Noir Above: 5 Intriguing Black Ceilings

It takes a bit of daring to paint a ceiling black. Color experts say that it helps make a cavernous space feel more intimate

Here are five inspiring spaces with black ceilings; if you’re not ready for a full-on noirish effect, charcoal gray is another moody shade to consider.

Above: Black floors and ceilings from 47 Park Avenue.

Above: A wood ceiling stained black in the loft of Dutch designer Paula Leen.

Above: A black painted ceiling and medallion from 47 Park Avenue.

Above: An otherwise white, bright kitchen with a contrasting black ceiling in a Madrid loft; photo via Kikette.

Above: A warehouse transformed into a living space, via OWI.

For more inspiration on incorporating black in unexpected ways, see Remodelista‘s posts Black Tub Roundup and Mixed Black Dining Chair Roundup.



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Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Dee D.
D D.3 years ago

It does create some drama.

Stella Gamboni
Stella Gamboni3 years ago

It's dramatic but I think you'd have a problem when you try to resell.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.3 years ago

My living room is dark enough, thank you.

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

interesting! my problem, however, isn't making a large space seem more cozy...but trying to make a small space seem larger...

Jean Wall
Jean Wall3 years ago

liked some of these examples better than others , but it decidedly needs to be balanced with very light color elsewhere in the room.

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.3 years ago

hmm, not sure if I like it...

Karin Jaeger
Karin J.3 years ago

looks good sometimes, looks like something heavy dropping down on your head the other times. and must be hell to redecorate - i suppose you have to put on several coats till that black doesnt shine through.

rene davis
rene davis3 years ago

omg I don't think I'm ready.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Not bad.