Black Paint Schemes

Walls, Ceiling and Trim: Off-Black No.57 in Estate Emulsion and Estate Eggshell | Image from Recipes for Decorating

Not just for moody teenage hideouts, black paint creates intimate, inviting, and thoroughly on-trend spaces to escape to at the end of a long day. Whether you’re feeling bold enough to go all out, tempted by a new trim colour, or looking for an unexpected shade that combines the drama and dreaminess of black with hints of tint, our selection of black paint and wallpaper has it all.

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Blue Based Black Paint Colours

Railings, with its generous dose of blue pigment, is versatile enough to be used anywhere you’d consider a pure black paint, but with an added underlying complexity that creates the most dramatic and enveloping spaces. It looks especially smart used across walls and woodwork, as this modern pantry attests; in a family kitchen, it pairs beautifully with grey-blue De Nimes walls, a white marble worktop, and sleek gold fittings. Recreate the look with our step-by-step guide to painting kitchen cabinets.

Walls: De Nimes No.299 in Modern EmulsionCabinetry and Shelving: Railings No.31 in Modern Eggshell

Pure Black Paint Colours

Pitch Black is as pure a black paint as you can get. With an unsurpassable depth and an almost velvety quality, this true black requires some daring to use on walls where a softer, off black paint may be more forgiving, but as a striking accent to add structure and personality to any space, it’s hard to beat. Follow the lead of these modern living rooms by highlighting beams or bookcases in a black wood paint, like Modern Eggshell or Full Gloss.

Image from Recipes for Decorating

Image from Recipes for Decorating

Soft Black Paint Colours

Moody and modern, a softer off-black paint can be the perfect colour candidate for your next dramatic transformation. The paler Tar creates rooms that feel both dramatic and welcoming – great in glamorous entertaining spaces and cosy corners alike. Off-Black, meanwhile, is one of our favourite front door colours. It takes on an even more subtle character in the stronger light of the outdoors, making for elegant woodwork, furniture and fences.

Walls and Ceiling: Tar No.CC1 in Estate Emulsion

Image from Recipes for Decorating

Warm Black Paint Colours

Tanner’s Brown, which appears almost black in lower lighting, has a warmth and softness that makes it a soothing alternative to cooler black shades, creating particularly welcome living rooms. If you’re feeling a little bolder, try rich Paean Black, with its underlying purple tones. On walls, it creates a cosy and undeniably chic feel, but we particularly love it on kitchen cabinetry in combination with Sulking Room Pink.

Black Wallpaper

Being created with our own water based paint, no collection of daring dark schemes would be complete without a mention of our handcrafted wallpaper. A dark wallpaper with black painted trim is always a winning combination – just see this opulent bathroom, where our Lotus wallpaper is paired with Off-Black woodwork and ceiling, for proof. Meanwhile, as a feature wall in an otherwise neutral space, this Paean Black and copper colourway of our Tessella wallpaper instantly draws attention.

Ceiling, Panelling and Trim: Off-Black No.57 in Modern Emulsion and Modern EggshellWall: Lotus BP 2017

Walls and Ceiling: School House White No.291 in Modern EmulsionFeature Wall: Tessella BP 3613

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