Make a modern choice in your bedroom. Whether you’re a risk-taker by nature, or you want to push yourself to explore more daring décor, consider dark-colored walls. Black walls may sound like a bold look, but there are tons of ways to make this technique look chic and sleek. Even if you have a small sleeping space, don’t fret! Designers have dubbed 2021 the year of breaking rules (like only using light shades in small spaces.) We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you pair black bedroom walls with complementary wall art and accessories.

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Color Guide: Black Bedroom

Size Guide: Black Wall Art

Shapes & Layouts: Framed vs Unframed Decor

Decorating a Black-Themed Bedroom

Modern Black Bedroom Styles

More Modern Wall Décor Ideas & Topics

Color Guide: Black Bedroom

An edgy bedroom is all the rage this fall. If you’re hesitant to cover your entire bedroom in dark or black paint, try painting a single accent wall behind your bed. Black or charcoal can create a calming, ultra-stylish atmosphere.

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Black Wall Art

Hang a piece of wall art to contrast your black wall. You want to choose a piece with a light background to add visual dimension, but it should also have a splash of black to tie your space together.

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Size Guide: Black Wall Art

Because your wall art will be the standout piece of décor, you want to make sure you choose the best size for your space. Reference these excerpts from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide to select the perfect dimensions to fit your bedroom wall:

 “Your wall art should cover 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space. These dimensions may sound large, but amateur designers are constantly making the mistake of hanging artwork that is too small. First, measure the height and width of the wall. Next, multiply your measurements by 0.6 and 0.75, respectively. As a result, you will get the ideal range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.

As an example, if your blank wall is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, multiply 9 by 0.6 to get the low end of the ideal height range. Then multiply 9 by 0.75 to get the high end of the ideal height range. Repeat the same steps for your wall's 5 feet width. Therefore, the ideal height of the canvas would be 5.4 - 6.75 and the ideal width would be 3 feet - 3.75 feet.

Are you considering creating a gallery wall above furniture? A foolproof size is 52 inches by 32 inches in height and width. Use canvases in asymmetrical sizes and arrange them symmetrically to create an eye-catching look on your wall.
Gallery walls and multi-panel artworks look awesome in your bedroom above the bed. They look particularly stylish over a king or queen bed. Make sure you have empty space around the artwork so that the arrangement looks clean and uncluttered.”

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Shapes & Layouts: Framed vs Unframed Décor

If you’re keen on the look of a modern, unframed canvas, choose from our array of layouts below:

Classic: 1-Piece Canvas

Trendy: 2-Piece Split Canvas

Modern: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas

Eclectic: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas

Black Framed Pictures

Considering a framed print? Read these expert tips from our article on framed vs unframed wall art:

Framed artwork always looks perfectly polished. The refined look subtly impacts the viewer's perception of your overall space.

Commit to the Floating Illusion

Because of the intentional gap between the canvas and the back of the frame, your print will appear to float within the frame. This will give your wall art a stunning, ethereal look!

The Sleek, Low-Profile Appearance

Another major advantage to framed artwork is that it looks low-profile, which results in a polished, sophisticated appearance.

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Decorating a Black-Themed Bedroom

Your bedroom is the perfect place to experiment with bold trends. Because it is the most personal space in your home, you have endless freedom to find your perfect aesthetic. Black walls don’t have to be edgy if you prefer a softer look. In fact, a black or dark grey accent wall can be the perfect base for a neutral color palette and delicate details. The black walls will create the ideal balance between masculine and feminine décor.

Decorating with Black: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for a black-based interior:

“Black-based spaces will never go out of style, and pairing black with a light shade like white or ivory can heighten an interior that is full of contrast. Add shades of grey into your black and white color palette to create a trendy, monochromatic vibe. This classy color scheme will make your home instantly feel more modern. For another on-trend technique, try adding a touch of geometric patterns and textured accessories."

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Modern Black Bedroom Styles

While you don’t HAVE to go with an urban-edgy look, black walls can certainly elevate this contemporary style if that’s what you’re going for. If you’re a homeowner who loves to push boundaries and mark to the beat of your own drum, why not go full force with edgy, modern décor? Use fun, daring colors like fuchsia against the black background, and hang an abstract print.  

Trending Styles: Graffiti Wall Art

One of our top trending collections is graffiti wall art, and it’s easy to see why. Our resident décor expert, Elimar Lobo Sáenz, explains the best way to incorporate these quirky prints:

“Mix graffiti-inspired wall art with a refined aesthetic by using neutral tones and minimalism. Achieve the ‘urban-chic’ look by combining graffiti artwork with a calm, open atmosphere. Use a variety of textured materials like wood, marble, granite, and leather. These timeless finishes combine a contemporary look with a polished appearance.”

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More Modern Wall Décor Ideas & Topics

For more modern wall décor ideas, check out our inspiration blog. If you’ve fallen in love with the unconventional paint trend but you’re not sure about the color black in your space, we have an entire article about different dark wall ideas. Happy decorating!

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