Feb 11, 2014

Paint A Black Accent Wall

Mazi and I are excited to show you what we have been working on.


BEFORE
I wanted a photo collage in the living room but the sofa made the wall feel too small for the look I was going for. The piano takes up the only solid interior wall so it feels like the sofa should go along the other.
But I tried something different....
I don't want to block natural light from coming in but there aren't many options for the sofa.
Here is the front foyer to the living room. The sofa doesn't block the entry at all. I thought it might be a tight squeeze.
I think it works!
Our living room looks into the craft room/homework space
Plenty of sun comes through in the morning and the evening so this space can handle the dark color. The walls are painted Northampton Putty by Benjamin Moore. The black wall is an "oops" paint from Lowe's. I got really lucky to have found a gallon of flat black paint for $5. I would have purchased chalkboard paint, otherwise.
White and natural colors really "pop" against the black.
Like this beautiful horse photo.
I find that stacking benches and trunks helps me consolidate items that I don't have a lot of room for but I still want to keep. I actually love the look.
(our master bedroom has a stacked trunk and bench too see it HERE)
I made room for my accent wall and photos (which you will see more about in a future post) and the room has more of a "cool factor".
What do you think?
Maybe I should spend more time in here.
Mazi is in heaven on neighborhood watch while sitting on the white sofa - a Pottery Barn drop Cloth slipcover.

That was a fun and easy update.

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46 comments :

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It WORKS girl!!! I LOVE it!!!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

It's gorgeous!!! I love it!!

a house full of vintage said...

I'm in love with this black wall!! You did it so beautifully and it works perfect in that room! This is giving me lots of ideas now:)

Katie Mansfield said...

So pretty and so chic.

ANNE said...

LOVE the accent wall & that old door in your entry AND your super cute pup!

Debra Oliver said...

I think it's gorgeous!! I dare you to paint the rest of the walls the same color. It's such a light large room, I think you should fully commit!

BaileyWife said...

I love it Holly! I would definitely use it more! Put a couple chairs facing your sofa for good conversation and I bet your whole family will use it. ;) ~ Kim

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love it, holly! the gallery just pops off of it!

Kelly said...

Now I know why you featured some black and white inspiration photos in one of your recent posts! I love the way that accent wall looks! The items you hung on the wall look great too.

Stacey said...

I love it! The pictures really show up now and those twiggy frames are great.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I think the sofa looks good there and I love the black wall. Mazie is so cute!

chateau chic said...

Your wall is very dramatic, Holly! I like it a lot!!!
Mary Alice

Robyn B said...

love it so much!!

Cheryl Thornton said...

Looks great Holly! I really LOVE those twig frames too!

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

Diane said...

Looks dynamic. Love the pic of the horse! Hugs, Diane

20 North Ora said...

Love that black wall! What a gorgeous accent from the foyer! Beautiful. I am your newest follower.

Judy

ohiofarmgirl said...

I love the way it looks but I would not be able to handle it in my home. All winter it is so dark a dreary and I would not be able to handle the darkness. But congrats for being so daring! Dianntha

Audrey said...

I would never believe I would say I love a Black wall, but WOW, it really looks great.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

White Lace and Promises said...

Love the black wall and the bench!

NanaDiana said...

Holy COW! That looks fantastic! I absolutely love it. I think it is very classy looking and really makes the room pop! xo Diana

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I think it works beautifully! I wish I loved painting as much as you do! LOL! I love the twiggy frames on your wall too!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, how fantastic is this and what a great idea. Hugs, Marty

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...

Yep, I think it works! It has a neat feel to it. I love the contrast with the wall, the wood floor, & the white.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Holly, that looks AMAZING!!! It SO works, nicely done with the frames too!!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

It looks great! Very eye-catching.

Deb Hrabik said...

There you go again! - making such a great design statement. Your brand is recognizable and beautiful - very livable.
Inspiring,
Deb@LakeGirlPaints

Cynthia said...

Holly this turned out great and I love the trunk stack. The wall turned out great. Mazi, she is a photo ham and adorable!

Cynthia

Gail said...

Well I think you and Mazi did an awesome job! It looks great!! Mazi is adorable!!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh I love this look...I saw it over at Oliver and Rust too! Great job!

Jamala Wallace said...

Wow..that was a dramatic change - I love it.. The boldness of the look is fab.. great job

Gypsy Heart said...

I love it! I've wanted a black wall for eons. :) I just shared my navy accent wall and I'm loving it. Had a choice of 5 colors when I moved here. I think the sofa is great where it is now and obviously Maizie likes it! She is so cute ~

xo
Pat

lynn said...

when my son was a teenager, we painted one of his walls black. i LOVED it, and i love yours, holly! how cute is maizie?! happy vday!

Christine Vandormolen said...

so the problem with this post is that it makes me want to paint a wall black as well.....it truly looks awesome!!!!!!Mazie looks so flippin cute!!!!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your black wall is so striking! Mazi looks so cute. I got behind in my grooming and our dogs had to have haircuts--I can't wait til they are long again because I love the long haired look...Happy Valentine's day!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, that looks great, Holly! Now that is a statement wall!

Pendra said...

I love the look of black and white, there is something so classic about it. Black has always been an accent color I love along with black and white toile mixed with stripes and checks. My daughter has been after me for years to let it go... I don't think I can!! I totally LOVE your black wall, what a WOW factor and looks so stunning with the light white curtains... and of course Mazi always shines up a room! Loved your valentine bedroom too... you just have tooooo much energy for me, I can't keep up! I'm working on my main bathroom right now, and pulling wallpaper down on my 2story foyer, but I seem to jump from space to space and never seem to get any room totally done. But the house is getting better all the time. Just wish I felt that I had one room done... focus, I just need to focus!
Goofy hugs,
Pendra

Suzanne Dyck said...

I believe your sofa is at the right place, Holly! Enough sunlight can still come in to your house because of your large windows. Anyway, great job on our accent wall! Now that you have more space for your photos, I’m expecting another batch of captivating ones on this wall. Thanks for the share! :)

Suzanne Dyck

Eclectically Vintage said...

Stunning color and gallery wall!!
Kelly

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Just gorgeous, Holly! Mazi is adorable. :)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

We had a black wall in our last house and I LOVED it! WE also painted our basement "rec room" ceiling black 40 years ago. We were WAY ahead of our time:):) Love your wall. EVERYTHING pops against a black wall. Beautiful!!!

From the Old InkWell said...

Amazing dramatic wall! What a great idea for your space. Your picture gallery, white curtains and sofa just pop now. I'm a new follower.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Absolutely gorgeous !!!
I once had a dining room painted entirely black - with all the moldings white - ( it was what sold the house in one day with 8 offers )
Paint the whole room black !!!
LOVE it - and you make me want to do it again :)
Your wall looks beautifully sophisticated and magazine worthy !
XOXO

Laura Lane said...

I never thought of black as a wall color, but I like it!


Laura

Lynn@FernAvenueBlog said...

It totally works!! And..holy moly I can't believe how big Mazi has gotten. She's adorable!

Jude F said...

When I saw the name of the post (something about a black wall) I thought, I'm not going to like this. . . but I was so wrong! Really dramatic, like everyone else I love it! Good for you for having the guts to "black it out!"

Keya Davis said...

I just saw your accent wall over at the wood grain cottage - I absolutely love everything about it!
keya

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