{black and blue and gray all over}


Home decorators are lightening up on dark wall colors, I’m happy to see. My first sighting was chalkboard paint used on the walls in a bathroom, bedroom, and a baby’s room in the November ’08 issue of domino. I was intrigued: first by the use of chalkboard paint throughout the room; and then by the choice of a dark color in a baby’s room.

Also, shown in that issue was a bedroom that looked black to me, but they called out Benjamin Moore, Gentleman Gray for the room…

Then came a navy sitting room in a House Beautiful…

Hirshfield’s colorists have been telling me that on color calls they are using darker grays and navies recently…

bm grey bedroom

Everyone is loving Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, on our favorite blog, Decor8.

Options10 WPaper 4A

Options book from Sanderson


Moorish-Stencil Moorish stencil…seriously stunning!

Delicate Floral Stencil Floral stencil


chalkboarddoorlivingetc Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint courtesy of LivingEtc.

dominochalkboardwallDomino chalkboard wall

The stencil photos are from one of my favorite “eye candy” sites called DesignAmour. They specialize in stencils, plasters, and other decorative wall finishes just like our very own Hirshfield’s Plaster Center.

Stay tuned for more black, blue and gray sightings-or visit any Hirshfield’s store near you and have a Hirshfield’s expert help you with your darker side.

December 20, 2009, February 22, 2010

Addendum: I did this post back in April, since then I have run across many, many, black walls. Try My Notting Hill for additional images of black walls.  {is black the new brown}Images of the darker side of Apartment Therapy and a short Q & A with the editor of House Beautiful on dark walls. {local color: design grenade} Blog posting regarding the transformation of a Minneapolis living room with Benny Moore Galaxy 2117-20.



12 Responses to “{black and blue and gray all over}”

  1. Julie Warner Says:

    That B&W pattern is a stencil? That IS stunning. Great post. These shades really make a statement.

  2. {is black the new brown?} « Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    [...] } This fascination I have with dark walls started back in April, and it’s still going strong. Apartment Therapy has a great dark wall round-up I’d like [...]

  3. {local color: design grenade} « Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    [...] cringe every time I see the {black, blue, and gray all over} post listed in “top posts.” I pulled images for this post late 2008 and early 2009, [...]

  4. {revere pewter hc-172} « Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    [...] feels like the color gray has had an amazingly long run in popularity. My first post on gray was done in the spring of 2009, and back then it had already been popping up on design [...]

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