When you see a car that's been "murdered out", it's got a black on black, matte finish. Well, decorators can also use paint to add some attitude to decor. When you paint ordinary objects matte black, they look badass, leaning more stylish than sinister. More practically, flat paint helps hide a multitude of sins in a way that glossy or lacquer finishes won't. The black on black look of Pella Hedeby's back wall makes the shelving recede and the objects stand out instead.