Who said that you can't paint a wall black? This is a great example of how a couple of simple white and natural-looking accessories can brighten up even the darkest room. Window blinds allow you this type of flexibility, and can also become one of those essential accessories!
Good article on dark walls - works with lots of light, white trim and bold feature on the wall. What about painting a brick thermal mass wall black or charcoal? Beach Style Dining Room by Corine Maggio Natural Designs