Black isn’t usually a color that immediately comes to mind for decorating a romantic bedroom. But after seeing these beautiful rooms with black bedroom walls, you may decide you love it!
Black Bedroom Walls
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It’s the beginning of April and you know what that means! Time for another One Room Challenge!
In case you’re not familiar with it, the One Room Challenge is hosted by Linda at Calling It Home twice a year (in the spring and the fall). It involves 20 featured design bloggers and a bunch of guest participants (including me!) making over a room in 6 weeks…and providing a weekly update on their progress (or setbacks as the case may be).
Even though it happens at about the same time every year, it seems like I am never prepared for it to start. And this year is no different. I don’t even have an excuse like I did last year. I just didn’t get around to planning it.
At least I have chosen the room that I’m going to do…my master bedroom. Ever since I remodeled my master bathroom last year, I’ve been itching to change up the bedroom, too, so now seems like as good a time as any.
Since I haven’t done much planning, this week is all about my inspiration! With my version of the Scalamandre zebras in the bathroom, I figured I needed to do something equally dramatic in the bedroom.
So I decided to go dark and moody with black bedroom walls…and a little glam thrown in for good measure.
As usual when I’m looking for some ideas, I went straight to Pinterest, did a search for black bedroom ideas, and found a ton of pictures with black bedroom walls. I saved the ones I really like to my master bedroom board, and then looked for similarities among them to come up with my bedroom makeover wish list.
So here is my final list of inspirations for black bedroom designs.
Glam Up Black Bedroom Walls With White And Gold
One of my favorite black bedroom designs was done by Jessie D. Miller (aka. The Design Daredevil) for the One Room Challenge a few years ago. I love the black, white and gold color scheme and that light fixture is to die for!
Since I already have a lot of white and gold in my room (that I like and want to keep), this fits right in with my own black bedroom ideas.
In that same room, I love the view from the bed, too. The reading nook is a great way to provide shelving and seating without taking up much space.
And the black walls really make the artwork pop.
Feature a Stunning Light Fixture
Okay, this dark grey bedroom by Lee Ledbetter isn’t actually black. But it would work just as well with black bedroom walls.
It has the same gold accents as the room above, and another one of those light fixtures that I love! I think I’m sensing a trend.
The dark walls and ceiling make sure that the light fixture is a focal point in the room.
Play With Paint Texture
I love the combination of blue/purple curtains with the black, and the high gloss ceiling. It really adds some drama to the room.
High gloss paint isn’t really an option for my bedroom since it has a popcorn ceiling. The gloss would make all those bumps even more noticeable! But I think going in the complete opposite direction with matte paint will also make a statement.
Add Warmth With A Fireplace
Here’s another view of the same space. I’m starting to see a fireplace trend in the black bedroom designs I have chosen (that is definitely not something I was planning for!)
I think the fireplace (even if it’s not real) helps to add some warmth, which can often be missing from a room with black walls.
Add More Warmth With Fabric Texture
Using a tufted, suede headboard and some very cozy looking blankets on the bed helps to make this bedroom with black walls look more inviting.
Another point that isn’t really specific to black bedroom designs (but certainly helps with the texture aspect): I think all bedrooms should have an area rug on the floor around the bed. Besides adding a warm look to the room, it’s much nicer to step on when you are getting out of bed in the morning.
Use Accent Colors
Another one of my favorite black bedroom designs of all time is this one by Karen at Making Spaces.
I love the beautiful mural! The pink and green accent colors add some interest to the space, along with the black crown moldings and the fireplace (yep, it’s definitely a trend!)
Bring In Light With Mirrors
In this black bedroom from Haneen’s Haven, the mirrored side tables with large mirrors behind them that to bring light into the space. That’s one of my must-haves for decorating a black room to keep the space from looking like a cave.
She also uses some of the other black bedroom ideas with the pops of pink and the fuzzy throw that keep the room feeling warm.
Make The Headboard Stand Out
This boho glam bedroom from Kimberley at Swoon Worthy is…well…swoon worthy. The yellow headboard against the black bedroom walls definitely makes it stand out.
I also love the industrial corner brace details on the bedside table…not sure how I’m going to work that into my design but I’ll have to try!
Contrast Shiny With Matte
I love the idea of contrasting the black lacquer night stands and moldings with a more textured matte background.
It makes all the elements in the room stand out.
Update A Traditional Room
Note: This image cannot be pinned due to houzz.com restrictions
My last image with black bedroom walls came from Houzz.com. I love the contrast of the white and the black, along with the mirror tables and crystal lighting. (And look…another fireplace!)
Most of the room’s details are very traditional, from the chandelier and ceiling medallion to the wainscoting and panel mouldings. But it doesn’t feel at all traditional because of the black paint.
Well, there you have it, all of the black bedroom ideas I’ll be using as inspiration for my bedroom makeover.
The “Before” Bedroom
Oh, before I forget…let me show you what I’m starting with.
It’s not totally awful, but it definitely needs some updating, and some drama.
There’s a lot of old furniture that I still have because it’s functional. Like the old Bombay Company end tables that have a ton of storage but aren’t really my style anymore.
The tall mirror in the corner is a really old IKEA rotating shelving unit…another great-for-storage item that doesn’t add much to the decor.
And the armoire on the left side of the bed (another piece with lots of storage!) that really makes the room feel crowded.
On the other side of the bed, I have a bookshelf which is too small for the space, and really needs some styling!
Then there’s the old wall-to-wall blue carpet that came with the house (you can see a bit of it around the edges of the area rug)…it definitely has to go!
Well, that’s the extent of what I have done so far, but I will definitely have to get going on my black bedroom design plan. Lucky for me, my mother is coming to visit just in time to help me paint 🙂
Update: Now that the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge is over, find out how my moody master bedroom makeover turned out, including the last-minute design change that could have been a total disaster! (But thankfully, wasn’t…)
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This post was originally published on April 4, 2018 but was updated with new content on April 16, 2020.