Living with Black Interior Doors: 6 Month Update

Black closet doors in an office.

One of the “are you sure…?” moments with our home builder was when I told him I absolutely did not want white doors. I even wrote about why we chose black interior doors last year during the building process. I know white is classic, timeless and the norm, but I was obsessed with getting my tricorn black doors no. matter. what. And now that I’ve lived with them for (almost) 6 months, the verdict is…

ALSO…I’m hosting a spring home tour. Details on the bottom of this post. 

The black doors verdict? I LOVE THEM.

Black interior doors in a gorgeous satin finish look sleek when paired with minimal decor and alabaster white walls.

Absolutely, positively, without a doubt love them. You can probably tell that I am decorating at a much slower pace in this house because I want to make decisions and purchases in a methodical way. I’m reusing pieces from the former house, and I being choosy in what comes in to the new one.

That being said, having black doors makes a statement all on its own so not much else is needed to dress up the space. I’ve gotten comments that my home looks sterile because of all the black and white, but it’s purposeful. I went this route for a reason…I wanted the decor to shine, the spaces to feel airy and to keep a timeless vibe so I’m not always feeling like I have to paint walls with the hottest colors.

Black interior doors in a gorgeous satin finish look sleek when paired with minimal decor and alabaster white walls.

One of my favorite spots in the house is where three black doors converge in the master suite. I feel like I’m in a boutique hotel everyday of my life. An added bonus is that black doors instantly show dust, so I can quickly address it BUT they are also more forgiving to scuffs that happen when you have your hands full with a laundry basket and use your foot to open doors.

The satin finish shines just enough light on them to have a sheen without being in your face glossy and fingerprints wipe off easily with a damp rag.

Black interior doors in a gorgeous satin finish look sleek when paired with minimal decor and alabaster white walls.

Initially I really wanted brass door levers, but due to cost I opted for chrome. We have a lot of doors, so the savings was significant. I sometimes wish I had splurged on the brass, but 9 out of 10 days I’m thrilled with how easy it is to clean and maintain chrome, especially in a kitchen.

A black pantry door in an all white shaker cabinet kitchen with marble floors and backsplash. Love the bright and airy feel in here!

I also love the view of this tiny foyer/hallway (whatever you want to call it) that leads into the master suite. I placed my most favorite Minted art piece (see more pics and my review here) smack in the center, so again, I’m honing in on the color palette and vibe of our home with touches of brass.

Black interior doors make a bold statement against white walls in this modern home with traditional touches.

And from another angle:

Black interior doors make a bold statement against white walls in this modern home with traditional touches.

And in rooms where there’s not too much going on, such as my small office, they really pack a punch. I recently refreshed my office space, and while there’s not a ton “happening” in the room, the doors make it feel polished.

Black closet doors in a bright white and gold home office space.

As we begin working on bedrooms in 2018, they’ll add even more drama and impact to the space, but for now they simply add contrast and a luxe vibe.

If you’re on the fence on having black doors in your home, just try it on one door to see how you feel about it. I know it’s not a choice for every home, but if you want a different look that can fit a myriad of decor styles, then black is a fabulous and timeless choice.

Black interior doors make a bold and dramatic statement in a home against white walls and marble floors.

Black Door Details

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Paint Color: Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams

Paint Finish: Satin

Door Hardware: Privacy Set (Bed/Bath) | Hall/Pass Through | Closet/Dummy Lever

Paint Application: Sprayed during home build (not a DIY by me)

2018 Spring Home Tour Bloggers

I’ve gathered 24 of the most talented, diverse home decor bloggers for an amazing spring tour of homes! You can access the posts below. So much decor inspo to be found!

Monday Tours

Jest Cafe
Maggie Overby Studios
Shine Your Light
Twelve on Main
A Brick Home

Tuesday Tours (Live 3/6)

Up to Date Interiors

Iris Nacole

House Homemade

Casa Watkins Living

DIY Beautify

Wednesday Tours (Live 3/7)

This Is Our Bliss

Home Made by Carmona

Southern State of Mind

Inspiration for Moms

A Home to Grow Old In

Thursday Tours (Live 3/8)

Monica Wants It

Jeweled Interiors

Palm & Prep

Home Haus Home

Cassie Bustamante

Friday Tours (Live 3/9)

PMQ for Two

Mary Meyer Interiors

Vintage Meets Glam

Jessica Brigham

A Designer at Home



  1. Susan @ SunflowerHugs
    March 5, 2018 / 11:58 pm

    Sterile?? Who said that?? I think your house looks expensive, lux, and so the opposite of the over saturated farmhouse look. And I have farmhouse look in my house. Everything you have picked including those gorgeous black doors is gorgeous!

    • Monica Benavidez
      March 6, 2018 / 12:57 am

      A big site shared some of my kitchen photos and a few said it looked "sterile" and another said it looks like Beetlejuice lives here. I was sad at first, but now I kind of find the Beetlejuice comment hilarious. 🙂 Glad you like my style- that makes me so happy!

  2. Tracy
    March 6, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    Perfect timing! We're still waiting on our architect's rendering and I've already told my husband "I want black interior doors". He thinks I've lost it Ü Your house looks amazing! You've sealed my decision with just one photo. Thanks for posting!

    • Monica Benavidez
      March 6, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      I'm so excited for you Tracy! It's such a fun process, and I think black interior doors would look stunning in any home. Glad my photo could help you out. 🙂

  3. Christina Makri
    March 8, 2018 / 10:20 am

    Your doors are dazzling. I was not so daring to paint mine black and so I got a deep graphite for them.

  4. Rpk
    March 16, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Love your kitchen! We did black doors when we built in 2013, I have never regretted it!! Love them!

  5. nicole
    December 21, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    What type of paint did you use for the doors? Oil-based? I see Sherwin Williams also has an Emerald Urethane for trim?

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 3, 2019 / 8:48 pm

      Our builder used oil based paint from PPG color matched to Tricorn Black in a satin finish. That’s all I know, sorry! 🙁

  6. Branka
    January 20, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    Simply gorgeous!!! What color did you use on your walls? I am also thinking about painting my doors black and am looking for a perfect white to contrast the black. I’d appreciate the feedback. Thanks for sharing!