The 5 Best Black Paint Colors

Tried-and-true black paint colors that instantly update any space.

30 October 2019 -

Adding a touch of black paint is one of the best ways to add depth and drama to any interior and keep a home from feeling too one-note. However, it’s not easy to find the right paint color for your space, and when it comes to black, it can be even harder to commit!

After years of collecting and testing swatches, we’ve found our favorite black paint colors for each situation. Today, we’re rounding up 5 of our tried-and-true black paint colors. Scroll through for inspiration photos, our paint guide, and tips on how to use each shade.

Our Favorite Black Paints


Sherwin Williams ‘Tricorn Black’

The perfect saturated black that looks incredible in a high gloss finish. We often use this for a statement-making front door or cabinets.

Sherwin Williams ‘Black Magic’

A soft black that works great on interior doors (and walls) in a satin or eggshell finish.

Benjamin Moore ‘Soot’

A moody gray-black that works beautifully for interior walls without feeling too cold.

From our Modern Mountain Home.

From our SM Ranch House.

From our SM Ranch House.

Benjamin Moore ‘French Beret’

A black with a serious blue-gray undertone. Great for really dark walls and exteriors without fully committing to black.

From our Swan Lake House.


From our Swan Lake House.

From our SM Ranch House.

From our SM Ranch House.

Sherwin Williams ‘Green Black’

A unique green-black with undertones of blue and a matte finish. We love using this color in an office or other interior walls.

From our Denver Tudor.

From our Denver Tudor.

Here are some common questions about black paint:

What. colors go well with black?

Although virtually any color can look great with black, contrasting black accents with light and bright neutral shades allows black paint to stand out and provide a focal point to the space.

We like to surround our black accent paints with whites and creams while adding in contrasting textures and finishes like brass and natural wood for the most striking result.

What is the best black paint color for the front door?

We often use Sherwin Williams ‘Tricorn Black’ for a statement-making front door. In a high gloss finish, it creates the perfect contrast to light exteriors and complements dark exteriors.

Some of our other favorites include Nightfall by Benjamin Moore, Black Magic by Sherwin Williams, and Soot by Benjamin Moore. See our full front-door paint guide bellow for more ideas on painting your front door!

Front door paint colors.

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Date Posted
30 October 2019