How to Decorate Using Black Living Room Furniture

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Many homeowners like to do the interior decorating for their homes themselves, because hiring a professional can be extremely expensive. One common and unfortunate tendency, however, is to shy away from using black in the decor. Some people think that black will make a room feel small or dark, but that doesn't have to be the case. You may not want to paint your walls black, but you can use black furniture quite successfully in any room of your house. Here's how to decorate using black living room furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper Sheer curtains Neutral wall paint Paint rollers, brushes and trays Painter's tape Molding Black paint Floor tile, carpet or wood Your black furniture Accessories
  • Determine the layout for your living room furniture, ignoring color at this point. Instead of moving your heavy furniture around until you find the layout you want, use graph paper to play with different options to scale.

  • Paint the room a light, neutral color. You want the black furniture to stand out against your walls.

  • Add a molding to your room, which will help lift the ceiling. If none of your black furniture pieces are tall, paint the molding black to draw the eye upward with the color.

  • Change your flooring if it is not a light, bright color. It should be a slight contrast to the walls, but still light enough to contrast the black furniture. Tile, carpet or wood can all be used.

  • Let in as much light as possible to keep the room looking light. Put up sheer curtains that can be pulled back during the day.

  • Add your furniture to the room, according to the floor plan you've created.

  • Add accessories to your room in bold colors to break up the black. Don't clutter the room too much, but using a large brightly-colored painting or a tall, bright vase filled with flowers can bring a lot of color into your room.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have enough money to replace the flooring, consider a large area rug instead. Consider painting parts of the furniture to help break up the black. For example, you could paint just the inside of a bookcase, leaving the rest of the piece black. You don't have to keep a black set of furniture together. You can break up the black by exchanging pieces with furniture you have in other rooms.
  • Don't try to move large or heavy pieces of furniture without help.

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