What Wall Color Goes With Black Furniture? (Find Out Now!)

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

In fashion, the most obvious color for anyone to choose in an outfit is black. It’s stylish, smart, and it goes with everything. Black is a color that’s so versatile, it works wonders wherever it goes. When it comes to interior decorating, black furniture is always in style. It’s also famous for being versatile, but that doesn’t mean that every wall color is ideal for it. Choosing the right walls is the best way to make your furniture pop.

Black is a universally flattering shade that can technically work with any wall color. However, there are some colors that tend to be more popular as pairings than others. These include:

  • White 
  • Grey
  • Bright Red
  • Beige
  • Blue
  • Bricks
  • Gold
  • Yellow

You can’t go wrong with black furniture, but getting a nice wall color to bring it together is icing on the cake. Our guide will get your visual inspiration going!

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The Best Wall Colors For Black Furniture

Any wall color is a good color if you have black, but we’re going to show you why some of the most popular pairings are as popular as they are. Let’s take a look…


White is the number one wall paint for a room that has a heavy emphasis on black furniture. The reason why is simple: it provides a stark contrast that people adore. White also happens to work well with any other colors that you might want to add to your home. Either way, it’s a sleek way to make sure that you get a nice look that can range from modern to traditional without any issue.

Having white as your wall color is the one way to make sure that your designs don’t go wrong, especially when you have darker furniture. Regardless of the specific style of furniture you want to add to your room, having it on a white backdrop will work well. This is why most apartments come with pre-painted white walls.


Want something bold? Sophisticated? Maybe a little bit Manhattan in its style? Then go with grey walls, paired with some black furniture. This is a deeply masculine look that is reminiscent of Wall Street. If you’re looking for a good style for your study, this stately build will make your place look luxe AF.

It’s worth noting that you often need to have a spacious, well-lit room for this to work out. Otherwise, it can look rather gloomy. It’s also worth pointing out that gold can help warm up an otherwise cold, unfeeling room.

Bright Red

Red is a firey color scientifically linked with increasing a person’s appetite. It’s also a bold color that works really well with modern and Oriental design. This is doubly true when you’re working with black and red together. While it can look a little goth when done incorrectly, this duo works remarkably well when the right designs are used.

Is it a little risky? Yeah. But, with great risk comes great rewards. The stylish look of this photo doesn’t lie. Red makes for a strong statement that can take your breath away!


In this picture, we see a stone wall give a luxury living room a touch of beige, and the effects are wonderful. The creamy beige stones give the place a warmer look that adds a natural touch to the home. Of course, you don’t need stonework to get that gorgeous look. A nice coat of paint can suffice.

Beige is a lot softer than black in terms of contrast. This helps reduce the starkness of the look and makes your home look more inviting. Besides, it’s a little more unusual to see. This makes it a great pick for people who want to have a different take on it. If you are feeling a little lost on what color to pick but want to avoid white, opting for beige won’t fail you.


Blue is the most popular “color” color to paint a room, and rightfully so. This is the color people go to when they want something serene and calming. It’s also the most popular color on the market. Unsurprisingly, blue can offer a pretty interesting contrast when black furniture is involved.

When blue and black pair up together, you get a really sophisticated vibe. It’s relaxing, sure, but at the same time, it’s hard to ignore how regal this combination is.

Brick Red/Brick Walls

Do you love the ambiance of a gritty Brooklyn loft? Of course, you do. Who doesn’t? It’s awesome and industrial, yet at the same time classy. It can be hard to ignore how effortlessly elegant exposed brick looks, especially when you live in a city where it just works. Unsurprisingly, black furniture works well with exposed brick backgrounds…or even a brick-colored paint!

Black furniture has a natural industrial look to it, even if it’s technically a Victorian piece or a rustic piece. That makes this pairing a shoo-in for anyone who wants to get that urban vibe. If you are looking to decorate an office in the same vein as an upscale WeWork, this is the combination you need. But, don’t worry. If you don’t have a brick wall, you can paint one on pretty easily.


Were you a fan of The Great Gatsby growing up? Did you always want to have a little bit of Art Deco glam in your own home? Trust us when we say we understand that feeling all too well. The classic color combination of the 1920s was black and gold, and it doesn’t take too much to get the air of old-school glamour with this kind of color.

Here, we see a designer who added a gold wall through the use of mosaic tiling. The kitchen got a little bit trendy with it, but still manages to carry that air of luxury people love. This just goes to show that you don’t need to be heavy-handed when it comes to gold. A little accent on a busy wall is more than enough to carry the glitz.

Bold Yellow

If you want a very daring and bold, but welcoming color combination, consider pairing your black furniture with a bright yellow wall paint color. Yellow works especially well if you’re aiming for a Mediterranean style space or want to give it a very sophisticated look. You can paint the entire room yellow, or paint just an accent wall to liven up the room with a nice punch of color.

What Color Should I Paint My Bedroom With Black Furniture?

Can’t decide what color to pair with the black furniture in your bedroom? Consider these hues:

  • Ivory White: An off-white hue, like ivory, is a very sophistication color choice for walls. It is warmer than a stark white, softer than cream, and just a shade darker than eggshell. Ivory white paint is a versatile, timeless color that can add the right level of warmth to your bedroom when paired with black furniture.
  • White: White is, of course, a classic color to combine with black furniture. This neutral color can create a solid, clean backdrop for your bedroom. When you mix white walls with black furniture, along with layers of accessories, you can give the room a very cozy appeal.
  • Charcoal: Charcoal is one of the best background colors for black furniture. However, to prevent it from making your room look monotonous, make sure to carefully proportion this color in the space.
  • Gray/ Light Gray: Another elegant neutral color, gray can completely transform a bedroom with black furniture. There are so many different hues of gray to choose from, each of which will work well with whatever type of black furniture you have. However, consider a light gray wall paint color to bring the whole space together and give a more cohesive look.
  • Steel Blue: As we’ve seen blue tones pair wonderfully with black furniture, and can give your roof the sophisticated touch it needs. Plus, blue is known to deliver feelings of pureness, clarity, intuition, and calmness. Steel blue is a great choice to emphasize the black furniture and other accessories in a bedroom.

What Colors Don’t Go Well With Black Furniture?

If you were wondering what colors don’t go well with black furniture, it’s actually a hard question to answer. There really aren’t any colors that are a true no-go when it comes to matching with black. With that said, there are a couple that are slightly riskier than others:

  • Black. Black on black can be bold and futuristic, but it can also be dark and suffocating. Too much darkness can be disorienting. In fact, it’s even been linked to symptoms of depression in people who are prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  • Green. Though green can look good with black, it’s often all about the right shade and style. If you choose a green that’s too dark, you might end up feeling like your room is more foreboding than inviting. If you choose to pair dark green and black, make sure to have plenty of white accents to balance things out.
  • Pink. Do black and pink go well together? Absolutely. However, it can be fairly difficult to turn this color combination into a viable room design. Most of the time, it just turns out visually jarring and extreme. Moreover, if it’s not for a bakery or a girl’s room, it might look somewhat unsettling.

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Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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