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Try it: I painted my living room wall black

When I was an intern at the L.A. Times a dozen years ago, I had an all-white bedroom. I liked to lie on my white bed, beneath white mosquito netting, and consider the fragrance of the white Casablanca lilies I kept ever-present on the nightstand. Often, I played Pavarotti. This all-white room (in my friend Kim’s sweet beach house) felt like all I’d ever need in the world. (I was 22, OK?)

When T and I moved into our new house, the walls were white and I wanted almost everything else to be, too. The result was pretty, but all the furniture was fading together. I needed drama and contrast. And so last weekend, I had black paint on the counter and an encouraging friend on my sofa.  On a wild, gleeful spree, I painted one of the walls black.


I love it. My friend loved it. Her event-planner husband pronounced it fantastic. My mom and sisters – ultimate test – all approved.

Tyson is not sure.

I explained to him why it works: the room is large, the ceilings are high, and half of the walls are floor-to-ceiling windows. The place is flooded with light. All the furniture is light and bright. The black makes the shape of the furniture pop.

Am I crazy? Do you like it?

P.S. This weekend at the grocery store I was greeted by a cardboard bin of  pumpkins – real, stacked, orange pumpkins. (I squealed and posted a photo immediately to Instagram — are you following along? I’m @JaimeeRoseStyle) Anyway, another major pumpkin find: pretty silver-leaf pumpkins at Michaels. They come looking like this. And they come in gold, too. You don’t have to do anything but display and pretend you silver-leafed them yourself.

But now really, I want to know: the black walls . . . would you, could you? Am I nuts to be so in love?




  1. Michelle wrote:

    How can Tyson be on the fence about it? It is incredible!

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink
  2. Blair yates wrote:

    One word: OBSESSED

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink
  3. Lulu wrote:

    I think this takes it to a WHOLE different level… Perfection! Have a party soon, where friends will gush over how amazing the wall is half the night, I’m sure that’ll bring T around quickly! ;)

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  4. it is amazing. love. just the right statement wall to paint black. did the mr.’s a super dark gray – the entire room and ceiling!

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink
  5. bestofbklyn wrote:

    oh my gosh, I love this so much.

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink
  6. Kim Wells wrote:

    Love it Jaim. The bold black makes the room look even better. Le Mur Noir… I remember you telling me every room needs a little black. This is the perfect spot! Your 3 pc bookcase actually doesnt seem quite as massive and so many things you have now stand out! <3

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  7. jaimee wrote:

    Thank you all! I have won this episode of the decor wars, brought to you by Tyson’s annual backpacking trip. I just hope that next year, he doesn’t mind when he comes home to a new backyard.

    Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
  8. Frani Garcia wrote:

    I love your black wall. I also love your writing you are fabulous.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink
  9. hollye wrote:

    reminds me of the luxury suite at the blakes hotel, London. (my all time favorite hotel!)

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  10. amy wrote:

    i LOVE it! i’m pondering one black wall in an all white bathroom as i write this.. what color/brand paint did you use?

    Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink

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