I must admit, up until a year ago I was not a fan of black. I felt like it was just too harsh and preferred a dark gray over black any day. When we moved into our house we painted everything, EVERYTHING a really great greige (Hopsack by Ralph Lauren) Now, you have to remember that we did all of this before I started Vintage Revivals, before I found the world of DIY, before I had ever tried decorating. I just found this picture browsing our family blog and it made me gasp in horror. This is our house a few months after we moved in. Can you even believe that?!!
If you would have told me then what my house would look like now, I would have called you a liar and asked how the view from the telephone wire was.
So lets discuss the black.
I have used a super dark gray before in a few rooms (the only one that has been revealed is the $150.00 makeover, the other one is coming very soon…muah hahahaha) The color is called Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams and it is THE BEST dark gray color I have found HANDS DOWN. It is a true gray, not too purpley, bluish, or greenish. Just a straight gray. And that is how I wanted my black to be. Pure black.
This is what I started with: (also please pay no attention to the giant pixilated box…still working on the tutorial for that one before the reveal.)
This area is not huge, but just because something isn’t ideal in your mind doesn’t mean it needs to be forgotten or brushed over. You can still make it amazing.
I started painting and when I got this far I stepped back and knew that it was love.
I used a satin sheen to hide as much of the orange peel texture of our walls as possible.
Did you know the lower the sheen the more texture is hidden? Its true! Some of you may be wondering why I didn’t use flat if I wanted to hide as much of the texture as possible. For you my friends I have 2 reasons, 1. I didn’t want it to look like a chalkboard wall, cause its not, its just a black wall. And 2. The higher the sheen the better the scrubablity. This is where 95% of our eating happens and you never know when a bottle of ranch dressing is going to explode on your face and the wall behind you (true story that happened to me when I was 10). Satin is the best of both worlds.
The biggest worry that people have when doing something like this is obviously the light issue. If you are painting an area black, wont it be really dark/depressing/Satan worship-y?
I think that if you did that in a room with little to no natural light it for sure can happen. In this area of our house though it is full of natural light (there are 4 windows just in that little alcove) so to answer your burning question, yes those specific walls are darker but its almost like the walls disappear, all you notice are the windows. AND to balance out the dark all of the other walls/ceiling is pure white, so overall its actually brighter than it was when everything was Greige.
So for those of you that are thinking about this (yes, I am talking to you Facebookers) and wondering how I am feeling about it I big huge fat love it. I cant believe I was even a little bit concerned about doing it black! So thanks for pushing me off the proverbial cliff friends!
I have some big plans for that solid wall and the plan is to replace the white blinds with something else, either a roman shade or some earthy matchstick blinds. Which would you choose?