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Image: Farrow & Ball

For those who know me well, it’s no secret that I love the color black. Seriously, I loooovvvvveeee it. It’s in heavy rotation in my closet. It’s peppered throughout my home. It’s how I take my coffee.

There’s just something about black that always works so well. It’s saturated, striking, and instantly modern. Whenever I need to add a dramatic element to any space, it’s one of the first color choices I consider. I feel like a lot of people tend to shy away from black because it’s just “too much”, but I’m telling you…you just need to go for it. Need a few examples for inspiration? Look no further…

Decorating with black via Simply Grove

Image: The Brick House

Nothing makes my heart happier than a black brick fireplace set against bright white walls. In fact, I have this exact scenario happening in my own living room. Paired with natural wood floors, this color choice is a no-brainer.

Decorating with black via Simply Grove

Image: Cote Maison

Black ceilings, anyone? I know, sounds a little scary when you just say it but seeing is believing. Personally, I think this is a great choice for basements, considering dark ceilings help to create a cozy, den-like feel. Two recommendations when going this route: keep the walls white and the floors light.

Decorating with black via Simply Grove

Image: Amber Interiors

Yes, black can work in a bathroom! Even a small one, at that. Just be sure that you have adequate lighting from a well-placed window. White and brass accents are a must.

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Image: UR Design

I’ve never met a black kitchen cabinet that I didn’t like. In a high-traffic zone notorious for spills, stains, and fingerprints, black is honestly one of the best color choices out there. Plus, it just looks SO darn good with other natural wood elements.

Decorating with black via Simply Grove

Image: Coco Cozy

This. Entryway. Using a contrasting black under the chair rail is a brilliant move. And don’t even get me started on that black door. The result is unexpected, yet so very sophisticated. Heart emojis, all the way.

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Happy Sunday, friends!! This is a fun day for me, being able to show you my bedroom makeover. I mentioned to you this past week (check out my post here) that I partnered with Sherwin Williams again for National Painting Week. This year I chose to focus on my bedroom and give it fresh coat of color. I love the result!

Before, the bedroom was painted in a white/mint hue. It worked for us but after awhile I wanted a change. A dramatic change.

I chose to paint just one wall, my bed wall, in Rock Bottom, a super deep charcoal. It instantly gave my bedroom a different feel. I use mostly white bedding so I wanted to create a dramatic contrast. Also, I used Sherwin Williams Emerald paint, which covered quite nicely. We used just under 2 gallons for this project.

I’m on a major brass and gold kick and the combo of gold and charcoal is flooring me! Knowing myself, I might be talking several clients into this look.

I chose not to use a headboard. The wall itself is my giant headboard and I love the simplicity of it all. Sometimes too much can take away from a space.

So there you have it! Thanks Sherwin Williams for inspiring us all to add new life into our homes by a simple coat of paint.

Head over to Curbly today to see what paint project they’ve created! And check out yesterdays projects from The Decorista and The City Sage. Also get a sneak peek of all 14 paint projects over on Huffington Post. AND the Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week SuperSale started yesterday and goes through April 22nd. It will offer 40% off paints and stains and 30% off painting supplies.

This post is brought to you by Sherwin Williams. All opinions are completely mine.






How many of us agree that paint can change the entire look and mood of a space?! A room can look completely different in only a day when painted. Or piece of furniture can have a totally new look when painted. That is why I’m a paint advocate! And why I have teamed up Sherwin Williams again for National Painting Week, this week! Remember last year when I painted my husband’s junior high dresser for NPW?? Well this year I’m tackling my bedroom! I knew that I wanted a dark moody grey to create a dramatic wall in my bedroom. I had been admiring grey bedrooms (like both shown) for awhile. That’s where Sherwin Williams Chip It application came in handy!

I downloaded my favorite grey bedroom online and this application matched paint colors to it. GENIUS! It made the decision that much easier. And it also showed me what accent colors to use. I’m sold on this application and will be using it for my clients.

So peeps, starting TODAY, National Painting Week will feature painting ideas, lots of color inspiration, product information and crazy cool projects from 14 design bloggers, starting with Little Green Notebook and Coco+KelleyMake sure that you stop by each blog this week to check out their projects. My project will be live here on Simply Grove Sunday, April 21st. Happy painting!

Images via Desire to Inspire and 79 Ideas.

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You wouldn’t really consider black a Christmas color, right?  These images above have proven that simple black winter accessories are modern and still festive. It creates a really nice backdrop for either staying neutral or adding color too. An easy way to add black is spray painting existing decor items that you haven’t really used much. A nice black coat will do the trick in revitalizing your things. So get that paint out and have some fun!


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