Bold, sexy, refined—all words design pros use to describe black paint. And here’s another one that might surprise anyone who has ever scoffed at the idea of decorating with shades of midnight: versatile. Designers are using black paint in rooms of all sizes—from foyers to great rooms—in applications both big and small. “It is almost as versatile as a classic white,” says Brad Ramsey, the Nashville-based designer behind Brad Ramsey Interiors. “White might win in a head-to-head popularity contest, but there is still a huge appeal in using black on interior doors, cabinetry, fireplaces, trim moldings, and specialty spaces like a bar or library.”
But if words like gloomy or claustrophobic are still creeping in and keeping you from giving this dynamic hue a go, read on for 15 black paint ideas that are sure to change your mind.