Are you looking for the next big statement trend for your home? Then you might want to take a look at black walls. At first glance, it might seem like black walls would be too depressing, would close in a space or outright clash with other elements in the room. On top of that, they have a reputation of being the chosen wall color of rebellious teenagers.

However, if you know how to work with black walls, they can be a classy, stately addition to almost any room design. Read on to learn how to work with this bold and creative trend. And even if you’re not ready to take the plunge with a style statement, it can be inspiring to see how certain home designers have made a bold style like black walls work.

Bold colors can break up the black a bit. Image: ImageFlow/Shutterstock

Use colorful elements in the room

When the rest of the room’s design isn’t properly taken into account, black walls could close in the space and give a bleak, dreary vibe. However, the photo above shows how black walls can easily be offset by more colorful pieces in the room, like the bedding.

You can work color into the space in a variety of ways. You can use bright, neon painted furniture to breathe some bold statement color back into the room. That creates a funky and artsy style. Or you can use lighter, white pieces, like an oversized calendar on the wall or art pieces. The photo above also shows how pairing a black wall with a large window can balance out light and shadow in the space.

Paint only one wall, or even part of a wall, for a more subtle take on the trend. Image: PlusONE/Shutterstock

Go for accent walls

If you want to try black walls, you don’t have to make the plunge into painting all four walls in a room black. The photo above shows how a simple accent wall can get you the sleek, stately look of the black wall trend without overpowering the space. As the photo shows, the accent wall goes well with other black accents in the space, like the rug and door frame.

Meanwhile, the rest of the space can be made up of light neutral shades so that the room isn’t too dark. Neutrals like the gray sofa and white floor do a good job of offsetting the black elements.

White can help balance out the black on the wall. Image: Pablo Scapinachis / Shutterstock

Use a black and white color scheme

So that the black isn’t too overpowering, another idea is to work with a black and white color scheme. You can see the principle in action in the photo above. The tall and wide white elements in front of the wall do a good job of breaking up the black. All of these elements lead to a well-balanced geometry in the space.

By using this idea, you could even have a black wall and black floor, as long as it is balanced out by white molding and white furniture. And you could go modern, like in the photo. Or you could add classical elements like a black and white drawing for a refined and stately style.

Painted designs are a good way to add texture and style next to a black wall. Image:

Pair black walls with a bold adjacent wall

Still another idea is to pair the black wall with some bold wallpaper or paint on an adjacent wall. This style works well when you pair a black wall with a silver abstract wallpaper, which you can see in the photo above. The abstract paintbrush design keeps the space looking fun and modern.

Another idea is to pair a black wall with an adjacent geometric black and white wallpaper design. This will both match the black wall and balance the space out with some added light shading. And by choosing a classic geometric design, you can keep the area looking stately and refined, which is the feel any black wall can give to a space. Added black and white photography can also match the color scheme in the space.

Break up a black wall by going for a tile design with light grout. Image: HamsterMan/Shutterstock

Think texture

If you want black walls, don’t think you’re limited to simply painting the walls. The photo above shows that you can also get black walls by going for a dark tile design. And by using a subtle white grout between the tiles, you break up the all-black look with some lighter texture to the style. The white grout also goes well with a light sink and tub, like in the photo. The light coloring helps the grout and the rest of the space work as one visual unit.

The photo above shows how well this style works in a bathroom, too. But you could also use the tile design in a kitchen, especially as a backsplash.

What do you think about the black wall trend? Let us know in the comments.