Black is a powerful color (or rather, non-color). It’s daunting (and not advised unless you really know what you’re doing) to decorate a room primarily in black. You’ve already learned about the wisdom of black accents; today we’ll focus on black trim in particular.
Painting your trim black adds definition to rooms of any color. Because trim is typically white or wood, painting it black gives an edgy, dramatic vibe to a room without turning into a depressing black hole. It’s crisp, stark, and graphic, and as a bonus, it doesn’t scuff like light colors do (though it does show dust and dings faster).
Black trim can become a focal point in a lackluster room, perking up uninspired or unfocused decor with an energetic yet sophisticated touch. It automatically attracts the eye, drawing attention away from less-than-lovely aspects of the room and highlighting architectural features and details (or creating an illusion of architecture where it doesn’t exist). It serves as contrast for white or light-hued rooms and complements black undertones in patterned wall treatments.
Defining your decor can be as simple as painting the door or window frame, stair rail, bookcase, or basic moldings:
(How awesome are those black-outlined door panels?)
Would you dare to go for drama?
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