If you think black bedroom decor is all about teenage Goth angst, think again. Black has always been considered an elegant color (think black tie and little black dress) and it's never been more popular in decorating. Today's interior designers use black in doses both large and small to add drama to bedrooms, where the dark color adds undiluted glamour. Our black bedroom decor ideas will give your sleeping space a chic and timeless update that withstands the test of time.
Want to try out black but aren't ready to commit on a large scale? Choose one or two focal points, such as this sliding barn door and cage light fixture, to add some black magic to an otherwise light and bright room. The sharp contrast between the creamy shades and matte black creates design tension and highlights unique room features. Use a rug that has a rich pattern with just a hint of black to meld the colors.
If your bedroom doesn't have a large focal point you want to feature in black, opt for smaller touches throughout the space. In this airy room, black shows up in several iterations, including a black lamp and a bold, linear pattern on a pale rug. Wrought iron curtain rods become design features when they pop against white walls and curtains.
Use a simple metal bed frame painted jet black to frame simple, classic bedding. Balancing black can be difficult, but spreading it evenly throughout the room at various heights makes it easy. Here, the bed frame's color is repeated in the simple line art and black pillows. Small details can have a big impact, such as the black metal legs and hardware on the wood side table.
Decorating with black and grey can lead to a flat look unless you turn up the dial on texture. In this black and cream bedroom, the black, grey, and cream colors have much more impact because of contrasting textures. Nubby knits, velvets, cottons, and a deep-pile, shaggy rug all invite touch and add visual interest that doesn't require color.Shaggy Rugs for Bedroom >
Black with just a touch of blue, as in this boldly patterned bedspread, allows you to add black that isn't stark or gloomy. Pair it with a rug that features another off-black shade such as the charcoal pattern in this rug. It will read like two different colors but coordinate harmoniously. Against smoky blue walls, the different shades of black create movement through contrasting shapes. The pattern in this rug echoes the lines on the wall to tie it all together.
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An imposing, four-poster bed may be the only element you need to transform your bedroom. The intersecting lines and large scale of a bed have greater impact when painted black. The clean lines keep the focus on the color. To avoid upstaging the bed, tone down most other elements in the room by relying on a range of neutral beiges and greys. Black table lamps keep the bed from seeming disconnected from the rest of the space.
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Rather than decorating an entire bedroom in black, use unique fabrics and textures to repeat the color throughout the room. In this cream and black bedroom, the wall is the largest single black element in this room. The raised stripes on the wall are repeated in the bedding's ebony stripes on cream. Highly textured, crocheted pillows repeat the juxtaposition of black and cream, which is carried over into the rug. Bamboo blinds reinforce the importance of lines to tie it all together.
Purple is an elegant color that pairs perfectly with black and charcoal grey rooms. This sophisticated color can add warmth to your room while maintaining a very elevated tone. Purple rugs come in many different patterns, textures, and designs, so they can be used to highlight modern and vintage black bedrooms alike.Shop Purple Rugs For Bedroom >
If black walls serve as the background of your entire bedroom, choose furniture, artwork, and accents that stand out against the dark colors. You may choose to bring in warm blues, beiges, and teals like this room, or you can create a monochromatic black and white bedroom. In any case, it is important to set the walls apart from the other accents to ensure your decorations don't fade into the background.
As a shade of black, grey is a great alternative to the dauntingly dark shades of black. Choose charcoal grey and other dark grey hues to decorate your master bedroom to carry over the moodiness of black without making the space feel pitch-dark. Consider how and where you use black, and whether it is the base color on the walls or if those colors appear in wall art, beds, seats, and carpeting. The placement and shade of greys will greatly impact the room's overarching style and tone.
Monochromatic black and white bedrooms exude elegance through their stark color contrast. To create an even more elegant black themed bedroom, consider how and where you will use different finishes and materials in the room. Crystal chandeliers, polished pendant lights, grand mirrors, and ceramic vases are only a few examples of how you can decorate the room in your limited color palette and maintain that elevated, sophisticated style. To gain even more inspiration, specifically search black bedroom ideas or elegant bedroom ideas.
In contemporary black bedrooms, black is often paired with gold. To expand on your black bedroom decor, consider using gold in lights, picture frames, drawer pulls, and other metallic details. These areas are just a few places you can pull in a warm metal and to complement your room's black color palette.
Your bedroom can use a wallpaper, accent color, or natural architectural features on one wall of the room to create a focal point. This feature wall can highlight black as the main color, or you can use black throughout the room's decor to complement the room's focal wall. In any case, if you have a focal wall, be sure your room's furniture and decor all complement the wall and allow it to stand out as a primary accent.
Black is a color frequently used in rustic bedrooms, since black naturally appears in wood and dark natural settings. Your black bedroom decor can feature black table lamps, black vases, black pillows, and black wall art to round out the room's design. Within that, you can choose whether your rustic black bedroom leans into an elegant rustic style or something more cozy and lodge-like.
Minimalist black and grey bedrooms may not have many decorations, but the decor in the room is all very intentional and intentionally paired. This example shows how shimmering, reflective surfaces are used in the bedding, pillows, and nightstands to create a cohesive aesthetic. Whether you introduce these finishes to your black bedroom decor or not, be sure to choose your accents and finishes intentionally to create your unique style.Minimalist Bedroom Decor Ideas >
Black is such a stark color that it is ideal for accents and details throughout a white or muted bedroom. This room uses beautifully black birds on the wall behind a black bed frame and alongside black decor, rugs, and curtains. As you decorate your bedroom, look to black accents and murals as great opportunities to add dramatic details to your black bedroom.
Even though this example leans more into greys and silvers, it still balances those dark colors with the intentionally placed table lamps and lighted fan. Your lighting fixtures are highly important in any bedroom, but especially in dark black bedrooms. Another area to consider is how light is reflected throughout the room: this room uses reflective surfaces on the nightstands to reflect light further into the room with unique beams and style. You can similarly use reflective furniture and mirrors to brighten your black bedroom.
Overcoming the fear of using black in your home is the first step toward creating a personal space that's dramatic and dynamic. Our black bedroom decor ideas are a great jumping-off point for revamping your room in an unexpected but fresh way. Using this intense color in the right amount with other colors will breathe new life into your bedroom with classic style.
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