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My Favorite Black Paint Colors

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Benjamin Moore has over 3,500 paint colors to choose from. Sherwin Williams has over 1,700. It's no wonder that choosing paint colors is the part of design people struggle with the most. I'm continuing my blog series about my favorite paint colors to help you eliminate the guesswork. If you're anything like me, you might be feeling dark + moody spaces. If so, check out my top 3 black paint colors. These are also the most popular black paint colors out there.



favorite black paint colors

Sherwin Williams Black Magic


For those who don't shy away from bold palettes (I don't), this black makes a bewitching statement. It has a slight warmth that feels deliciously enticing.


This is hands down my favorite black paint color. I like to refer to it as more of a "soft" black. With any black, I love the way certain colors can contrast with it. Here, in my dining room, it's the bright pinks and greens. It makes me super happy!



favorite black paint colors

I also painted Black Magic as an accent wall in my son's room. Again, I love the pop of the emerald green crib (now bed) against the black.








favorite black paint colors

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black


A trendy, never-boring, true black.


This picture to the right was my first ever decorating project. When my client started with, "I'm thinking black for the walls..." I knew I was in! We went with Tricorn Black, which is a more bold black.


favorite black paint colors

In this photo on the left, it's actually the trim here that's Tricorn Black. The siding is a green-black color, but the Tricorn trim definitely pops off of it! This was an exterior paint consult I did almost two years ago. It was so fun playing with darker colors for a dramatic effect.

favorite black paint colors


Check out this before photo of my client's home! I say it so many times because it's true--paint can totally transform a home. Love the vision my client + I collaborated on.







favorite black paint colors

Sherwin Williams Caviar


This dark rich black introduces a refined air to a well lit room.


While I prefer Black Magic or Tricorn Black to Caviar, it's still one of the most popular black paint colors out there, so I wanted to include it.



Looking for a spot to paint black? Start here: exteriors, exterior trim, dining spaces, fireplace brick, or any space you want to feel moody or dramatic.


Of course, there's so much more that goes into choosing paint colors! Get some sample paint swatches, hang them on on your wall with some painter's tape. Look at them for several days, at different times of day, in different lighting. Once you narrow down to 1-2, go buy the little sample size paint containers and paint a little bit on your wall to make sure you love it. I also like to search Pinterest to see the different applications of the paint color. You can also hire an interior decorator to help!


What's your favorite black paint color? Have any pictures to share? Send them my way at bre@2ndstoryinteriors.com.






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