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It’s official: I’m the worst blogger-keeper-upper ever. I know it’s been over a month since my last post but what you probably don’t know is that I’ve been out of town. I was invited to the White House because Michelle Obama saw my double-dutch moves on YouTube and just had to meet me. And then there was the whole thing with the Pope where we had tea and stuff….

Fine. None of that is true. I don’t even like tea. The real reason for my long as* absence is plain and simple, I’ve been really busy. And I’m so grateful to be able to use that as an excuse. I’ve been doing master bathroom remodels, condo gut jobs, whole house construction, etc, etc. and I’m having a blast! But I will try harder to keep the blog running on a reasonable timeline and not let it die a slow death, like Moon Boots.

So back to business and first up on the agenda is paint – black paint by Benjamin Moore to be exact. My job relies heavily on finding the perfect color for a room, and even for me, it’s a challenge. There are a lot of shades out there that are epic failures but when you find the right one, it’s heaven. I’ve been exploring black paint the past few days because I’m doing an accent wall and I really want the drama of black to showcase art, furniture, and lighting. But it’s so important to find a black with either blue or red undertones to avoid a flat, dull appearance. The right black paint can actually be a very complex color with a lot of personality.

Here are my contenders:

Raccoon Fur:
I really like this color. It’s very saturated but with just enough blue to give it depth. It doesn’t come off as a strong black so if you’re looking for something with a little less intensity, this is it.

One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane

Design Manifest

Design Manifest

Pinterest

Pinterest

Soot:
Soot is a strong black, but with the blue undertone it appears inky and mysterious and not flat at all. I would use this on trim or doors rather than a whole wall and probably go for the ultimate glam by using a high-gloss finish.

Houzz

Houzz

Studio-McGee

Studio-McGee

Pinterest

Pinterest

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You’re probably thinking “this girl is crazy, they look exactly the same” but I slapped a couple samples on the wall and there are unbelievable differences in the depth of color. The Soot looked like a true black while the Raccoon Fur came across a little warmer so I went with Raccoon Fur. It works really well in the space and will look amazing against just about anything I put next to it. Especially brass lighting – you know it!

cheers,
Heather

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