Paint It Black: Inspiration and Tips for Bold Interior Doors

Bold, black paint can turn even the most basic builder-grade closet doors into architectural statements. See how to make a black door work in your own interior space.
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It's 2016; out with the old, in with the bold. For the past few years, designers have been upping the trim and molding game with coats of bold, black paint. Now, black interior doors are having a moment. The deep saturation of the color enhances portals that range from basic builder grade to architectural beauties, so this is a trend we're fully embracing! Here are some tips on how to do black doors in your own home.

Go for Gloss

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Elegant Bar Cart in Traditional Home Office

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Brooke Inabnett

If your room doesn't get much light, opt for a high-gloss or semi-gloss paint finish for your black door. The sheen will reflect what light is in the space, making it seem brighter. A glossy finish pairs well with metallic furnishings and accents.

Natural Matte

Master Suite with Antique Black Doors

Master Suite with Antique Black Doors

Photo by: Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Conversely, if your room is white or draws a lot of light, a matte finish is a better option. Matte black also provides an earthier vibe so it matches up well with wood paneling.

Restore Balance

Black and White Transitional Dining Area With French Doors

Black and White Transitional Dining Area With French Doors

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Jackson Design and Remodeling

If you're looking to make a statement with a black door rather than a STATEMENT, bring in black-and-white accents to balance the color throughout the room.

Reach New Heights

Timeless Bathroom in Black and White

Timeless Bathroom in Black and White

Another way to balance a black door is to paint the ceiling or remaining trim, too. This technique works well in small spaces with crisp, white walls.

La Porte Noire

Home Office With Updated Farmhouse Style

Home Office With Updated Farmhouse Style

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

French doors are a great place to start with a coat of black paint. The color creates contrast around the window panes, highlighting the architectural beauty of this style.

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