In addition to the product and information-based giveaways we’ll be doing to celebrate our 10th anniversary of blogging, we decided as a team that it would be great to finally collect and share all of our very personal and very trusted resources for everything ‘home’. From our favorite wallpaper patterns and trusted sofas to paint colors and hardware, we’re going to share all of the detailed pieces that we trust in, stand by and invest in on a personal level. These posts are not sponsored and reflect the real purchases that our team makes and swears by. So if you see something in here that you’re scared to try, trust that we’ve used it, loved it and recommend it to the fullest. Today we’re starting with something near and dear to my heart: BLACK PAINT.
It started with Daniel and Max. Then it was Anna Dorfman. All of my favorite modern minimalist bloggers were painting their rooms and trim black and the bug finally bit me. Over the holiday break Julia and I painted all of our doors, windows and trim detailing black and I am FLOORED by how good it looks. I’m never going back. It feels so crisp, clean and modern. Black paint can be tricky to pick though- it can read too blue, too green and too grey. Sometimes those variations are nice, but here are our tips to consider before buying:
- Always take a sample chip home. Black paint colors look dramatically different in certain lights, so test them on a wall before committing.
- Consider the finish: For trims, windows and doors, glossy black paint looks swanky and chic. Matte black has a much more stark and spartan feel.
- Black paint lets a lighter object shine, so don’t be afraid to use it on a ceiling if you’d like a white pendant or chandelier to stand out.
- Black paint is great for disguising electronics (which are typically black).
- Painting over black can be time-consuming so be sure you’re 100% before painting. This is a measure twice, cut once type of situation.
Click through for our full list of black paints we swear by…
Raven Black by Valspar: We used this on our windows and doors and love the way it looks in a matte finish. It has a bit of a blue undertone, so if you’re looking for a true dark black, this may not be the best bet. But if you want something a bit softer, this is a great black we trust.
Onyx by Benjamin Moore: Daniel and Max used this paint all over their Brooklyn apartment and LOVE IT. It was what inspired me to paint our home black and the results they got on their doors were well worth the effort.
Daniel and Max’s Onyx Doors. Image via Manhattan Nest
Soot by Benjamin Moore: I used Soot by Benjamin Moore because I saw Anna Dorfman from Door Sixteen use it frequently. And man was she right. This color is a gorgeous charcoal-y black that feels rich and warm- never cold.
Soot in a living room, via Pink Wallpaper
Raccoon Fur by Benjamin Moore: Daniel and Max used this black on their bathroom wall. It’s got a bit of a blue tint but not so much that it feels navy blue.
Raccoon Fur in Eggshell on Max and Daniel’s bathroom wall. Photo via Manhattan Nest.
Black Enamel Paint by Rust-Oleum: Amy has used this color in small spaces to GREAT affect. Her counter top got a whole new life with this paint and so did a selection of vintage hooks she picked up at Brimfield. It’s an oil-based enamel paint, so it requires a good amount of curing time. This is such a rich, glossy look, we love it for a small piece of furniture or for details, but not a full room.