Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Kitchen with a black accent wall

Using black as a design back drop can be quite striking.  A dark wall acting as what I am calling a "black drop" can pack a design punch.  I have noticed the trend of going black with walls.  I am an all white wall type of girl but I think this black wall look can be sophisticated, dramatic and quite stylish in some cases.

Here are 6 ways to decorate with black walls:

1)  Tile a black wall - Love the look in this bathroom with the cement tiles on the floor, white walls all around and the feature black wall with large field tiles. (below)

Bathroom with black accent wall and cement tile floor

2) Paint a built in black - Great cozy library space with black walls and black built in book shelves and white coffered ceiling. (below)

Home library with black built in book shelves

3) Go black on the kitchen cabinets - Below is a striking black small kitchen with stainless and silver accents.  This works! (below)

Small black kitchen with stainless and silver accents

4) Black shiny walls in a dining room - Amp up the chic in your dining room with semi gloss black painted walls.  Make sure to add in some wall molding for detail and visual interest. (below)

Black walls in a dining room

5) Black textured wallpaper - Find some solid black wallpaper with a bit of texture to it (perhaps a sea grass) and add it to a bedroom wall or in hallway! (below)

Black textured wallpaper in a bedroom

6) Black brick wall - Have some exposed brick that is not looking so good exposed...consider painting it black for a modern sleek look. (Note: I love exposed brick walls so if your wall doesn't need to be painted don't do it!) (below)
Black brick wall in a home

Would you dare to do a black wall in your house?  I think I would stick with white walls in mine but I applaud and admire anyone brave enough to take the design leap and decorate with black walls!  My favorite is the very first picture in the post of a modern kitchen with marble island and black sleek cabinets.  Tres chic in my view!

Happy Tuesday!


P.S.  Today is the last day of ICFF in New York today!  I forgot to mention.  Mirth Studio is showing an amazing collection of  painted wood tile floors there...including COCOCOZY wood tile floors.  These are wood floor tiles painted with my designs on them.  If you are at ICFF, make sure to stop by Mirth Studio in booth 307 to take a look at my tiles and so much more.
COCOCOZY Cane pattern painted wood tile floor Mirth Studio
COCOCOZY Cane Wood Tile floor from Mirth Studio - $26 per square foot (above)

Photos: The Contemporist; M House Inc.; lda Architects; Brendon Wong; Magdalena Keck; Design Files


  1. Love your new cane/ wood tile floor Coco! The black library above is really stunning!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. I love the bathroom and the bedroom. When black is used correctly, be it furniture or decor it can look super stylish. Great inspiration :O)

  3. Love the textured wallpaper! Adds dimension to a room.