Wednesday, June 12, 2013

They Said It Couldn't (or Shouldn't) Be Done

Almost every Goth home decor guide makes a mockery of painting your walls black. They mention how difficult it will be to change down the line, how cramped it will feel, how dark it will be (as if this were a problem) and, of course, how your mother will never agree to it. However, for those of you who have moved on from requiring parental approval for home decor schemes, I've dug up some evidence that black walls are far from the worst design you could chose, and some tips on how to achieve a wonderful looking room.


Well, we're mostly Goths here, so I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that we don't find black to be gloom-inducing. Or, if we do, that it's not necessarily such a bad thing. So, that isn't so much of an issue. But, what is for some people is the question of space. Luckily, black walls don't always have to turn a place into a tiny, cramped pit of despair. It's all in accessorizing. And lighting. Take this room below.



The walls are black, yes, but it doesn't exactly feel ooky-spooky, does it? Instead, the use of accessories that contrast the gloom of the walls turns it into a much more eclectic space. It also feels spacious due to the abundance of natural light from the door and the use of lighter colored furnishings, like the cream couch, which overwhelm the darkness of the paint to make it appear like a much lighter space. In fact, if I hadn't been looking for it, I would have glossed over the black walls altogether.

Still, what if one wanted to capitalize on the dark nature of the black walls? Is there no hope for those of us who want a black-walled room that is still fully Gothic without it feeling cramped?

Unfortunately, unless you specifically do something about it, a small room is going to feel small. If you want to experiment with black paint, go for a larger space or one with windows. Unless tight spaces don't bother you, of course.



A large span of black wall will appear darker and more oppressive than one which is broken up. Add pieces of art, mirrors, tapestries, posters, empty frames, shelves, or any other wall decor you can think (preferably in non-black colors or in black of a different finish) of to break up the monotony.


There's no reason to stick with just basic black, try something more complex with textured black wallpaper, stenciled designs, or stripes.


If you're too vamp-y for mirrors, try using metallics in your decor which will reflect the light without turning your room into a shrine for your face. Not that there's anything wrong with that (I say, glancing around my room at the six different mirrors scattered around it.)

If you're looking for more inspiration for a black-walled room, there is a Pinterest board with almost two-hundred different photos devoted to my new favorite paint color.

What I'm trying to say with this post isn't that we should all start paint our walls black without consulting our parentals and landlords and spouses, but that it can be a great design option for those that can do so, and shouldn't just be written off due to some archaic Goth decor guides on wikiHow. So, given the chance, would you all ever consider painting your walls black?

16 comments:

  1. I love the two last photos !
    I think in my future house (when I have an income) I won't paint walls in black because I need some light in a house, but this can be an interesting idea with some lightening accessories ! =)

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  2. I would definitely consider painting my walls black (though that would probably requirement me to re-decorate my room since I don't have very much that would match). More on my page though, I'd really love to paint one contrasting wall black and have the others alternative colours of beige or have contrasting corners or detailing on black.

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  3. Some relatives of mine painted their walls in the dining room in a very dark red brown colour. It looked fantastic. The first impression was almost black walls but as when you sat in there the colour changed to a velvet cake colour, so nice. Just by looking at the pictures above you can see that a matte black is far more better than shiny.

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  4. I am of the opinion black walls can look good - if one has a smaller room but still fancies the colour, it's pretty nice as a feature wall as well.

    It's definitely not doable in my room (as well as being too small, as I'm away for most of the year studying there's little point redecorating), but I might consider it once I have my own flat. I love seeing it used in interior design! :)

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  5. Black walls are awesome. i don't have any but it's something i'd consider, especially a room with large windows or glass doors through which plenty of sunlight could come in if desired, or when entertaining less vampyric guests.

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  6. I think black walls can look fabulous if they're done right :D Unfortunately I'm one of those still bound by parental constraints, so despite the fact that I'd only like to do one wall in the color as a feature, the answer is a steadfast no. So purple walls for me! ^^"

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  7. I would definitely consider decorating with black paint or wallpaper! I like the way the touches of other colors set it off, and I love the textures of the patterned wallpapering.

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  8. I'd definitely consider painting an accent wall black, probably with stripes on the other walls (wide vertical black and white stripes).
    Since we rent and can't paint, I limit my love of black to posters and furniture and in the near future, floaty curtains!!

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  9. Cool pictures. This is just me, but, historically, Goths have worn every color under the sun -or moon. My walls are white. Great article.

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  10. That last photo is like my ideal bedroom, legit.

    I have absolutely no issue with black walls - provided the room itself lets in good light!

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  11. I'd absolutely consider painting walls black depending on (1) how the room will be used and (2) the amount of natural light. For example, black walls could look fantastic in a room used for dining or sleeping but be impractical in a sewing room. My house has small windows and few overhead lights, so I limited black to accents, trim and one papered accent wall.

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  12. Actually my fiance and I would someday like to paint our whole house black! Our dream is an old-fashioned Victorian gingerbread house with black walls, grey trim, and a bright scarlet door. But I would consider black for interior decorating, too. Anything to cover up the hideous wallpaper our landlady picked out...

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  13. I love that some of these have black ceilings, too. I hate the old-fashioned idea that ceilings should only ever be painted white. That's so boring; live a little!

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  14. I definitely think painting your walls black can be very interesting :3 I don't think I'd ever go for it myself though. I think I'd prefer combining colours like purple with black furniture.

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  15. We had black walls in our computerroom where we lived before and we loved it :D

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