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We all know black is a hot seller. Every furniture manufacturer offers their pieces in black. Every woman wants to own the perfect little black dress. Well, the same goes for furniture.

And although we sometimes feel like black is boring, it’s actually one of the hardest colors to get right. It’s hard to get a great application and a great photo.

The definition of black is “of the very darkest color owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light”. Unlike white, which absorbs everything around it, black will always be black.

Black hides, while white brings to light.

There are often different levels of saturation – or “shades” – of black such as onyxblack olivecharcoal, and jet.


Black is a mysterious color that is typically associated with the unknown or the negative. The color black represents strength, seriousness, power, and authority. Black is a formal, elegant, and prestigious color.

The color black is often seen as a color of sophistication, as in ‘the little black dress’, or ‘the black tie event’.

The cool thing about using black as our furniture color is that there are so many options for the finish, and the finish sets the tone for the style.

Sleek and modern, distressed and rustic, iron and industrial, elegant and formal.

Here are some different swatches from paint vendors all over the world:

Every paint line has their version of black, so just watch for tone and saturation. Is it grey or a true black?

Here are some great examples of completed projects in a variety of styles.

Photo Courtesy of Junk’d Up


Photo Courtesy of Nancy Watson


Photo Courtesy of Joanna Valena

Photo Courtesy of Jacinta Villa



Photo Courtesy of Nicole Guy

Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Gruber