Martha Stewart announced Behr’s 2024 Color of the Year with the statement, ‘Get ready to embrace the dark side.’
Martha goes on to say that the paint is both ‘moody’ and ‘versatile.’
Black paint is somewhat of a lightning rod in the design community. The paint color is generally considered ‘brave’ and included on ‘colors to never use in your living room‘ lists. However, Behr Paint’s announcement of this color of the year combined with the approval of Martha and other knowledgeable interior design experts indicates that we should no longer be scared of the dark paint hue. This color trend is here to stay.
Cracked pepper is Behr’s brand new charcoal shade, ideal for adding a bit of drama to any space. Available in five different finishes for your perfect home.
‘My thoughts on color schemes incorporating black paint are that they can be very dramatic and moody, and even warm. There’s something about the color that envelops you and feels very insular,’ says Alexa d’Argencé, Senior Interior Designer at BAR Architects & Interiors.
The mood of black paint, she indicates, is all about the surrounding decor. ‘Lighting feels really warm against the color’ says Alexa, ‘I could see a dramatic wallpaper feeling great in a space with black walls also.’
Senior Interior Designer, BAR Architects & Interiors
Alexa d’Argencé is a San Francisco Bay Area, CA based residential and hospitality interior designer. Her goal as a designer is to create spaces that transport each person who enters them. She has a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.
Color and paintwork expert Goodell David admires the effects that dark paints like Cracked Pepper can have on a space. He says, ‘I think a black color scheme is very sophisticated and elegant, as well as versatile and timeless.’
Goodell continues about the Behr Paint color of the year, ‘Cracked pepper is a soft black that can create a dramatic and cozy atmosphere in any room, as well as contrast well with other colors and materials. It can also add some depth and dimension to our space, as well as reflect light and create some shimmer and shine.’
David Goodell, Color and Paintwork Expert, PaintsAcrylic
After years of experience in the art world, Goodell recognized the need for premium acrylic paints for artists. He founded PaintsAcrylic to offer resources on acrylic paints to painters around the world.
Though introducing it requires some skill and forethought, black paint is a stylish and versatile paint trend that will be appearing everywhere in 2024.