Black living room: 7 ideas for a cosy, dramatic space

A black living room is all about you embracing your darker side and daring to decorate a room that oozes sophistication. Use these ideas for inspiration...

black living room with black walls, door and carpet with bright furniture
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In case you haven't noticed, the black living room is 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, most definitely, wrong. Decorate with black the right way, and you could have a space filled with drama, confidence, sophistication and elegance. And it can be cosy, 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 living room. For more living room ideas, see our hub page.

And don't miss the latest episode of the Real Homes Show, where Real Homes' Style Editor Anna Morley gets to grips with black, discussing everything from paint to accessories. 

1. Create stark contrasts with black living room walls and pops of colour

Just as black mascara makes your eye colour pop, black walls and floors make other colours in your space pop, too. Using black on all your surfaces creates a deep and solid background from which bright colours can take centre stage and create real impact. A bright orange sofa creates a striking contrast and brings warmth to the scheme.

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2. Choose deep and mysterious black floral wallpaper

There's something quite mystical about black floral wallpaper, especially when combined with jewel colours and shiny metallics. A dark background elevates soft and pale flowers. The perfect choice for a cosy and inviting living room to snuggle into at the end of the day. 

black floral wallpaper in a living room with a black fireplace and velvet sofa

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3. Bring grandeur to a black living room with elegant chandeliers

Accenting black against white is a great way of highlighting architectural details. Here the recesses are transformed into monochrome masterpieces, where perfect symmetry keeps the room's feng shui en pointe. Add elegance and femininity with a statement chandelier for a room fit for entertaining. 

grand living room with black painted walls, black sofas and a white rug

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4. Inject pattern with monochrome tiles

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 colour, introduce black using pattern. Be it patterned curtains, a rug, or monochrome fireplace tiles like this, a hint of black can work wonders for cementing your scheme.

black and white tiled patterned fireplace in a deep green living room

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5. Paint sections of living room walls black

If you're just not ready to let go of your light, white and airy scheme, 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. 

black painted half way up the wall in a bright white living area with wooden furniture

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6. Embrace industrial style 

Industrial style is a trend that isn't going anywhere any time soon. Whether it's painted wood or black metal, bringing in black with warehouse style furniture is a simple way to create the look. Choose glass designs to allow light to pass through and warm up the look with soft brown leather.  

Hurricane Metal Floor Lamp from Cuckooland

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7. Make a statement with modern furniture

Give black a playful twist with striking geometric designs. Choose one dark investment piece, and no matter how many times you change you scheme, it will always take pride of place. The gold metallic shapes on this sideboard lift the design and give it modern edge. 

statement black sideboard in a modern living room with geometric wallpaper

We love this sideboard from Swoon Editions. For a similar style try the Jagger sideboard from Maisons du Monde

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