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Are You Ready To Go Over to the Dark Side?


One of the most dramatic interiors trends in the last few years involves dark colour schemes. Forget neutral or pastel palettes or the odd dramatic feature wall – we’re talking about embracing dark hues ranging from greys and blacks to inky blues, earthy browns, deep greens, or purples. Any colour, in fact, as long as it’s really dark!

There is no doubt that choosing a dark interior scheme can produce an elegant and dramatic vibe that makes a big impact in any room. But, it’s one thing to admire the clever use of moody hues on Pinterest, Instagram or homes & interiors blogs and quite another to take the plunge in your own home.

Before we explore how you can use dark colours to the best effect in your home, let’s debunk a couple of common fears and misconceptions that are stopping many of us from embracing the dark side.



NOT TRUE: Dark colours will make the space look smaller

We’ve all been taught that painting a room in light colours creates the illusion of space as a result of light bouncing around the room. It’s why millions of north-facing rooms and box rooms all over the country are painted in whites, neutrals and pastels. It, therefore, follows that dark colours will make a room look smaller – except that’s not necessarily the case.


In fact, the opposite may be true. A room painted in a dark hue – walls and ceilings – blurs the lines that define the room’s dimensions and makes the space recede.


NOT TRUE: Dark colours won’t work with my interiors style

If you think you need to go full-on Victorian parlour for a dark colour palette to work, you are missing a massive trick. Take a look at spaces designed by contemporary interior designers and you will find that dark shades can partner with any interiors style – modern and traditional – including Parisian, Mid-Century, Boho, Scan