8 black living room ideas to tempt you over to the dark side

Always dreamed of a black living room? We say go for it, and use these ideas to inspire you...

black living room with white accents and industrial style furniture
(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

In case you haven't noticed, black living rooms are having a moment. If the thought of a black room makes you think of dreary and gloomy basements or dark and dingy unused rooms, you're probably not alone. But you are, in our opinion, wrong. Decorate with black the right way, and you could have a space filled with drama, confidence, sophistication and elegance. And it can be cozy, too, by the way.

Whether you're keen to make a statement or you simply need a touch of drama to enhance your space, we've gathered the best black living room design ideas for incorporating this daring shade into your moody living room. 

1. Make a statement with a single black wall

Eclectic living room with a black wall and yellow sofa as well as a statement natural material light fitting

(Image credit: Rachael Smith)

See, straight away you can see black living rooms don't always have to be dark and dramatic spaces (although we do have lots of those coming up). This space is light and bright, but still has that statement black wall that works as the perfect  backdrop   for all the lime greens and pale yellows going on in this room. 

2. Paint your floorboards black

Small living room idea with white white and dark floorboards

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

If you have been blessed with wooden floorboards, why not get out the paintbrush this weekend and transform them with some black paint. Firstly, it looks really cool and secondly, how practical would it be to have a black floor? That's going to hide a whole load of sins. You can add in some cozy vibes with a rug and link the black to the rest of the room with cushions and prints.

3. Use black to make colors pop

black corner of a living space with a mirror wall and bright red accent chair

(Image credit: Katie Lee © Future)

Nothing makes a color pop like a black backdrop. So if you love vibrant hues, consider painting your walls black to make those colors stand out even more. Adding a gallery wall, or a cool mirror wall like you see here will break up the black too and make it seem less dominating in the space. 

4. Go for dark walls but keep your ceilings bright 

Traditional style living room with black walls painted up to the picture rail with a white ceiling and bay window

(Image credit: Kate Watson Smyth and Purplebricks)

If you want to dabble in the dark side but not ready to paint every surface in your living room black, painting up to a picture rail (or a fake picture rail) will add the drama but not the darkness. Keep the tops of your walls and ceiling a bright clean white. Also, note in this room how the look has been warmed with the pink-tinged cushions and rugs – love it. 

5. Create stark contrasts with black living room walls and pops of color

A brooding palette with flashes of Art Deco creates drama in the period home of Cat and Dain Maginnis

(Image credit: Dan Duchars/The Contented Nest)

Just as black mascara makes your eye color pop, black walls and floors make other colors in your space pop, too. Using black on all your surfaces creates a deep and solid background from which bright colors can take center stage and create real impact. A bright orange statement light in this living room creates a striking contrast and brings warmth to the scheme.

6. Inject pattern with a statement print

Black and white living room with large artwork over the fire place and an industrial style wooden coffee table

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

Black has grounding qualities, being relaxing for the eye. If you want to ground your space and add a feeling of depth without overwhelming your room with a block of dark color, introduce black using pattern. Be it patterned curtains, a rug, or monochrome print tiles like this.

7. Paint sections of living room walls black

living room with ink blue walls and a gold border featuring a large gilt-framed picture grey sofa and diamond print textiles

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

If you're just not ready to let go of your light, white and airy scheme but still want in with the black living room trend, create definition and contrast by painting the bottom half of your wall black. A small yet mighty twist to the standard white wall which instantly enhances your space. 

8. Make a statement with black furniture

Pale living room with grey sofa, a black sideboard and black accents as well as yellow and blue accessories

(Image credit: Paul Craig)

Bring in a hint of black to your living room with accent furniture. That old wooden side board that's been in the corner of your room for decades?  Give it a new lease of gothic life by painting it black and then tie it in with some monochrome prints.

What colors go best with a black living room?

The best colors to add to your black living room really just depends on the vibe you want to create. Bold colors like pinks, greens and yellow will really pop against the black so if you want a more statement look choice throw cushions and prints in these more vivid hues.

Black also lends it's to neutrals too, so cream, white and grey. If you want a more toned-down look, this would be the color palette to go for. Layer up the textures too to get all those cozy vibes. 

Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.