Get The Look: Stunning Black Accent Wall Ideas

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Have you been thinking about adding a black accent wall to your house? A black wall can be a beautiful addition to your design but you do have to make sure you don’t overdo it. Black can be scary especially when you think accent walls but I am going to show you some inspiring rooms that will have you embracing dark walls and picking up that paintbrush today!

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Are Black Walls A Good Idea?

Don’t be afraid of dark walls!

Black walls are both modern and dramatic and can make your space feel cozier and more inviting. There is a certain element of drama with black without being too over the top. Not to mention it looks cool!

Black is essentially a neutral color – it goes with everything! Whether your design style is modern, farmhouse or traditional you can incorporate a black wall into your design.

What Colors Go With A Black Wall?

Practically every color goes with black but if you are thinking about putting it on the wall, you should generally opt for light and bright neutral shades to pull the look together.

White or off-white curtains, furniture, vases and throw pillows will stand out and pop against the dark wall helping the room come together. Add some gold elements for a more dramatic look.

Add a few wood elements to the room to really put it over the edge.

Bright or light-colored accents will pop against the dark background as well.

How To Pull Off A Black Wall

When you are adding a black accent wall to a room, it’s important to think about the space as a whole to get the most dramatic effect. Here are some tips to keep in mind when styling a room with a dark wall.

Use Light-Colored Linens

Using light-colored linens in the room and in general, will keep everything from looking too heavy and dreary. Consider your bedding, curtains, throw pillows, rugs, etc.

White knit blanket on wood background

Add Some Artwork

A black wall is perfect for displaying light-colored or even white artwork. Black walls allow your artwork to really stand out. You can go with one big piece or add a gallery wall, either one will work! I also like the look of black and white photos against a solid black wall.

The fun part about a black accent wall is you don’t have to stick to the traditional artwork, you can play around with unique wall decor to really personalize the space.

Black accent wall with wainscoting in bedroom

Repeat Black Somewhere Else In The Room

If you want to add a whole new level of elegance to the room, repeat the color black somewhere else. Whether it’s a black lamp, a black-trimmed mirror, or just some black accents you won’t regret it.

For a budget-friendly solution, think about using some spray paint to paint some of your existing accents black!

Add Some Greenery

Consider adding some greenery to create a striking look against your wall. Plants and leaves can prevent the room from looking too stark and it looks amazing! Consider a faux olive tree or even a large fig tree to really make your black walls pop.

Black Shiplap Wall With large plants and white curtains

Pattern, Texture, and Style

Not ready to commit to a painted black wall? Consider breaking it up by adding some texture or pattern to the wall. That can be by using wallpaper or wood such as shiplap, panels, etc.

What Wall Should You Paint black?

When it comes to choosing the right wall, you want to keep a few things in mind. The first thing to think about is the lighting. You want to look for a room that has good natural lighting so that the room doesn’t end up feeling dreary.

You also want to consider the furniture you already have in the room. If you are working with a room that has a lot of dark-colored furniture, you may want to reconsider a room that has a more neutral, lighter palette.

Black Accent Wall Paint

There are many different options for black paint but here are some of my favorites!

If you are struggling to find the right black paint color for your home, consider trying out some peel & stick paint samples. They come in 12×12 and can easily be moved around to different sections of the wall.

Black Accent Wall Ideas

Here are some rooms with black walls that will hopefully give you some ideas on how you can incorporate this look into your own home.

Black Accent Wall Bedroom

A bedroom is a perfect place for a black accent wall. Create an alluring ambiance in your bedroom with a black accent wall positioned behind the bed. Infusing dark, moody vibes, this design choice adds a touch of sophistication and coziness to your space, turning your bedroom into a stylish sanctuary.

Black Bookshelves In Home Office

I am obsessed with this look! Instead of painting a wall, consider painting a set of built-in bookshelves like this one from Just A Girl. I love how the neutral decor just pops in this space.

Find some cheap home decor to add to the shelves and you have a stunning statement wall!

Black Painted Built In Bookshelves In Home Office

Black Living Room Wall

Black is a classic, timeless color (think little black dress). Consider going black in your living room to create a cozy space. When you have a partially large living room, incorporating a black wall can help it to feel more intimate and inviting.

Black accent wall in living room

Black Accent Wall Office

With more and more people working from home, having an office space that you enjoy being in can help you be more productive.

One of the things I love about this office space is how the black wall makes the room feel cozy, but the window brightens up the room. Don’t be afraid to use black in a well lit room.

Related: 53 Easy Home Office Wall Decor Ideas

Wood Plank Black Accent Wall

Elevate your bedroom’s rustic allure with a striking touch – a black wooden board accent wall. The deep, dark tones of this design choice infuse warmth and character, transforming your bedroom into a cozy retreat with a contemporary edge.

Black Accent Wall With Wooden Slats

Consider using wood slats to create this amazing black accent wall! The wood element makes this space look very high-end. Pair it with greenery and brown accents to give it the look of luxury.

Black Shiplap Wall

I love the look of the black shiplap! We added a white shiplap wall in our family room, but there is something about black shiplap that grabs my attention.

I just love how the combination of black and texture really makes a room look inviting. You could easily keep costs down by adding faux shiplap and painting it black!

Black Accent Wall Ideas For Your Bathroom

Are black bathrooms in style? Yes! Black bathrooms are very trendy right now. This picture is the perfect example of how elegant and sophisticated a black bathroom can look.

One thing to consider is painting the longest wall in the bathroom black as it will help the room appear larger by emphasizing the length. If you want to take the look up a few notches, consider finishing off the space with black hardware such as cabinet knobs, light fixtures, and frames.

Notice how this bathroom pulls in the white colors, greenery, and natural light.

Black Wallpaper For Walls

If you are nervous about a solid black wall, another option is to go with a black wallpaper that has a bit of texture or pattern to it. Wallpaper can also be easier to reflect the light off of, so this might be an option if you are concerned with how much natural light your room gets.

I love how the subtle pattern of this black wallpaper adds a bit of character to this bedroom.

This black silk wallpaper has just a bit of texture to it and the best part is that it is peel & stick!

Black Wainscoting Wall Elegance

Unleash a timeless and refined aesthetic with a black wainscoting wall. The classic charm of wainscoting takes on a bold twist, creating a sophisticated backdrop that effortlessly elevates any room.

This is a sleek design choice that is fairly inexpensive and creates a huge impact.

Painted Black Living Room Built In’s

This room from Craft Berry Bush makes me want to add built-ins to my living room! Remember that it’s the neutral colors, greenery, and lighting that really make this space work.

Black Painted Built-In Bookshelves around fireplace

Black Accent Wall Design

Another way to add some texture is to go with a black batten wall! You can create this whole look using pine boards! The best part is that you can space them apart in any way that you see fit. This is a DIY project that can completely transform any room in your home without breaking the bank.

Black Brick Wall

Why not make a statement and go bold with a black brick wall? For a more budget-friendly option, install faux brick panel and paint it black.


There you have it! Hopefully, you picked up some ideas on how you can incorporate a black accent wall into your home. Is this on your list of DIY Projects this weekend??

Black Paint Colors

Scared of picking the wrong black paint? Try out some peel & stick paint samples before you commit!

Once you have decided on what you want to do remember it’s the finishing touches that pull the design together.

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