Ask a Designer - Black doors


"What do you think about interior black doors?  I'm wanting to leave my trim white.  Do I paint the jamb black or white?"

Halo Design's suggestions:

I love love love the aesthetic of a black interior door!  With that said, I think it works ideally when there are other elements within the space that tie in the door color like the door hardware color/finish, decorative lighting fixture finishes, and other metal furniture finishes  As you can see from the reference images, in most cases the black door is paired with accent light fixtures that have black, a stair railing in a black finish, dining chairs in black or wood flooring in a dark ebony color. You are showing black finish door levers which is great.  I think that the contrast of the black finish of the door with the white casing and baseboard result in a stunning look.  I like when the door hinges also coordinate with the door hardware.  The black door and white casing/baseboard/trim combo also allow a space to incorporate other colors easily.  You can coordinate furniture and other finishes such as flooring material quite easily.  As you can see from the examples. One of the images shows a walnut wood flooring and another shows a cherry flooring.   Black doors can work in a modern or traditional home depending on other existing finishes as mentioned earlier.  Let me know if you require a suggestion for a good "black" paint spec color and I would be happy to send you some options.