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Would you paint your interior doors black?

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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?

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

Sleek black doors = v nice

Tatty black doors = beyond horrid

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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!

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

I would Love a verandah

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.

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!

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 16:06:15

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 16:01:25

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 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!

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

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 15:48:23

ooops, forgot that photo was there, Manda!

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

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.

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

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...

MandaHugNKiss Sat 17-Nov-12 15:45:32

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.

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