidden by furniture and frames and doors and stuff…hard to say. But it’s a bit of a thud. I really dislike the way my art looks on it, so it’s gotta go. Question is, what to replace it with?
I am through with sewing the seeds of ultra colorful walls. The hot pink kitchen of 2012 was my last hurrah. These days I’m into brightly colored doors with ultra neutral walls. White. Off white. Whispers of pale gray and pink. But what about black? It didn’t occur to me before, and now it’s all I can think about. In my anxiousness last night, I photoshopped my living room a warm charcoal gray to try and convince myself the idea was nuts, and surprisingly, I’m digging it. I am really digging it!
Have you ever painted a room black or nearly black? Tips? Tricks? I’m all ears.