Would you paint your interior doors black?

(45 Posts)
Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 12:08:15

Looking through design magazines and on Houzz it seems to be the norm in the states. I haven't seen it in real life though. Has anyone done it?

I can only imagine it would work in a huge space with lots of light - in my teeny house it would make it look like I lived in a dungeon grin

mmmmsleep Sat 17-Nov-12 12:13:12


Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 12:48:55
Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 12:49:15

Oops that was completely the wrong link hang on!

Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 12:49:44
HappyGirlNow Sat 17-Nov-12 13:33:15

I really like them!! Hmmmm...

Furoshika Sat 17-Nov-12 13:40:14

She says 'my hallways have ZERO natural light, yet the first picture shows various windows above and in the main door, and then some more through the glass doors. And her hallway is the size of the footprint of my house.
So she's a bit disingenuous about how much light there is and she has a big house by our standards. Honestly I don't know anyone with a house that could take the dulling down of black doors.

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 17-Nov-12 13:45:21

I really like them after seeing that link! Wouldn't work in my tiny flat though.

I prefer the white ones in all her before and after pictures. ROFL at 'zero natural light'

Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 14:06:39

I've just been on a couple more websites showing before and after pictures and I really like them. I'm just not sure I'm brave enough.

Our house has large rooms but we have lots of big trees so some of the rooms are quite dark.

I would imagine that once they are black they would need to be stripped properly if we decided the blak was too much and they had to be white again.

Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 14:08:55

Black not blak!

Pannacotta Sat 17-Nov-12 14:37:45

I like it, think black used on woodwork looks very smart and very "finished".
But I like dark paint colours generally.

amazonianwoman Sat 17-Nov-12 15:04:53

I would've said no until I looked at the ones on your link, which do look smart - I really like them.

(wanders off to consider newly painted, previously stripped, whitish doors which already look grubby due to DH's newspaper print fingers, scruffy dog and 2 DCs)

I think it looks great but then I' not sure if I'm loving the actual decor or the fact that it's a MASSIVE entrance hall... with a feature wall (only me loving the mirror wall? Not the green frames, mind)

Indeed, it would be a certain large home to take black/dark doors without them becoming oppressive.

noddyholder Sat 17-Nov-12 15:33:09

Looks great elegant and finished but you do need that sort of scale for it to look that way. People are obsessed with light atm in interiors and it doesn't always look as good. Our whole house was white apart from one living room which I painted in F and B brinjal a very dark aubergine almost black and all my friends loved it as it was so nice at night with the fire on and candles lit. If you have the dimensions go for it it looks great

Point in case, the house we have just bought and are in the process of gutting/renovating had six doors into/out of the living room (one to utility, double doors to conservatory, double doors to kitchen, one to hall) and were in a dark wood.

THey are currently in the process of being primed, sanded, primed again, undercoated... two coats of whatever colour I finally decide on will go on this week. It's obvious, even with them all propped up again the walls whilst they are worked on that having them white changes the whole feel of the room.

wendybird77 Sat 17-Nov-12 15:38:06

I'm going to paint my internal cottage doors in a dark grey with black knobs. I love the look. However, the walls are all going to be some undetermined shade of white. Woodwork will be a lighter shade of grey than the doors. My house is not huge, but I think it will look nice when done (fingers crossed).

tethersend Sat 17-Nov-12 15:38:25

I painted my whole front room black.

It looks great.

noddyholder Sat 17-Nov-12 15:39:34

I bet it does tether if I ever find a house and it is big enough I am going to do the bedroom black.What floor do you have?(nosey)

Just had a nosy on your profile, tether - the walls I can see do look fab (and the artwork is wow!). How did you furnish/floor? More dark or contrast?

Walls dark are a different matter than doors, I think, though. Because I think doors can take on the feeling of a person when seen in your periphery.. hence me saying they would (to me, anyway) feel oppresive. Like a load of dudes watching over me in my own home. And not in a nice protective way.

This is coming from me, who was seriously weirded out by the Gormley Watcher installation in London.

Pannacotta Sat 17-Nov-12 15:46:25

I have painted our tv room/snug very dark brown and think it looks really good, esp at night as Noddy says.
But is is a big room and the ceiling and high skirting are pale.
I think dark is lovely but not ideal in small rooms, it can feel a little claustrophobic...

noddyholder Sat 17-Nov-12 15:47:00

I have had a few clients over the years who have wanted black but backed out at the end V disappointing

tethersend Sat 17-Nov-12 15:47:15

You'll be aghast, noddy, but it's a basement flat.

It's actually fairly light for a basement, but it's not huge and it really works. All our furniture is 1960s/70s and is quite bright, natural floors.

The bedroom is on the first floor and we've painted that very dark too- a sort of greeny-charcoal. I want to paint the woodwork in the same/slightly darker colour but a different finish- we have the original Victorian shutters on the windows. DP isn't sure, but I think it will work.

tethersend Sat 17-Nov-12 15:48:23

ooops, forgot that photo was there, Manda!

