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 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?