Embrace the Dark Side

Home Builder with West Magnolia Charm

In honor of Halloween, I want to share a few of my favorite dark and dramatic paint colors and some of the ways you can incorporate them in your home.

Accent Wall

This is an obvious one. But using a dark color on an accent wall will add so much drama to a space. People tend to discount dark colors because they think it can possibly make a room feel too heavy. That's not always the case though. The key to making a dark accent wall work is by creating balance throughout the space. For example, having a lighter-colored couch and some adding darker colored pillows to pull in the dark accent wall.

Interior doors

Painting the interior doors of your home a darker paint color is becoming increasingly popular. As a painting contractor, we have had multiple requests for painting doors black. And I have to say, I am here for it. 



Shiplap is super popular and not to mention a real statement piece in a home. But do you want to the secret on how to make the shiplap in your home a true show stopper? Paint it a dark paint color. I recently built a fireplace in my master bedroom and use shiplap as a surround. I decided to paint it one of my favorite black paint colors, Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams, and let me tell you, that was a perfect choice. 



Trim is another way to incorporate dark colors. Trim doesn't always have to be white. Sometimes a dark color like Soot by Benjamin Moore is a better choice. In my office, all the trim is painted black. It gives the space a very classy look.



Ah yes, I am an avid furniture restorer and saver. I hate to see beautiful old, well-made wood pieces of furniture tossed to the curb.  If you don't like the color of your old dresser, paint it a dark paint color. I'm telling you it's such a fantastic way to 1. save money and 2. incorporate darker colors into your decor. 


My Favorite Dark and Black Paint Colors

  1.  Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
  2. Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur
  3. Sherwin Williams Iron Ore
  4. Benjamin Moore Black Satin
  5. Sherwin Williams Black Magic
  6. Benjamin Moore Onyx


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