A few months ago, I painted the walls in my dining room in black chalkboard paint thinking that A: black is elegant and cool and B: I could write all over the walls and have a really interesting dining room. But what the mind thinks doesn’t always translate into reality. Literally, once the walls were painted black, I waited for it to dry and re-painted it back to white in the same day.
I just stayed at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City and took a snapshot of the living room right next to the bedroom. Isn’t the royal blue wall stunning? Especially with the red stuffed velvet couches and black fireplace. Stunning in a photo, yes? But it was incredibly dark in person… in fact, just a bit too dark to feel comfortable. I had to open the windows to get as much light in the room as possible and then turn on every lamp at night so I wouldn’t bump into furniture. Not so energy-efficient.
But if you plan on painting your walls a dark color, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s new eco-paint line called Aura. It’s VOC-free (no odor) and uses water-borne ingredients to make it as environmentally-friendly as possible. It costs a bit more than regular latex paint, but it’s worth it: just one-coat coverage on your walls. So a dark color looks perfecto in one coat. And if you made a mistake, it’s just one-coat coverage (in white) to bring it back to life.