Yes, and there is a massive oil painting of Quincy on the wall grin

noddyholder Sat 17-Nov-12 15:49:19

I quite like basements. I think trying to achieve the big light thing is not that easy in this country. I had a dark grey living room about 5 or 6 yrs ago but it as big.I had all the brighton mumsnet crew round for xmas think some of them thought it a bit grim grin

tethersend Sat 17-Nov-12 15:52:27

I love the dark. As you say, trying to create a 'feeling of light' by painting all the walls of a tiny Victorian terrace white is a bit like nailing jelly to the wall grin

Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 15:54:00

I think I might go for it. The house and rooms are well proportioned (picture on profile I think) and so hopefully it would work.

Will probably try it on one first just in case!

Pannacotta Sat 17-Nov-12 16:01:25

Virgil you might find a dark grey a bit easier to live with, just a thought, see the third pic in this link


Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 16:06:15

I like that picture. Do you think it's dark grey or a satinwood black which looks black because of the way the light reflects? Either way I like the look. The more pictures I see the more persuaded I am.

Now convincing DH might be a different story of course!!

Pannacotta Sat 17-Nov-12 16:11:49

Its dark grey, it looks a bit like F&B Bue B;ack which I have used on fireplaces.
SOfter than true black and less dramatic.
HAving looked at the pic of your house I think it might fit better (judging just from the style of the house).
Can I ask when it was built?

Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 16:20:34

It was built in 1956 but i think it was last done up in about 1990 judging from the decor. We are in the process of trying to sort it out (after living with it for the past three years) but I'm nervous of making mistakes. It's a big house and I don't want to get it wrong!

Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 16:23:49

If anyone has any views on an American style porch/veranda across the front of the house too then I'm still dithering with that decision so any input would be appreciated!

Can you tell I've been spending hours on Houzz. The American ideas are taking over.

noddyholder Sat 17-Nov-12 16:31:34

I would Love a verandah

PiggeryJokery Sat 17-Nov-12 16:31:34

Wow I was hmm at the title of this thread but those pics are amazing. Mind you they all have immaculate paintwork on the walls, and it looks best with the stone / buff or blue-grey colours. And you do need great lighting, even if its not natural light.

Re the mirror wall, to me it just looks she's running a mirror shop!

ATourchOfInsanity Sat 17-Nov-12 16:36:36

I think it looks a bit 80's...

Pannacotta Sat 17-Nov-12 16:53:08

I thought it looked 1950s.
In that case I would say to avoid black and try grey instead, black is probably more in keeping with period houses.

A verandah could work, it looks like there is lots of room for one and that there is plenty of space around the house.
WOuld you have it at the front or back and what aspects are both?

Virgil Sat 17-Nov-12 16:59:16

Verandah at the front to soften it a bit. I feel like its a bit boxy.

The front faces north west and gets a bit of sun in the evening. We don't have neighbours since we live in a wood and so we could sit there even though its the front of the house.

It's more to soften the look of the house than for sitting purposes really though since there are lots of other lovely places to sit.

betterwhenthesunshines Sat 17-Nov-12 17:21:37

I have to paint our hallway and I'm going for a colour like this . The downstairs hall is all interior and squarish with dark wooden floors and a woodburner. The wall with the woodburner might be dark too, and the stair spindles, with the wall behind the spindles light.

Upstairs hall is a nroow corridor, but doesn't have a lot of doors facing each other. I'm going to be brave. It won't be painted until Easter so no pictures yet.

treesntrees Sat 17-Nov-12 22:35:21

buy some large quantities of black paper or cheap fabric and pin onto a couple of doors to assess if you would like the effect.

Devora Sat 17-Nov-12 22:49:17

I quite like it, but mainly I love her hallway and the contrast of the black with the white and buff colours. (Really hate the green mirrors, though.)

Agree with others that, (a) all your paintwork must be immaculate, (b) you need high ceilings and good dimensions, and (c) good light. So that's my gaff ruled out on all counts.

I think it would look even better in a very dark grey or olive or taupe.

Annianni Sat 17-Nov-12 22:53:30

I think they look nice in those links.

I've recently stained our bathroom floor black (1930's house) and it looks great.
Everyone comments on the floor, dh was a bit hmm when I first suggested it, but he loves it now.

treesntrees Sat 17-Nov-12 23:11:59

try pinning cheap black fabric or black paper to a couple of doors to get an idea if you would like black doors

UnrequitedSkink Sat 17-Nov-12 23:13:26

I especially like the doors with glass in them, they carry the black well and the glass makes it less oppressive. Any chance you could go for some framed glass internal doors OP?

I think, if it were me, I'd be inclined to keep the black doors downstairs and stick to white for bedrooms.

Devora Sat 17-Nov-12 23:14:25

Sleek black doors = v nice

Tatty black doors = beyond horrid

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