Paint your walls black – I’m seeing a lot of very dark walls all over Pinterest and it seems it’s a trend. I’ve been been embracing it for a while. I must admit, I started in our previous home with just a partial wall painted black in our dining room. For years everyone has been talking me out of painting walls black. Paint is the answer to every design dilemma. If you don’t like something, paint it white, (our stone fireplace), or if you’re feeling bold, go dark, like we did.
Our current home was built in 1900 and the garage was added probably during the 1970’s. It’s actually in our backyard which means it needs to look good. I had all kinds of big ideas which involved new barn like vertical siding, a new door and adding a window so it would look more like a guest house than a garage. But then one weekend we said, “What if we just painted it black?” So an afternoon and $100 in paint and it looks so much better. It even improves our view from the kitchen.
Painting a chalkboard wall is the easiest thing you can do to add a little black paint. If you don’t want an entire wall, you could paint an end cabinet or a narrow wall. It’s great for lists and birthday messages. When I get tired of looking at the messy eraser marks, I just give it a quick fresh coat of chalkboard paint and we start all over again.
We used Benjamin Moore Graphite in the master bedroom, our son’s room and a tiny powder bathroom. The walls, moulding and doors are all painted in graphite. Our black and white photographs by Surf photographer Tom Servais have never looked better. In California, we had them on white walls, but they look so much more dramatic on black.