Painting your walls or cabinets black might seem like a risk, but believe me it is one worth taking. Believe it or not, there are many shades of black paint that can create a really soft look. To make it easy, I've rounded up the best black paint colors for your home. As we saw with my reviews of the top white paint colors, there are numerous shades and undertones to consider, even when the color seems as simple as white or black.
Because black paint has a strong and dramatic presence, choosing the right shade can significantly impact how you feel in a space. Whether you plan to use it for a black accent wall, on cabinets, or for an entire room it's important to understand the different shades to get the look you want.
Let's walk through some of the most popular Sherwin Williams black paint colors.
Is Black Paint Right For Your Home?
Some people are intimidated by black paint. I get it. Black paint colors can be associated with a dark and sinister atmosphere, like spooky dense forests and mysterious things that go bump in the night.
Childhood fears aside, let's talk about some of the valid concerns people have and see if we can provide some balance.
Pros and cons of black painted walls
- One common concern is that painting walls black will turn your space into a dark cave with an unwelcoming vibe. While it's true that black absorbs light, black walls can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Plus black can make a room appear larger by adding depth and visual interest.
- Another worry is that black walls limit your options for decor and furniture, and that it will be difficult to match colors and create a cohesive look. In reality black paint can complement a wide range of decor styles and color palettes. It can act as a neutral backdrop, allowing other elements in the room to shine.
- Lastly, because of its deep saturated hue, black paint represents a bold color statement that feels kinda risky. Remember, paint is not permanent, and if you find that black walls aren't your cup of tea, you can always repaint. But give it a chance - you might just fall in love with the dramatic and sophisticated look black paint colors can bring to your home.
Top Sherwin Williams Black Paint Colors
Below are a few of the most popular black paint colors offered by Sherwin-Williams, along with some real life examples of homes with black paint. Each shade has its own unique characteristics so it's always a good idea to test a sample on your walls to see how it looks in your specific lighting conditions.
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Tricorn Black is Sherwin Williams most popular black paint color - and for good reason. It's the truest black paint with literally no undertones, and it exudes sophistication and elegance. Tricorn Black is a versatile choice that can be used on walls, trim, or even as an accent color.
The bedroom below is styled in a mid-century modern vibe with a stunning SW Tricorn Black accent wall. I love how the other room design elements in both the bedroom and office pop against the black. Tricorn Black is also used on the front doors. Black offers a striking contrast to the main body without having to resort to bright colors and makes the organic greenery look amazing.
Greenblack - SW 6994
It's not hard to guess the undertone in this deep rich shade that combines black with a hint of green. SW Greenblack has an intense and moody appearance that works well as a statement color on walls and even furniture.
Greenblack's deep hue creates a sense of coziness and elegance on the shelving and walls in this study. And it works particularly well as an exterior paint with a traditional or modern home style, adding a touch of drama and depth to the overall design.
Iron Ore is a deep charcoal black paint color that has a slightly softer appearance compared to a more pure black like Tricorn. It has an LRV of 6 and some tricky undertones that people see as green, navy, brown or gray. Despite that, this soft black paint color is a popular choice for accent walls, cabinetry and exterior trim.
Iron Ore painted on board and batten walls behind the sofa feels deep and saturated without looking gloomy or stark. If you wonder whether Iron Ore works on cabinets, the answer is a resounding yes. Check out this beautiful modern wet bar which pairs Iron Ore with gold finished hardware for warmth and sleek lines.
The next two shades lean into blue black paint color territory.
Cyberspace - SW 7076
Technically SW Cyberspace is not black; it's dark blue with a charcoal gray undertone that gives it a blackish appearance, especially in a room with low light. That deep blue hue will really show up in a well lit room or outdoors under the sun.
This media room definitely fits the bill for "dark and moody." It's one of the few spaces where you should paint the entire room black since it will not reflect light when you're watching a movie. More unusual is this bedroom with all four walls enveloped by Cyberspace. Two windows and four white doors plus a light colored bed, curtains and rug serve to break up the darkness and balance it out.
Inkwell - SW 6992
Unlike Cyberspace, SW Inkwell is truly considered a shade of black. And it has a blue undertone. This black blue paint color looks beautiful on small spaces like powder rooms and kitchen islands, and if you use it on the exterior facing the sun, that hint of blue will come out and play. It's also great for cabinets, doors, and trim.
You can go all in with this color if you have a lot of white to balance it out. Inkwell packs a huge punch in this modern office, with white to add contrast, and makes the furniture more noticeable than if the walls were a light neutral. In the kitchen, the warm brown patterns soften Inkwell and give the room a natural, inviting feel.
Next we have almost black paint colors... but not quite.
Rock Bottom - SW 7062
SW Rock Bottom is a rich charcoal gray with mossy green undertones. The green is almost always noticeable so the green black paint color makes a bold statement as a primary and trim exterior color. It has an LRV of 7, so even though it's not quite black, it's still doggone dark and will not reflect light.
Rock Bottom on the kitchen cabinets presents a modern and sophisticated backdrop without looking too cold or industrial. And it's a perfect complement to the modern farmhouse style as a trim against Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist white.
SW Peppercorn is Rock Bottom without the green undertones. In fact, Peppercorn is considered by many to be a "true gray" since it has no other undertones.
One of the best places to use versatile Peppercorn is on the cabinets, and it works beautifully paired with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in this soothing bathroom. In the bedroom, it makes a stunning accent wall, adding visual interest and dimension to an otherwise light neutral color palette.
As you can see you've got options when it comes to black paint colors and there are many ways to add this dramatic color in a way that doesn't feel stark, but rather soft and really stylish!
I hope this rundown of black paint colors helps you decide if taking the leap and adding this bold choice to your space is right for you!
Other Things to Consider When Choosing Colors For Your Home
A lot of factors go into selecting colors for your home, and it goes way beyond paint color.
Things like your home color palette, existing colors in your home (that you may not be able to change), and the color of the natural light, or lack of natural light can change the way a color shows up in your home.
In my self-paced online color course, Color Made Clear, I walk you through all the steps to choosing and using color in your home to create a pulled together and cohesive look, even if you have things like cabinet color or floors you can't change.