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Painting It Black: A Bold Statement in Dark Color

Painting It Black: A Bold Statement in Dark Color

Other than trim work, few people in the Naples, Florida area would ever consider painting exterior home or business surfaces black. First off, the color black totally conflicts with the overall southwest Florida style. More importantly, though, our bountiful sunshine would turn black-painted structures into hotboxes. Not only would a black painted building increase cooling costs, but the sun would cause the black paint to fade, blister, and peel much faster than other colors.       

However, anyone with a strong urge to “paint it black” should certainly consider using black paint for interior surfaces. If done right, black paint can add elegance and sophistication to interior spaces. It can also make spaces seem much larger than they are. Black is an interesting color to work with because it obscures shadows and corners and can provide a dramatic contrast with other colors.

The color black is also an exceptionally tricky color to work with. Therefore, FCI Painting offers the following tips to anyone contemplating a black paint job for their interior spaces:

Contrast is Crucial, So Start Small

Any room can be beautified with black paint but the balance between dark and light colors is one of the key factors in making black paint work. Just consider what a particular room might look like if you decided to paint everything black. Trust us, not very appealing.

The best means for making black paint strikingly beautiful is to create a distinctive balance between dark and light colors. Think of black walls paired with lighter floor colors, trim work, and/or furniture. The contrast between them can be subtle or dramatic depending on the ratio. The contrast is also dependent upon lighting, as black paint color schemes work best with plenty of light. In fact, available light should always play a primary role in choosing black paint color schemes.

For do-it-yourselfers who are new to black paint, figuring out the desired contrast balance can be a struggle—checking out fan decks, visualizers, and color-coordinating palettes will probably not provide sufficient guidance with regard to the final appearance. Thus, a good rule of thumb with introducing black paint into your interior spaces is to start small. Given that black paint helps make small spaces look bigger, introduce black paint to a hallway or powder room. Contrast it with a light trim and/or floor coloring to assess whether it’s creating the style you seek. Also, make sure that you view the end result under different light conditions.

With larger rooms, consider adding black as an accent first. In some rooms, painting all the walls black often makes them too dark and depressing. So, try painting one wall black in contrast to other lighter colored walls. You can also create a focal point by painting just one wall in a room black. This works especially well in rooms with uneven walls and/or slanted ceilings, especially when you paint walls with windows in lighter colors.

Make sure You Choose the Right Shade and Sheen   

Black paint colors that are not “true black” tend to include either a “cool” blue or “warm” brown accent. The warm black paint colors are more versatile with contrasting colors, while cool black paints work best with soft blue trims and other colors on the cool spectrum. Choosing the right sheen is equally important. Matte finishes offer a softer, more subtle appearance, while a high-gloss sheen provides dramatic highlights to the contrasting colors. As with everything else about black paint colors, contrast and lighting is key.     

Consult with an Interior Paint Expert to “Paint it Black”

If you successfully figure out your “paint it black” interior paint color scheme, we commend you for your perseverance and fortitude. Black is one of the most difficult paint colors to work with due to its broad variances with contrast colors and how it reacts to different light. With more than 25 years of professional interior and exterior painting experience in the Naples, Florida area, FCI painting is experienced with the challenges of working with black paint. We can help you come up with the perfect black color scheme for your interior spaces and deliver a top-notch finished paint job. To consult with us about any of your painting needs in the southwest Florida area, you can reach us by contacting FCI Painting online, or by giving us a call at (239) 435-1001.

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The entire process from start to finish was professional. They did a great job and left everything clean. Ryan wouldn’t leave until everything was perfect. The entire team was so responsive. I would recommend FCI to anyone. I would give them 6 stars if I could.

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We have a three unit, two story condo building that needed an exterior painting job we awarded to FCI Painting. Their proposal was reasonably priced and very detailed. Richard Foden’s came to estimate the job and took the time to explain the process, answer questions and provide recommendations (that help us in our process). We received four proposals and FCI’s stood out making our decision straight forward. FCI crew was professional and the foreman ‘Eduardo’ exceptional. On a daily basis’s he communicated what to expect, what they would be achieving and the crews next steps. Crew was courteous and cleaned up the grounds every evening. We highly recommend FCI Painting company. Thanks

Leo G

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I honestly cannot recommend this company enough. I was attempting to find painters in Naples while I was still in Canada. Richard and his team were so helpful in the process, going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. They were thorough, professional, and one of the best prices I found in the area. Incredible service.

Jeremy S

Definitely Use Them Again

Richard and his team were great to work with. They were polite, cleaned up and did an awesome job! I have already recommended them to people and would definitely use them again.

Helen R

Ahead of schedule

Very professional, prompt… even ahead of schedule. I will always use them from now on.

Brittany K

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I can’t recommend FCI Painting enough! Owner Richard Foden runs one of the finest painting companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. When my business moved into our new office, we started researching painters in Naples, FL and FCI came highly recommended. The commercial painters that Richard works with are prompt, thorough and professional. After working with them in a business setting, I’ll be certain to give Richard a call next time I’m in need of house painters as well.

Martin V

Professional & Friendly

Had my condo painted by FCI Painting and they did an outstanding job! They were professional and friendly.

Eileen F

Competitive & Fair

FCI Painting did an outstanding job for us and we are more than pleased with the results. We found the pricing to be competitive and fair. Our painter, Chris, was an expert craftsman, patched several areas of drywall that needed attention and helped us work through a problem we had with one of the colors we chose. We would definitely recommend FCI painting for anyone looking for a quality job at a fair price.

Donna C

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Big thanks to FCI, I had them paint my house inside and out and they did a fantastic job, way above my expectations, there employees were punctual and polite, and the work was completed 2 days before the scheduled completion date. Would not hesitate to recommend A++++++++++

Neil S

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FCI Painting did a fantastic job on my driveway. They were swift, neat, and very sharp eye on quality. I would highly suggest there work and I would call them again.

Tom D

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FCI did a great job painting our home! Job was done on time & on budget, no surprises! Rich was a pleasure to deal with & was very prompt when responding to a question or request. Chris, our painter, was on-time each day, always prepared, cleaned up every afternoon, worked at a good pace & super friendly. Would definitely use them again & recommend them highly!

Christine C

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My family has used FCI in our homes and businesses. They have always done an outstanding job, neat and clean and Richard is wonderful accommodating owner to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone.

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Great Company, Great Results! We use FCI whenever we can!


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