November 11th, 2008

Paint it black

So, the latest issue of Domino features no less than 3 different houses that boast rooms with black painted walls. I am a total fan of black for both dressing and decorating and can be found wearing it, oh, 90% of the time. I love it! It’s classic and timeless (as well as slimming). To do it on four walls, though, I think you really have to know how to pull it off with furniture and accessories that keep it from feeling depressing and Goth-like. One sure way to soften and “pretty” the look of a black wall is to add stenciled pattern. OF COURSE I’m biased, but just look at these lovely wall photos sent by Rachael Goddard of Paint/Design/Decor/Inc.

Stencils Royal Design Studio

The Moorish Trellis in a hallway.

Stencils Royal Design Studio

The Delicate Floral Damask. How cool is that lampshade??

Stencils Royal Design Studio

Yes, I know. This one isn’t black, but the Fortuny stencil sure looks pretty here ;)  Thanks for sharing Rachael!

5 Responses to “Paint it black”

  1. Karen Jorgenson Says:

    Totally digging the moorish one. Is the stencil in grey or just a gloss?

  2. Lauri Says:

    I love the black incorporating more black into my own home. Curious about the stencil applicaiton also. Thanks!

  3. Maryam in Marrakech Says:

    oooh I love the moorish one, too (surprise!)

  4. Rachael Goddard Says:

    I’m so glad that you guys like the stencils! The moorish stencil (large pattern) I used with a Dunn Edwards black wall paint in matte finish called “Cover of Night” which is my stock standard black – it is a chalky black that is fabulous. The stencil paint I used was Modern Masters Metallic Black. The matte black wall paint with the metallic paint overlay gives great dimension!

  5. Hand Painted Stenciled Furniture | Painted Furniture Says:

    [...] Designamourfeatured this outstanding picture of an entry way using Royal Design Studio's Moorish Trellis stencil using black on black.  This is a popular approach to using stencils, and one of the most elegant patterns and the easiest.  Not only does it look timeless, but it is fairly simple to accomplish using any color.   Using a suggested eggshell or flat paint as your base, and using the same color, stencil in your pattern in a gloss paint.    Lauren uses the same technique on a serpentine secretary and finishes the interior in a faux tortoise shell.  It is beyond dramatic!  Stenciled Walls and Window Treatments [...]