Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Black Rooms + Black Paint Colors

Black  rooms   and   black  paint  colors   continue  to  rise  in  popularity  these  days.   If   you're   planning  a  black  space,  you  might  first ask  yourself: 
Do  you  really  want  black-black  or  a  softer,  charcoal  gray ?
And,  once  you  have  your  black  room,  which  colors  will  best  enhance  it ?

In   my   original   post   on   " Black   Rooms,"
recommended     black     paint     colors     included:
"Knight's   Armor"    by    Olympic  Interior  Latex,
"Deep   Space "    2125-20    and    "Black"    2132-10    by   Benjamin  Moore  Paints,    and     "Off   Black"    57    by   Farrow  and  Ball  Paints.

Traditional  Home  Magazine   recommends     Behr   Paints'    "Evening  Hush
" with   creamy   trim "   for   a   living   room   or   small,   light   hallway. "
TH   also  recommends     Farrow  and  Ball's     "Railings"   31,  noting  that  it  works   well   with   quiet   neutrals "   and   pairs   well   with   silver,   with  deep,   rich   browns   and   with   warm   grays. "    Finally,  TH   cautions :  
"Overuse,    and    you    may    get    a    sinister    look."

Also   mentioned   in   the  Black  Rooms,"  post :   carefully    consider
 where   and   how   you'll   incorporate   white   in   your   black   space.   
Unless you want a truly all-black space, white will help your eye to appreciate the black...it breaks up black's all-consuming nature and visually balances the space.

Lots   of   kitchens   in   black/charcoal   are   popping   up !
The  butler's  pantry  above,  by Miles  Redd,  is  stunning  with  its  glossy  finish, 
bold  lines  and  its  moldings'  dramatic  relief.
(cautionary note: if you go for this level of gloss, be prepared to dust - a lot!)

While I'm not sure I'd want an all-black kitchen, 
I do love  kitchens  with  a  mixture  of  black  +  lighter  cabinets.  
That said, check out the below all-black space...Extraordinary!!

I'd always held onto an article in which a designer specified his "go-to color" as Benjamin Moore's    "Industrial  Maintenance  Coating  Rapid  Dry  Gloss  Enamel"   in   Safety  Black  82,  so I tried it on a custom desk I was working on last year --- this finish + heavy brass hardware and it turned out beautifully!

Martha  Stewart  Colors'     "French   Bulldog   Black"    MS025 
is  a  top-seller.... "because  it  shows  off  other  colors  so  well.     I  see  it  with  khaki  or tan.     Great  with  gray.     Beautiful  with  chartreuse  or  powder  blue."
- Kevin Sharkey

Elizabeth  Bauer  recommends   Farrow  and  Ball's    "Black  Blue   95
This  is  not  lifeless,   like  some  blacks, "    she says.
The  blue  in  it  makes  it  look  warmer.
And,  art  looks  amazing  against  it. "

Ralph  Lauren's    "Bone   Black,"     TH16 *
covers the walls above of Windsor Smith's home.  The photograph is by William Curtis Rolf, via Voila Studio, from a series he took of Deyrolle's taxidermy animals.

Nancy  Boszhardt  recommends   Benjamin  Moore's   "Black  Satin"  2131-10,  and
Dwell  Studio  recommends  Benjamin  Moore's   "Wrought  Iron"   2124-10.

Carleton  Varney   recommends
Benjamin  Moore's     "Ebony  King"     2132-20,  in  high-gloss,
and  Birch  Coffey  likes   Benjamin  Moore's    "Carbon  Copy"    2117-10.

Does   "dark  charcoal  gray"   count   as   a   black?  

Absolutely!    Many  "blacks"  used   today   are  technically  charcoals.

Emmet  Fiore  recommends   Fine  Paints  of  Europe's   "Silhouette  Gray"   4223D.    Farrow  and  Ball's   "Down  Pipe"    26   is also popular.

Benjamin   Moore's     "Deep   River"      1582 
is  a  charcoal  gray  recommended  by  Mark  Epstein.
"The  fantastic,  moody,  earthy  stone-like  walls  would  convey  a  sense  of  drama.    Soften  it  with  amber  and  Chinese  red.   
Apple  green  would  also  be  great  against  it,  or  powder  blue."

Jamie Drake recommends 
Benjamin  Moore's    "Witching  Hour"    2120-30 
which he calls "a fantastic deep gray flannel."  He suggests using it in a high gloss finish and pairing it with "crisp, white moldings and white furnishings, with accents of powder pink, pale blue and lavender or mint green."

Patrick Sutton recommends  Benjamin  Moore's   "Iron  Mountain"   2134-30   as   " an   almost   black,   charcoal   gray   that   has   enough   brown   in   it   to   keep   it   warm.     Try   it   in   a   semigloss   which   adds   depth   and   reflectivity. "

(This    is    the   best   black   around !)


Butlerette said...

Thanks Ruth!
Lovely options, and great rooms.
I was specifically looking for inspiration for a black room idea for my husbands walk in closet.
I think I have found that the look will be great!
Best, Brenda

Ruth said...

Hey - so glad you liked it! I'll bet your husband's closet will be fantastic!! :) :) Ruth

Jil Sonia McDonald said...

What a great list, thank you. I'll save those paint colours for another day!!