Updated: Jan 13, 2020
Painting a wall in black can be intimidating as it's colour with such a strong character. But what holds us back from painting a wall in black and when it comes to any other colours we are more courageous? To try and understand our fillings about the black colour we will need to start from the very beginning.
History of Black Colour
Black was actually one of the first colours used by Palaeolithic artists in cave paintings between 18,000 and 17,000 years ago. "I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours was black," said Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
( Life-size replica from Lascaux, France. A panel from the world-famous cave gallery painted 17,000 years ago.)
Black Colour Psychology
It represents power and control and it is often understood as intimidating, unapproachable and negative. On the other hand, black colour is also associated with sophistication, luxury, confidence, and strength. It represents something mysterious and unknown. It gives protection from emotional stress. It's like anything else in life - depends on your perception.
For me, black is like the universe - endless and full of unknown possibilities. I think it's time to be brave, let all the other believes go and just focus on our own feelings. If black colour makes you feel confident and secure - just go for it! And if you are still unsure how you feel about the black colour in your room I will give you some examples and you can go from there.
Black Colour in Interior Design
It is often used in smaller amounts with contrasting colours. When used right, it can add timeless elegance to a room. Every colour in your home evokes certain feelings, whilst black is definitely a type of colour that can make you feel positive or negative depending on your personal perception. The beauty of black colour is that similarly like white, it is forgiving and can be combined with pretty much any colour.
Is Black Colour Good for a Bedroom?
In Feng Shui black colour brings elegance, calmness, endings and beginnings. It is not considered the best colour for a bedroom or kitchen as it feels heavy. Fair enough, but what about painting an accent wall and make it the focal point of your bedroom? It can certainly bring a character and unique look.
What furniture goes with the black wall?
Dark solid wood goes really well as a natural contrast. Anything simple, with clean lines and lots of texture. To get even more life into the design, it would be a great idea to add some greenery and you will see instantly energy lift. Also anything with metal/gold details - like a bedside table or a picture frame.
Will the black wall make your bedroom look smaller?
Absolutely not - it will not only add the character but mysterious and protective feeling. Whilst the white was an easy choice so far, it seems like the black is slowly getting its well-deserved spotlight. Not only white colour can make the room seem bigger, but black can also do it too in different ways. It reflects less light and by absorbing the light, the walls of the room are less defined and it gives an illusion of a bigger room.
Creative ways to decorate a black wall in your bedroom:
To summarise, black colour is definitely an option as an accent wall in a bedroom if it makes you feel good and calm, specially before sleeping. Add greenery to it and you can't get it wrong. At the end of the day it's matching all the colours which gives you freedom to touch up if you don't fancy pure black look.
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