06/26/2013 03:24 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Paint Color Ideas: Lonny Debunks Myths About Decorating With Black (PHOTOS)


Thinking about redecorating, but you have no idea where to go for paint color ideas? Well you're off to a good start: Painting the walls is one switch that packs a lot of punch, especially if you choose a dramatic or surprising hue -- like black.

While it's always safe to go with a white or grey, why not consider this other neutral. No, we're not suggesting you go goth or design your space with a vampire motif. Decorating with dark walls can be beautiful, dramatic and even bright. Don't believe us? Our friends at Lonny shared some beautiful photos of bedrooms, living rooms and more that look amazing in the darkest of shades.

A black wall can be a great perfect for art hung salon style.

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A coat of dark paint can update outdated panelled walls.

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Matte black walls in a bedroom are perfect for those that like a cave-like boudoir.

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But it's also a great neutral backdrop for some fabulous prints.

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Dark croc wallpaper makes quite a statement in a powder room.

dark walls

Paired with light floors and ceilings, these walls create balance, like ying and yang.

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Layering black walls with inky furniture and art is very dramatic.

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Bright artwork stands out even more against a dark wall.

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Head over to Lonny to see more examples of dramatic and black decorating ideas and click through our slideshow of paint colors with really funny names.

Funny Paint Color Names

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