Black bedroom ideas – 9 ways to add depth and drama to your room

Go on, let these black bedroom ideas tempt you to the dark side...

Black bedroom ideas
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Black bedroom ideas have made a come back. And while you may think we have gone bonkers, or regressed back to our goth teen period, you will soon see that this trend can be cozy and stylish to boot. 

When we say black bedrooms, we don’t necessarily mean all black in every way, it could be subtle like a dark bedside table, throw, or a black statement wall. It’s about balance and you can also add in patterns to soften the scheme and pops of other colors. Get it right and you will end up with a beautiful room that’s sophisticated and luxurious in every way, while black can even work in a kid's room too... Check out our fabulous looks to copy below and be inspired to upgrade your space with one of our favorite bedroom ideas around right now.

1. Mix metallics into a black bedroom

Black bedroom ideas

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Mixing in another element to a predominantly black scheme can be a smart move. Metal touches add warmth visually and gives the space a modern feel in this instant. The carved wooden drawers of this bedside table create interest whilst still being all black, and makes it easy to accessorize with. Choose a lamp with a similar brass tone to create a cohesive feel.  

2. Combine matt black with warmer neutrals

Black bedroom ideas

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Pattern is your friend when it comes to a black scheme, if fact, the same could be said for any dark color that you choose to be the main focus. Patterns can be minimal and monochromatic which is really striking and do consider off white with black, it’s softer than crisp white and isn’t so harsh on the eye. Pop up some illustrative prints, they add life to a scheme and give a decorative feel.

3. Add in some accent colors

Black bedroom ideas

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Create balance by using color in an all black scheme, and you can use a mixture of both zingy brights and dark shades. The inky blue duvet set continues the dark and moody scheme but when the bright turmeric cushion and throw are added the whole look changes - the contrast is bold and beautiful and as a result, lifts the whole room. You could carry on the bright accent into other parts of the room - a vase on your bedside, or a rug for example, it all depends on how much color you want to add. 

4. Keep a black bedroom minimal

Black bedroom ideas

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Both black and white schemes - as separate colors – lend themselves well to a minimalist scheme, that pared-back look needs less clutter and has a contemporary feel. It can work really well with black, but do remember, that unless you want to wake up in a dark room (which maybe a tad depressing), it can be wise to add in a little contrast. The simplicity of this linen bedding does this job, it creates that balance that ensures you are still making a design statement but with a textural focal point. 

5. Soften up a black bedroom with greys

Black bedroom ideas

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If you love the idea of using black in your bedroom but feel cautious as to having it on your walls then choosing black furniture can be a great first move. Grey bedroom ideas work particularly well with black, and will soften the overall look in your room. Pick a mid-tone shade that will anchor the rest of the scheme, you can then use paler grey bedding and accessories to lighten up areas as you wish. 

6. Experiment with darker paint colors

Pooky Hazel ceiling lamp

Hazel ceiling lamp, Pooky

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You’ve heard it time and time again – paint is one of the most effective, budget friendly ways to transform a space. So if you want to dabble with the dark bedroom side but don’t want to go completely black, you can just paint your walls black to set off lighter bedding, lighting and more.

Start off with an accent wall and once you are used to the color, you can start creeping it around the rest of the room. Remember to think about the finish. A glossy sheen can make a dark color seem cold, so opt for a matt chalk paint like Annie Sloan’s Graphite for a softer, richer look. 

7. Add texture with distressed walls

Dark distress wallpaper in bedroom

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Before you panic, we aren't suggesting that rag-rolled walls are making a comeback... no, they can stay firmly in the '80s. But there is something beautiful. and sophisticated about a black yet subtly distressed wall.

For a similar look to the bedroom below, we love Cole and Son's Patina Haze.

8. Try out the color blocking trend

Bedroom painted in Farrow and Ball Railing and Estate Eggshell

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If you are still slightly dubious about using dark or completely black interiors in your bedroom, then color blocking is a great way to incorporate the trend into your room, without fully committing. Here Farrow and Ball’s Railings has been combined with Estate Eggshell to give this bedroom a moody country vibe. Now who knew that was a look? 

9. Try darker colors in a kids' rooms too

Linn Wold Little Tobias print

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Didn’t think black  would work in a kid's room? Think again. This shade is slightly off black, a deep grey, but it totally fits the trend and looks marvellous in this child's bedroom. The whimsical wall stickers keep it from becoming too grown up or gloomy. Plus. there’s a practical element here too – the general wear and tear that kids have a tendency to create is far easier to disguise with darker colors.