Black might not be an obvious choice for kids’ interior design, but it offers up a cosy and practical approach to decorating a space that often doubles up as a playroom. It can be a daunting concept initially, but it’s important to remember the process is no different from working with any other colour on the paint chart. There’s a sliding scale of hues and possibility and many ways to experiment with this most powerful of inky tones.

This collection of black-themed boys’ room demonstrates the myriad ways you can realise the magic of black without a mud pie or liquorice lace in sight. Achieve it with accent walls, go cautiously with half colour-blocked walls or simply bring in the black with bedlinen! It’s a bold colour choice, but the effect is timeless sophistication.


Nayden’s room follows the rest of the family home’s industrial interior direction with its steely colour palette and abstract styling. Now, you could be forgiven for thinking this ‘angled’ shot is capturing a sloped ceiling, although the cot’s position really gives the game away. In fact, it’s an impressive spot of tricolour blocking that gives this illusion. Why have one colour when you can have three?


A black wall that stops short of the ceiling allows a cosy vibe without being too overbearing. Wall art with white backgrounds add impact and inject the moody drama with a breath of fresh air. Natural flooring and naked wood in the key furniture pieces add more light/dark contrast, and we also witness the transformational power of a Tribu rug by @lorenacanals. This room is full of contradictions. Quiet and loud, dusky and bright, moody and cheerful. We love it!


The monochrome look can even be achieved with colours close to black without the total commitment. Zayn’s room takes black olive and serves up a lighter feast for the eyes. Again, we see the tried and tested technique of creating balance in natural flooring and a brilliant white cot bed.Our faithful friend, Loony Leopard by @doinggoods, adds a splash of safari spice matched by the Wonder and Rah’s Panthera print and the delightful Leopard PJ’s by @mini_rodini.


Mono comes in many shapes and sizes, and Katrine’s version is of the dizzying heights variety. Snowy home-crafted peaks punctuate charcoal walls and melt into a pale grey carpet. It’s monochrome magic made all the more exciting with a Jurassic twist. Snurk’s fun dinosaur duvet cover brings the roarsome, and IKEA’S Minnen bedframe in black is just the perfect match for this alpine-dino bedroom.


Twenty-four shades of grey? A feature wall in Dulux’s Urban Obsession borders on black and creates the night sky in this safari room with a difference. Inquisitive giraffes from the framed mono poster prints peer out at the scene below, perhaps recognising one of their own in the plush fawn-spotted giraffe, the only real departure from this grey-toned room full of adventure.


There is no denying that simple can be oh so effective, and Emma has given her boys’ room for two a sophisticated refresh on a budget but with maximum impact. The feature wall is painted in a shade called Black Magic – a fitting name for such an enchanting room. The symmetry in the linens and soft furnishings leads to a hotel-styled look, and the under bed storage baskets bring together function and form with a modern aesthetic. It’s an altogether grown-up affair that won’t date quickly and exudes charm and calm in equal measure.


Now here’s an ingenious way to test out dark interior styling without an ounce of commitment. The Privacy Pop bed tent fits around the mattress to block out ambient light with a fabulous fort as a by-product. We’re talking instant black walls without a paintbrush in sight and the ability to create a cosy night time nook in no time at all.


‘Bear’s black and white delight of a room has cosy cabin vibes aplenty. Kari designed it with longevity in mind, hoping it would take her son from grade-schooler to teen. We love the blackboard and batten wall topped with bare timber, and the artwork is a great way to acknowledge Kari’s sons’ nickname. The black and white theme is even carried through to the window dressings and curtain pole. A tepee, large check bedlinen and bedside lantern add kudos to the outdoor adventure.


Sloped ceilings are every stylist’s nemesis, so what better treatment than a simple wall hanging, especially when it’s as precious as an educational world map in neutral tones. This attic-style room maximises the full gamut of greys ranging from the palest pastel dolphin grey right through to the darkest charcoal. The expanse of muted greys sets the stage for a homely black house bed mimicked by a wonderful two-toned tepee on the adjacent wall. The apex adventure doesn’t end there with a floaty canopy also getting straight to the point! Sheer ebony Roman blinds dress the windows but still allow flashes of light in and taking the weight out of this dreamy, dark den.

A jigsaw playmat akin to the interior designer’s paint colour wheel reflects all of the hues expertly woven into the rich tapestry of this awe-inspiring kids’ room.


Double trouble and a delicate dash of dark makes for a bright spin on black and white. This is an excellent illustration of how to bring in a colour theme with less permanence. Bedlinen and cushions deliver a cheerful check but can be switched out with ease. There’s a beautiful mirroring of the primary-coloured pillow pluses with a moodier version on the garland. How darling are those framed prints, ingeniously crafted using gift paper!


Dimm’s distressed chalky black walls are full of texture and intrigue, and we love the placement of the mini stonewashed jeans – perhaps a hint at the inspiration behind this feature wall? Anne Marie achieved this look with two different shades of grey chalk paint and a block brush. A black cot and mono birth poster continue the theme, but those chalky blackboardesque walls really are the showstopper.


Loomwell’s Spencer wallpaper brings the midnight sky to this space-obsessed boys’ room. It’s another fine piece of evidence that black in kids’ rooms doesn’t have to equal dark and dreary. The solid colour of the stellar wall is peppered with white shooting stars, and bold typographical artwork by @opalplusolive on a white canvas also offers a reprieve from the dark matter. Dove grey bedlinen by @pigletinbed and a crescent moon wall shelf by Urban Outfitters put the icing on this cosmic cake.


Madden’s little man cave takes the ‘toe in the water’ approach to black with wonderful wainscoting in a shade of the bottom-of-the-ocean. A trio of mono cushions back up the black vibe tempered only by the beige balance of a textured bed throw and headboard. Trek Light Gear’s canvas flag has the final say: This must be the place!

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