I once bought a house where all the doors, window frames and skirting boards had been painted black. I thought it was hideous and, shortly after we moved in, set about repainting everything in white. Now I think I must have been mad. I have totally come around to this look. Dark frames really finish off a room and add a great sense of drama and style to a space and I’m seriously considering getting out the black (or navy paint) in this house.
Have a look at these pictures and see what you think. And if you’re still in any doubt then you should also have a look at Chantal Coady’s kitchen. The founder of Rococo Chocolates has painted her window frames in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue and it looks fantastic. And her house is often being featured in magazines too so she must be good at this sort of thing.
A black window frame can really frame the view outside and turn it into something special.
Dark greys and blacks are also very on trend at the moment but if you don’t want to put it all over the walls, then just painting the window frames can be an effective nod to a style.
I love these rooms with a mix of black and white and natural materials. But see how the plant with its purple flowers totally zings up the space.
The look is a little more rustic here but that might just make it easier to achieve. The thought of black cupboards as well as the floor and doors might seem a little overwhelming but it works brilliantly in this space. I particularly like the contrast between the large black doors and the smaller cupboard ones, which have been kept white.
The bathroom is a great place to start with a monochrome scheme like this as they often work better with a restricted colour palette.
The long pendant black lights really pick up the details of the black frames. Another one of my secret desires – internal windows. All very Alice in Wonderland.
So what do you think? A little black paint for anyone?