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Five Surprising Ways to Update Your Home Using Black

As fall fades into winter and more and more time is spent indoors rather than out, you may realize your home is in need of an update. We have one word for you: black. 

In addition to being simultaneously contemporary and classic, black is an unexpected neutral that pairs well with a myriad of other colors, textures, and finishes. Use black to update your home as soon as this weekend – check out the following five DIY-able ideas for inspiration. 


Update Your Railing 

Stair railings are built to stand up to constant use and as a result, many homeowners tend to leave their railings be. This said, railings can begin to look outdated, just as your carpets and furniture can. This DIY-er updated her home’s railings using gel stain and black paint, yielding stunning results.  

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Visit Your Home Only Better for some FAQs and tips on how to update your railing using black gel paint.


Update Your Crown Moulding 

This vintage-style bathroom looks like it’s straight out of a magazine spread, using the unequivocal power of white and black to enforce a sense of subtle luxury. We love the idea of painting the crown moulding black, which draws the eye up, and gives the bathroom visual height.  

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Update Your Window Treatments 

In keeping with the theme of black and white, is this contemporary style kitchen, featuring granite countertops, shaker cabinets, and a marble farmhouse sink – all white – accented by inky black window trim.  

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Update an Accent Wall 

We love the idea of a black accent wall but pulling one off is not as simple as you might think. For some tips on rocking a black accent wall in your home, check out our article, Tips on Pulling Off a Black Accent Wall. 

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Update Your Door(s) 

Your front entryway is likely the first and last thing that people see when visiting your home, and due to inevitable traffic, it’s also subject to persistent wear and tear. This DIY-er had the idea to turn her front door into a statement piece, opting for charcoal rather than black, for a softer look.  

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