Pretty in Black

Goth. Moody. Avant-garde. Early ’90s bachelor pad. When you first consider decorating with black, one or more of these words and phrases may come to mind. But let us offer a new one: Timeless. From obsidian and slate to charcoal and onyx, black trim and accents create an anchor for the eye in a bright white space. In contrast, a dark, inky space gives neutrals and metallics a beautiful backdrop against which they absolutely shine. Consider this your invitation to explore the endless style possibilities that decorating with black offers.


If you’re considering a makeover to introduce this versatile color into your décor, start with the surfaces around you — your walls. Don’t fret over choosing the wrong hue; brands like Sherwin-Williams offer apps that make visualizing your freshly painted space a … snap. Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap Visualizer is by far the most feature-heavy, offering a variety of pre-loaded room images to customize with any and every color in the Sherwin-Williams paint library. You can also upload your own photo.

We took the ColorSnap iPad app for a spin using Tricorn Black SW6258 — one of the brand’s top 50 paint colors. In the spa-worthy bath (top), we used the black on the room’s thick trim and molding, making the Moonmist SW9144 walls pop and maintaining the serenity of this soothing space. With its vaulted, shiplap-covered ceiling and dark polished wood floors, this modern farmhouse-style bedroom gets a Tricorn Black SW6258 accent wall, while the rest of the space is dressed in Ice Cube SW6252.


If pattern and texture are what you seek, you’ll be delighted to see what wallpaper has to offer. Thanks to modern designs, new materials, and easier application (really!), wallpaper is working harder than ever to infuse interiors with eye-catching style. From Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines, this large buffalo check becomes light as air in a watercolor rendering of a time-honored classic, creating a new and fresh pattern for any space. The wallpaper can even be removed easily.

A brilliant combination of color and pattern, Graham & Brown’s grasscloth wallpaper in Midnight brings instant depth to a space with a natural texture that you just have to touch. Plus, Graham & Brown’s wallpapers are all sustainably sourced.


Like paint, wallpaper can make just as big of an impact on one small wall as it does covering an entire room. From York Wallcoverings, the menswear-inspired “Olann” wallpaper creates a sleek, pared-down backdrop, while “Headline News” offers a fun collage of throwback newspaper ads and stories — perfect for any creative’s workspace.


An accent wall — or small space such as a powder room — is just the place for a little bling. York’s “Chandelier Damask” boasts a subtle sheen throughout its classic chandelier pattern, while the “Chevron” features metallic foil that adds dimension and shine to create a pattern that is welcome in any décor style.

By now you’re convinced that introducing black into your décor is a must, right? JELD-WEN windows and doors are also an ideal way to showcase your personal style. Start here with Custom™ Wood windows.