I have been lusting after a black room for ages. I have been threatening to paint out the back room (my room) all black for a while. I started small by painting out one wall. Then I started to timidly brush on some black on the other walls. Things stayed that way for a couple of months and it probably would have stayed that way for a lot longer. However, our house was to be featured in the Passyunk Square Civic Association House Tour and the weekend before the tour Scott and I decided that we just had to paint the room. Scott wasn’t sure about the black but decided that anything was better than black streaks on all the pale pink walls!
This room is off the kitchen and tiny. I was sure that if I painted out the walls, ceiling, moldings and the radiator in black it would make the boundaries disappear and make the room look larger. Well…mission accomplished.
I love the way the room looks (Scott does too). It is super cozy and all the bright colors pop against the black. I used Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Chalkboard paint because nothing else looks as matte as this paint. This tiny room has bookshelves, a day bed, a desk a filing cabinet, a chair and two side tables! It definitely does not look tiny anymore.
Kiran and I painted the old lamp found in Scott’s grandmother’s attic a few years ago. I designed the lampshades at Fenchel Shades to fit the lamp. The rug is a cheap kilim found on eBay and the curtains are from Urban outfitters. I am considering painting one wall in our bedroom black as well…
Here’s what the room looked like when we bought the house:
And this is what it looked like after we renovated it: