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A $98 Dollar Makeover Our Living Room with Black Wall Paint

The thing I love most about this transformation, is that is was super inexpensive and really shows the true power of paint… and the lack of! This living room with black wall paint makeover cost less than $98 to do and changed the entire look of the room!

Black living room wall with wood fireplace surround

Here’s a peek at what it looked like beforehand for contrast. I love how the black wall paint changed the entire feel of the room. Before the white walls blended into the ceiling, now there is so much more visual interest and the illusion of the ceiling melting into the trim to make it look taller. When choosing my paint finish, I used a matte/flat sheen for my black living room walls. Matte paint hides the imperfections of an older home like mine that has quite the less-than-perfect walls.

Fall mantel with owls and grasses and a printable fall banner

The cost for this living room makeover with black wall paint really came in at the supply level. I used a half a gallon of matte black paint at $35, the vintage art work I thrifted was $35, and the supplies for stripping the fireplace were about $28…$98!

Midcentury modern art on a black painted wall and waxed wood fireplace

See: the fireplace stripping process

After the fireplace was stripped from the paint down to the bare wood and the fireplace mantel was rehung, I fell in love with the end result. It really made the natural texture of the wood mantel an eye-catching show piece.

Midcentury modern art over the wood fireplace with a ponytail palm

I decided to paint the wall black for contrast because the other wall in the living room was already painted with a black accent wall to hide the TV and to create a living plant wall. I knew it would show up much better than back on the white wall. I kept the mantel simple with a cute ponytail palm and the vintage MidCentury artwork I found at the thrift store for $35. I love how it works so well with the wood of the fireplace and the deep, dark wall color and adds warmth to the room look.

Ivy and wandering jew on a a wood fireplace

I chose Universal Black by Benjamin Moore. It’s a wonderful actual ” black” color without any green hues or undertones. The dark color makes the small room feel cozy with sophistication, not cramped or tight. Black walls and dark paint make a great backdrop for lighter colors, which is why the light wood tone works so well against it. I love using contrast in interior design. It think it’s such an important trick.

living room with black wall paint with wood fireplace surround and plants

Even though neutrals and whites and grays have been king for a long time, we are now moving into dark paint colors and wallpaper. Those pops of color are now turning into full-blown saturated color. Especially in rooms such as dining rooms, living rooms and even small spaces like apartments and powder rooms.

Ponytail Palm in a gold pot

When adding decor and accessories, I wanted to use gold/brass. The vintage art plays a little with color off of my rug with warm, orangey, rust and desert tones to really warm up the black. It makes the space feel cozy instead of too modern or industrial. I loved the brightly patterned throw pillow on the couch with the rug.

living room with black wall paint with Midcentury modern art on a black painted wall and waxed wood fireplace and plants

So what do you think about black rooms? Is it something you could so in your own home? If the idea of a dark wall color seems intimidating, thing about a slightly softer look with navy, or a deep blue statement wall instead of doing the entire room painted in dark colors.

Now that my walls are painted black, I would love to get a lighter leather sofa (cause I kind of hate the one I have now, I am so over gray), and add some light curtains, pillows and fabric to soften it a little. That’s the best part… I can do lots of color, or keep it softer with simpler colors and tones like creams or even linens to create very different spaces.