Tips for Painting with Dark Colours

Dark interiors look and feel sophisticated and cozy at the same time. However, many of us seem to be afraid of them when painting and decorating and often worry that they might appear depressing and unwelcoming. If you’re one of  the brave ones and would like to embrace  darker colours, read our top tips on how to help you make the most of your space and create a snuggly, warm environment.

Keep the Ceilings Light

Leave the ceilings in the room white or another light shade when painting and decorating with a darker paint colour. This will make the room look taller and less boxy, and the depth that it creates also makes the room look bigger. Keeping the ceiling light guides the eye upwards, making the ceilings look higher. You can also use lamps or chandeliers to reflect the light and give the appearance of a more open space.

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Let it Shine

Style with metallic decorations. Add brass, nickel or copper candlesticks, cases, or even glittery statement cushions. Use the metallic finishes to make the most of the natural light, reflecting it to create a deeper sense of dimension and make the room lighter and cozier. The darker coloured walls add emphasis to the decorations and accessories used.

Be Bold

Paint it like you mean it. Be brave and paint all the walls dark. Embracing the size of the room and the colour you have chosen, you can convert your space into one that is intimate and cozy. Alternatively, a feature wall is always a good option to ease yourself into a big change.

Make Good Use of the Light

Try using reflective surfaces. Different rooms offer a range of opportunities for this. For example, in the kitchen, you can use chromatic shiny elements and kitchen surfaces to make the most of the light available. In other rooms, you could hang mirrors and use glossy finishes of paint to reflect and make the room appear more spacious. With a dark room, you should not forget the ceiling as this can be used for a unique touch and to illuminate the room.


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