THE BEST SATIN & FLAT BLACK PAINT PRODUCTS FOR HOME INTERIORS
Black is a classic colour but using black for home interiors, either on walls or on woodwork, is daring. That being said, this hue is easy to integrate into a design without making the environment too dark or gloomy.
Coming in a range of finishes and formulations, black paint is ideal to use on a feature wall, on doors and staircases, and even used on window frames to help create a contrast with a white or cream wall. But with dozens of products out there, how can you ensure you’re choosing the best one?
The first thing to consider when choosing the best black paint is the surface to be painted. Then, check out our expert team’s top picks below to find the right product for you.
OUR BEST PICK BLACK PAINTS
Best Of The Rest
Exceptional self-undercoating paint for interior wood and metal.
Premium interior paint with supreme stain resistance. Ideal for a feature wall or focal point.
An eco-friendly black paint ideal to use in high condensation areas.
Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface paint is an advanced product formulated as a paint and primer in one. The product is designed for direct application to a host of surfaces, including masonry and plaster, wood and metal, plastic, ceramic and more.
The durable formula and versatility of this paint make it our favourite despite the rather low coverage. In fact, a litre of paint won’t cover more than 9m²/litre, although this is to be expected from a solvent-based product.
Coverage aside, this product is ideal to use in high-traffic areas. It dries to an attractive matt finish that is easy to wipe clean and looks amazing either on a wall or on interior woodwork.
Like any solvent-based paint, the product is toxic and we wouldn’t recommend using it in poorly ventilated spaces. Because of the rather long drying time, it is also essential to follow the application guidelines – especially in regards the ideal working temperature and humidity. It isn’t recommended to apply the product if the temperature is below 10°C and in damp conditions.
In ideal conditions, the paint touch dries in about two hours and can be handled after 8 hours. Recoat after at least 16 hours if needed.
Whether you want to paint wood or metal, Rustins Black Gloss is one of the most wallet-friendly solutions available on the market. The gloss finish makes the product ideal for interior woodwork, though the durability and resistance to the elements make the paint suitable for exterior use too.
Supplied in 250ml, 500ml and 1L tins, this high-quality alkyd-based paint is very easy to apply with a brush, roller or sprayer. It requires no undercoat and priming is only necessary on bare surfaces.
Despite its water-based formula, Rustins Black Gloss impresses with a great adherence on surfaces previously painted with solvent-based products. The only surface preparation required is a light sanding and a thorough cleaning of all dust and grease.
Formulated for wood and metal, the product can be used on interior woodwork, doors and window frames, furniture, tables and chairs.
In addition to versatility, the paint is also easy to work with. It has a great consistency; it doesn’t drip and touch dries in only half an hour. One coat is usually sufficient to achieve great results and the second coat, if needed, can be applied after about four hours.
The Quick Dry paint by Dulux is one of the most popular products for interior wood and metal. It comes in three finishes that include eggshell, gloss and satinwood. Of these, satinwood is definitely our favourite. This black paint dries to a subtle mid-sheen that provides a contemporary and more attractive alternative to classic gloss.
Water-based, the paint is environmentally friendly and boasts a low content of VOCs. It is safe to use in enclosed spaces and has a very low odour that doesn’t disturb during application. Once dried, the product is safe for children and pets.
Convenient and pleasant to use, this black paint is also easy to apply with a paintbrush. Although application with a sprayer may work, we wouldn’t recommend it because of the mess it can generate. Sadly, the product can’t be applied with a roller.
In terms of coverage, a litre of paint is sufficient for up to 12m², depending on the porosity of the surface. The self-undercoating formulation improves the covering power and as a result, two coats are usually enough to achieve a full coverage.
Black paint is one of the latest trends in interior design and one of the best products to consider is Dulux Matt Rich. Rich Black is an excellent choice to create a focal point around the fireplace or to use on a feature wall. The paint is available in other 42 neutral and dramatic shades that can complement all interiors.
Like most Dulux products, the paint boasts a quick drying formula. In fact, the product touch dries in one hour, but it may take three coats or more to get a full coverage. Despite this slight drawback, the product is easy to apply and our tests showed that the covering power improves if the product is applied with an airless sprayer.
A brush or roller are two other tools to consider. Regardless of your choice, the paint has a great viscosity and it doesn’t tend to drip excessively.
What impressed us is the durability of the paint. Once dried, the product needs little to no maintenance and is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. Moreover, the non-reflective matt finish adds a contemporary flair to the interior.
HQC Anti Damp Paint is an excellent product to use in high-traffic and high-condensation areas. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, the paint is formulated to reduce heat loss and to prevent condensation problems, including the formation of mould.
With a wide number of applications in residential and professional environments, the product comes in 32 colours and is supplied in containers with capacities that vary between 500ml and 10L. This adds to its versatility as it allows the capacity to minimise waste and costs by purchasing the necessary quantity of paint.
A disappointing trait is the coverage; a litre of paint suffices for up to 6m² and it usually takes two coats to achieve full coverage. This can result in a costly solution if you want to paint a whole room. On a positive note, the product also acts as an insulator and it’s well worth the money.
Another characteristic worth mentioning is the texture. The paint isn’t smooth on walls, which isn’t necessarily a drawback, depending on the finish you want to achieve. However, if you’re aiming for a smooth black finish, this may not be the best product for you.