Black walls are bold, daring, and elegant. This room went from bright white to black and the effect is stunning.
I love white. It’s bright, it’s clean and crisp looking and it’s the perfect backdrop to any style, any decor. And it has my heart. Probably always will. (You can see pics of my dining room in all it’s white glory here in this post.)
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Blame it on the changing of the seasons.
Blame it on a wild hair.
Blame it on seeing one too many gorgeous dark rooms on Pinterest.
Blame it on just wanting to try something waaaaayyy outside of my “norm”.
Whatever it was, I gathered up my boys and
dragged them along skipped gleefully to my local Home Depot to scrutinize all the different shades of black on the BEHR Marquee display.
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Which shade of black?
To be noted: there are as many shades of black as there are shades of white. It is both fun and overwhelming at the same time. But mostly fun. 😉
I chose Limousine Leather by BEHR Marquee – it was the blackest black I could find without any weird purple or brown undertones. With the woodwork in my dining room, I wanted to be sure it was BLACK – and not “purple-y or brown-y black”.
Look at that wet paint! (Also, the real life happening with kids’ shoes and dishes in the background. When a room calls to be painted, everything else must be put on hold. That’s how we roll here.) 😉
But I got my one wall done and sent a photo to my Aunt Judy, not really sure what she was going to say. She’s been painting walls in homes for a living for years. I trust her….aaaand she encouraged me to do the whole room.
Say what?? LOL! Obviously, she loved the effect the black walls were giving me.
So after a little back and forth in my head, I dove in. My boys loved the color, too. “Go big or go home, right?” 😀
Did I mention that Mr. 1915 was gone for work for a couple days when I decided to paint this room? Yep. And he had no idea that I was going to paint it BLACK. Ha ha!! “Surprise!!????” (insert nervous laughter here)
This was either going to be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back or he was gonna smile, shrug, and roll with it.
Only time would tell.
Note: As I mentioned earlier, I was just going to do one wall, so I didn’t think one wall was worth it to get out my HomeRight Paint Stick EZ Twist. However, had I known that I was going to do the whole room, I would have definitely used it. It would have saved me a bunch of time. Oh well.
To say I’m delighted with how my black dining room turned out would be a massive understatement. And with all the Fall decor that’s coming out of storage, these black walls are going to really highlight all the rich tones and colors of the season.
*Sidenote: I almost edited the tar out of the below photo. When the light hits this wall just right, you can totally see where there used to be a door…and a shabby patch job done by who-knows-who. (I didn’t even know it was there until I painted the wall black) You see, 1915 House used to be a duplex, back in WWII and these walls have seen a LOT over the past 100+ years. But I decided to leave the photo alone. This house has stories to tell – and walls where doors once were is part of her story. I love her in her imperfection and scars. (But I might do some board and batten down the road just to polish her up. She deserves it.)
And that chair? She’s pretty special, too. She was a gift to my Momma when she turned 16 and was learning the guitar. The chair needs work and love. But once again, I love her as she is. There is so much beauty in the imperfection, if we’re willing to see it, sweet friend. So look past the flaws and see the beauty inside.
This advice works for really well for people, too. 😉
When Mr. 1915 returned from his work trip, he walked in the door and immediately saw the black walls in the dining room…..I so desperately wanted to video his reaction but I didn’t hear him coming home…
He took one look, gave me a little smile and said,” Went black, huh?”
I’m telling you, he’s really hard to throw for a loop. He just rolls with all my crazy ideas and things I do in our home. God knew I needed a laid-back guy and Mr. 1915 is just that.
Praise be. 😀
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