Wednesday, January 15

Ubiquitus blogger black walls

You may remember that I have been working on making our bedroom amazing for a long time. I work slowly, I admit. I have spent about sixty!! dollars on paint sample pots so far, so many colors. I can't ever seem to find exactly what I am looking for. I wanted white, soft pink, grey, violet...you name it I have tried it. The room was dark brown (when it had carpet, and small windows,) then BM Woodlawn Blue, but I chose that color before the new doors went in, and the floors, so it looks much brighter than it did when I chose it. Its too little boy blue for me.

Then it hit me...black. All of our furniture is white in there, and there isn't really a lot of wall space anyway. Most of it is doors, or bookshelves (which we will also paint black.)!!!

Like, duh. So obvious. Of course this is ooooolllld news. Let me tell you exactly what changed my mind from white to black. Jordan's room, and Jenny's living room. Lets analyze shall we?


Jordan went with Valspar's Dark Kettle Black.  I like it, and if I am not mistaken, I think the ceiling is a pinkish wash. I plan to paint our ceilings 50% Opal by Benjamin Moore, its stunning. Here it is in full force. I found those images by googling the color after I fell hard for it at the paint store. Our ceiling is huge and we will certainly have to hire a painter for that, but I have been dying to paint it for ever.


I like how the walls recede, and that there is so much light. We have the same color (more or less) floors, the thing about wood floors is that they reflect light as well.


Ok, this shows our old bed, we have a new one now, white. But you get a sense of how large our ceiling is, its kind of like its own element and needs to be addressed. But see how there isn't much "wall space" so black would look hot. Those two white doors to bathroom, closet are being changed to oak next week, no stain, just waxed.


Ok, ew, lets move on from these photos. Oh, one more thing; the black will make the green in our patio really pop! Our bed btw.


Ok moving on to more black wall inspiration. You have probably already seen these...sorry to be so lame. These work b/c they have large windows, and a lot of white. I like how the windows are white in the below image, but I would probably have painted them black.


The room that started it all. You know there was some pretty weird sex going on in here...just saying.


Amazing black bookshelves. I am so doing this to our bookshelves. Tutorial on how to paint Ikea here.


As you can see, art looks amazing on black as well.


This image convinces me that my moulding should also be matte black.


My favorite black room of all time!


Jenny tells me that her living room is Farrow and Ball's Blue Black seen here. I already bought a sample pot, can't wait for it to arrive. Oh, and in case you are interested, this is the art going above the bed, huge, like 70 inches wide, on a black wall. I am actually so excited I could peepee!


19 comments:

  1. yeah! When we bought our first home about a year ago, I painted our bedroom walls and all the trim Benjamin Moore's graphite and LOVE IT! It's cozy and sophisticated and chic. It made me want to paint all the rooms black, but I didn't bc that would be too much.

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    1. Your black bedroom is beautiful! I love the white floors, we also have two bedrooms with 100 year old floors that are not in great shape, I was thinking of painting them white as well. I have to convince my husband!

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  2. GORGEOUS. I love all of the choices you've made here. One quick question-- I know you've mentioned printing photographs from the Hubblesite before, but I can't remember how you did it. Would you help me find that posting? I love that idea. And I hope to be able to afford a Michelle Armas original some day too! :)

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    1. Here you go Jenn:
      http://armasdesign.blogspot.com/2012/12/nebula-wrapping-paper.html

      Just do it on as large a scale as you want.

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    2. YESSSSSSSSS thank you

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  3. I LOVE black rooms and have long tried to figure out which room in my house I could paint said black. I think it's best to use it in a room in the middle of the house so there's a light room on the other side of it no matter where you are in the room. (Not that I've thought about it a lot.) But let me be the devil's advocate for a minute. Are the oak doors and floors going to look too orange in a black room? It would suck to have a Halloween-themed bedroom.

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    1. You are so right, there needs to be a light, bright room leading into it, or away from it. I have thought of that too! The floors may look a bit yellower, but I am going for a black with blue tones, so that should help.

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  6. I have one of those husbands who doesn't understand that you may need to paint more than once because your first color choice, once up, just doesn't cut it. It's always a battle. But he does all the cooking so I can't kick him to the curb.

    Your room is gonna kick big booty!

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  7. Black walls are NOT something that works in Portland. There's a reason everything is always painted shimmery sparkling white -- we have very little sunlight to work with. ;)

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    1. ha! Yes thats true. BUT, I noticed some amazing peach walls in Portland, and you can't pull those off without moody light. I was like "if I move here, I am doing peach up the wazoo!"

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    2. True! Peaches and yellows are very common interior colors here as well, to contrast the blues and greys outside. I find it fairly colorful here generally, for the same reason I think. Lots of wild house colors in my neighborhood, which I don't usually notice in summertime, but which POP like mad in the rainy half light.

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  8. That's going to be great Michelle! Also...that art? Amazing! I may steal that idea, that's some science-y stuff that I could get my husband on board with!

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  9. Thank you for bringing us along on the room redesign. I look forward to watching this room come together. We once had a lavender/gray/taupe bedroom. The color cost a fortune in sample pots and custom mixing, but it was worth it in the end. That art will be stunning!

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    1. Its so true that its worth it to spend whatever it is to get to the right color. Plus you really learn along the way too.

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  10. In my old house I used Behr 'dark cavern'...similar floors to your pics. It's a warm charcoal-black...looks brown/blue/green depending on the light. It was amazing...just a thought! ps I thoroughly enjoyed looking in your closet (creepy?) I LOVE closets, clothes, organizing, shoes, jewellery.......what could be better?!

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  11. THnaks! I love paint suggestions! I also love looking inside personal spaces, its so fun to see how people organize.

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  12. I'm pro-black walls so I say go to town.

    You're also blowing my mind with the Hubble picture idea! LIKE, MIND. BLOWN. I've got some smaller things I want to work on but never thought about BIG big...

    Space FTW!!

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