Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Paint It Black

Black has always been a classic decorating choice, but now it's starting to creep into the mainstream as a wall color.


So, it's no surprise that I've been coveting a dark, cozy room of my own. Oh, of course, my tornado room is a dark blue (Hague Blue color match), but I'm thinking of taking the plunge and painting my small guest room black and making it into an office as well. Since I cleaned out the closets upstairs recently, I realized there's a lot of underutilized real estate in the guest room closet . . . the perfect spot for my magazine hoarding problem collection and fabric samples.

Since I typically sit on my sofa or at my kitchen table to do my computer work, my hope is to carve out a space where I can work/blog without the distractions of my downstairs creeping in (TV and kitchen). Also, I really want to paint my guest room because it's currently a lime green that I'm not very fond of (I never was, honestly), and we recently painted my son's room next door a different shade of green. I don't want my upstairs to go all Kermit the frog. Anyway, here's what my guest room currently looks like:
Well, it currently doesn't look like this because I've already moved the daybed to the shorter wall just to the left of the door and thrown some paint swatches on the wall. But, it looked like this until Saturday when I made this plan. I can be impulsive like that. Here's my design board for the room:
I already have all the items in the room except for the curtains and rug (okay, and the garden seat), and I snatched up that lucite chandelier last night on eBay for a really good price - can't wait till it arrives. You see, I just sold a table and chairs on Craigslist last night that covered the price of the chandelier. This is how I justify these things. I'm crazy, I know. The rug is one of the Beni knock-offs from World Market, and the curtains are just white linen/cotton from West Elm. I already have the chairs but the Brno is currently black so it would need some new upholstery. 

So, what do you think? Are you feeling the black?

13 comments:

charmaine said...

I am feeling it, I am feeling it! I'm so glad you won the lucite chandelier! This space is going to look amazing!

Ashley said...

It's a walk on the dark side, and I like it. I'm particularly fond of your last inspiration photo. Like your guest room, the insp. image reads as cozy and warm, despite the overwhelmingly dark colors.

Go boldly towards a new black room. I'm all for it.

A Perfect Gray said...

do this...because well, um, I want you to be the guinea pig so I can see if I NEED TO DO IT!

Leah said...

i love the look you put together and the black. i also sell stuff on ebay/CL to justify buying new home stuff! glad i'm not alone here!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I commend your courage. I think I would be scared to death but when I see what you've put together for the space I'm totally feeling it! I have no doubt you'll make it work, Kathy!

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Heather Peterson said...

love it--and would even leave the brno black! tone on tone goodness with all the other white accents.

Decora Adora said...

adoro el negro. Pienso que le da un aspecto impactante a cualquier decoraciĆ³n
saludos

thecushioncorrespondent said...

I love black walls! And, you know, that lime green would look really eye-catching with black (especially with the greys and whites you've shown on your moodboard) ... would you ever think about leaving a bit of it as a contrast?

I'm currently trying to persuade my boyfriend to let me paint a strip of our wall with chalkboard paint. It's a 16" section on the end of a dividing wall (our flat is open-plan) and I think a strip of black would look really striking plus it would double up as a notice board.

megan james said...

DO IT!!!!!!!

Emily | Recently said...

Oh yes, I'm feeling it, and everything else in the room too. You have to do it now because you showed us. :)

alison g. said...

TOTES feeling it!
Wanna do it so badly, myself, so I'll live vicariously through you!

SHERRY HART said...

I am afraid to get on Craigslist and Ebay too much...it would be the black hole for me :) Love where you are going with this room!

Patrick Tan said...

It does work surprisingly! Match it with proper pieces of furniture, and you're all set! -Patrick Tan