Black is famously versatile, eternally fashionable, and immediately makes any room feel more modern. It’s a little easier to take this bold leap in a private area like a bathroom or bedroom, but the living room requires a degree of commitment that might require some reassurance.
This post explores 6 living rooms with gorgeous black decor – some feature simple black accents and others embrace it all the way. Some of the living rooms are spacious and open and others use black to cozy up in a small layout. However you want to approach this ever-contemporary color, it’s here.
Designer: Dzhemesyuk Design
This stunning living room from Dzhemesyuk Design pairs dark woods and matte black walls with a stripe of dazzling gold.
Decor incorporates a textural rug, modern furniture, and a touch of marble luxury. The unique floor lamp completes the look.
A bold elephant print serves as an engaging focal point, with pendants cleverly occupying some of the white space.
Recessed lighting on either side of the gold stripe creates a dazzling play of light and shadow.
The other side of the room is a little more practical. The black entertainment center includes a large sliding glass door to protect the contents of the bookshelf and display cabinet to the left.
Any interior with a bright or clear view could benefit from a dark-themed interior.
Black really does make a great color for a media center, blending seamlessly into the background.
Visualizer: Mitaka Dimov
Mitaka Dimov designed this dark apartment living room around an uplifting message, “Stay Positive”. A variety of materials are layered for richness and depth, enhancing the sense of contrast created by the black and white color theme.
Note how the media area includes plush black sofas and a glossy black wall, tucked away in a corner without much natural light. The lightweight white dining set takes full advantage of the sunlight it receives through the luminous curtains.
A glossy backlit panel draws attention to the uplifting message.
Dark and comfortable near the media area, bright and open at the table. The geometric seats are from the Chair One series by Konstantin Grcic.
The table is sleek and minimalist, but features two stealthy drawers for extra storage space.
Besides the backlit “stay positive” panel, other creative sources of lighting include cove lighting above the window to the left and a row of rectangular frame lights above.
Visualizer: Who Cares?! Design
This living room concept centers on a unique backlit wall system, as visualized by Who Cares?! Design. Dark panels embrace the full range of grayscale tones as they flow across the wall in continuous lines. The leftmost portion is more jagged and mountainous, with plenty of room for books and decoration. Several of the panels contain hidden drawers. A large sectional sofa set also addresses the library and television portions separately.
Dark, mysterious, and luxurious – this living room embraces its high ceilings with tall boiserie dressed down with textural black paint. Excellent chandeliers offer soft mood lighting but perhaps most striking of all, a waterfall of ferns cascade down a portion of the wall near the foot of the stairs.
Visualizer: Mock Up
This artistic black and white living room utilizes a solid block design. The matte black accent wall centers the living space, a suspended credenza and shelf unit sharing the spotlight with a bold canvas. Dramatic black curtains line each side of the fully windowed wall to the left and very likely transform the entire room when drawn.
Black, concrete, yellow, and just a touch of turquoise – this living room is bright and cheerful as can be. Notice the contrast between the frosty view of the outdoors and the bright tropical theme of the interior. The rounded bubbly shape of the sofa emphasizes this easygoing appeal.
Visualizer: Tung Le Xuan
Here’s another interior with a single accent wall in silky black. It’s a perfect backdrop to the geometric wire lamps above, and the zigzag rug off to the left helps integrate the side chair and tables. A good amount of unfinished concrete stands between the decorative living room and the staircase, likely to highlight the amazing partially-suspended cantilever treads.
Visualizer: Dusan Vukcevic
Matte black walls lend this living room a comfortable and soft aesthetic. Distressed parquet floors pair well with the modern furniture, a nice touch of classic design within a space carefully decorated to contemporary tastes.
Visualizer: Jakub Komrska
This living room combines classicism and modernist design, with a sharp contrast in themes ranging from the intricate molded ceiling to angular modern furniture. The cute artwork on the far wall is a recreation of a Banksy piece, originally created in 2011 when Banksy visited L.A. to promote his documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop”.
Visualizer: Abraham Guerrero
Dramatic black and gray stone make an immediate impression on the far accent wall. Smooth gray-tinted stone makes up the fireplace mantle, and a hint of gold shines through the stone used on the floor. It’s an interesting interior with simple furniture, illuminated by the sculptural Skygarden lamp by Marcel Wanders.
Visualizer: Para Design
A black brick wall and bold white mural steals the show in this chic living room design.
Visualizer: Roy Fredy
Matte black walls with white wainscoting offer dramatic contrast, balanced by a series of three black-and-white photographs above. Grayscale furniture makes a warmer impression – and the cheery pink pillows seem to brighten the whole living room.