Using black as a design staple is a great design trick of the trade. Black-painted furniture works in any room and acts as a neutral color that has more depth and moodiness than, say, white. Often overlooked as too severe or overpowering black can actually help you anchor a space. Yes, truly. Take a look at the dining room at our former Brooklyn home, for instance, above, with its black- painted chest of drawers and hutch. The black adds a layer of “gravitas” against the heaps of color and pattern and bookends the space.
Let’s say you have a suite of dark-wood furniture—perhaps your aunt’s dark-wood bedroom set. Before you donate the pieces, why not paint the night tables black and leave the bed as it is. Add some fun sheets and a patterned duvet to freshen up the bed and take it from frumpy to fabulous lickety-split! And black-painted furniture will work in any décor scheme—from traditional to eclectic and modern and everything in between.