So you like the look of Black Flame – the 2018 color of the year, as predicted by PPG color experts. One way to get better acquainted with the bold hue is by means of an accent wall, which will lend your room all the drama, contrast, and impact that black has to offer, without overpowering the space. Here’s what you need to know about pulling off a black accent wall. 


Start Small  

As with anything bold or trendy in nature, you want to first dip your toe in the proverbial water before committing the walls of your bedroom or family room to black. We suggest literally starting small, by painting a small wall in a low-traffic area of your home. Once you can say for certain that black suits your space and your personality, then consider branching out to other areas in your home. 


Location, Location, Location 

Keep in mind the visual weight of black, and the fact that black tends to absorb light. For these reasons, you want to select the location of you black accent wall based on natural light exposure – the more natural light, the better! 


Opt for High-Gloss or High-texture 

If you’re worried about a black wall making your already small space feel smaller, steer clear of matte paint and opt instead for a high-gloss finish, which will reflect light better. Employing a subtle texture for your black wall is another handy trick to try if you’re worried that a flat black wall will overpower your space. 


Accessorize Wisely 

Your lighting and accessories can make or break your black accent wall. Aim to keep your black wall tidy and simple, and your lighting plentiful. Track lighting is a great choice because you can angle the individual lights towards any dark corners or crannies.  

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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