When a client hires me, one of the first things I tell them is that I’m going to take them out of their comfort zone when it comes to some of the things I want to do with their space. Let’s be honest, why would you pay for a designer if they’re going to give you something you could have done yourself. One of my favorite things to do is watch my client’s reaction when I tell them I want to paint a room black. I cant even tell you how much I love seeing their face knowing that in their head they’re saying “IS HE JOKING!?”
Most of them are under the impression that making a room super dark will make it feel small, which in New York City where apartment sizes tend to be more like cruise ship cabins, making a room smaller is a reasonable concern. While it doesn’t make a room larger, what painting a room black along with the ceiling (which is KEY in this process) does is it eliminates your depth perception. When you can just barely see where the walls meet the ceiling and where the corners of the room are, the room appears infinite. It’s an illusion that many clients after hearing about are still hesitant. Once I even had to go as far as doing the work behind their back and when they came home to find it done, I got a phone call telling me how much they loved it, and thanked me for being so bold (and...never to do it again...haha!).
Another thing I love about painting a room black is the opportunity to utilize contrast as a key design element. Using vivid white is a great example. The white accents will pop like there is no tomorrow. It’s a trick I use a lot in bathrooms where the client doesn’t want to invest in a whole renovation, because most bathrooms I walk into have the standard white subway tile. This is a great way to use black because you have your contrast already built in. A lot of other colors will do this too...hence the prevalence of the black and red color schemes (which I tend to try and stay away from because it can get rather tacky very quickly). Black rooms have an inherent chic, expensive, and intimate vibe to them. Take a look at some of the examples below and see what you think of these spaces.
Until next time, live well, and live with style.