Would you ever paint a focal wall flat black?

Would you ever paint a focal wall flat black?


Photography courtesy of HomeSense.

Don’t get me wrong–I love decorating with black. Like, LOVE.

I couldn’t be happier with the current craze for all manner of accessories in matte black finishes, and I’m snapping it up in everything from flatware to blackboard-painted barware. And that’s because I think black works best when used sparingly; in concentrated bursts, rather like an exclamation mark.

A focal wall, on the other hand, is something I’m not quite ready to commit to.

There’s no denying the drama inherent in a huge expanse of floor-to-ceiling black, but with my condo’s eastern exposure, a black wall–especially one in a light-absorbing flat finish–would instantly drain all the sparkle from my digs. I’d sooner opt for an equally moody–yet infinitely more livable–almost-black blue, along the lines of Benjamin Moore’s Polo Blue 2062-10, and counteract its deep tone with a lustrous, semi-gloss finish:

Benjamin Moore's Polo Blue. Photography courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Polo Blue 2062-10, Benjamin Moore.
Photography courtesy of Benjamin Moore.


Having said all that, there’s no denying the appeal black holds in terms of creating impact through contrast. Against a matte black wall, even basic whiteware is elevated to high-art.
Photography by Brett Walther.

Christine Verwey

Christine Verwey

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CENTURY 21 Foxx Realty Ltd.
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