I have been very drawn to black walls (or dark walls) lately. I am stunned at what they can do for a room. I have posted a particularly good example in here from Apartment Therapy.
So why do we fear black or dark colors so much? If I mention black (or dark) walls, black trim, black anything to my clients, they cringe. I see an actual physical reaction. We fear that it will be too “heavy” and make our room(s) look too small. It can have an opposite effect. It can actually make our rooms look larger, depending on how it is used. Black or darker colors (I love Mink from Benjamin Moore) will make artwork “pop”. Dark walls will draw your eye to the outside view. Dark walls will make the room feel sophisticated and warm. It does not work in all situations – if used appropriately, it can be stunning.
Here are some photos of a particulary effective use of black/charcoal - there is a before and after photo that are quite amazing.
Here is the link to the original article posted by Apartment Therapy: