9 Ways to Utilize Rich, Dark Paint

Color plays such an important role in interior design. An area’s whole mood can be improved or totally ruined by a single decision. The wrong choice can mask interesting design information, help make an uninteresting space or toss everything out of balance. However, when the colour is right, everything comes into consideration. Art pops, interesting architectural details are highlighted and play is created.

This ideabook is about using dark colours. I’m talking about navy, dark chocolate, black, charcoal — all of colours we generally shy away from because we are not certain how to use these appropriately. Here are 9 ways you can use these abundant paint choices to great effect in your next interior design project.

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1. Decide on the ideal room. Darker colors instantly make a room feel much more intimate and cozy. For many rooms, like a living room, bedroom or large living space, this can be the desired result. The deep charcoal grey on these partitions set the mood for a perfect gathering spot for an evening with friends around the piano, or having cocktails and fantastic conversations.

Attempt Sherwin Williams Peppercorn (SW7674) for a profound gray-brown tone.

Ragan Corliss

The plan of this master bedroom creates a cocoon-like atmosphere. Chocolate brown walls paired with crisp white linens and warm wood tones make a comfortable, relaxing space.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

2. Create contrast. The heavy reddish-brown tones on the upper portion of these walls are offset by the white wainscoting along with the snowy wood ceiling. There’s no better way to greet your guests than with a space full of comfort, a little play and all the comforts.

Erica Islas / EMI Interior Design, Inc..

3. Use a dark wall shade to highlight the other design elements in the room. With almost any other colour on these walls, the magnificent cabinetry and marble countertops would look washed out. By pairing these design components with a deep freezer, every component gets a opportunity to be noticed and valued.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

4. Use wall colour to make an art gallery. The palette in this magnificent hallway is easy: white and profound gray-brown. The wall color acts as a perfect backdrop for several of the white design components. Simple white image frames, white console and also a”porcupine quill” mirror all stand out superbly.

Elizabeth Gordon

5. Think about a deep neutral tone to highlight vivid colours. Some may say employing a deep brown at a nursery is mad. I beg to differ. The particular tone of brown is also a perfect backdrop for several of the colorful toys, artwork and furniture that makes this room a perfect space for your infant. And it’s neutral enough you could decorate for either a boy or a girl — just picture brown and pink, a classic color combination.

Benjamin Moore’s Riding Boots (CSP-300, from their full-spectrum colours ) makes for a great deep brown.

Kayron Brewer, CKD, CBD / Studio K B

6. Use dark tones to highlight architectural features. This well-appointed vintage powder room is actually about the contrast between the walls painted in Devine Paints’ Truffle walls and white architectural components: window trim, crown molding, shutters. Due to the contrast, we actually notice the cute little window, which I presume is the real star of this bathroom.

Jason Ball Interiors, LLC

7. Consider your lighting plan. Whatever the room, thinking through the light plan upfront, especially if you’re remodeling, allows flexibility in having a darker tone on the walls. In this master bedroom redesign , we made a complete lighting system dependent on the ultimate place of their clients’ art. By spreading the light round the room, instead of simply having a central ceiling fixture and few nightstand lamps, we were able to use a more dramatic shade on the walls.

We utilized Woodstock Tan (HC-20) from Benjamin Moore’s Ancient Colors collection inside this bedroom remodel.


8. Use a darker colour to specify the function of a space. In this grand master bathroom, the tub area is known as out with a deep brown tone, setting off the white tub well.

Space Harmony

9. One dark wall may be all that is needed. There is something about this room that is incredibly special. It’s easy, clean and uncluttered. The charcoal grey wall is utilized to good effect, helping make the space look a little larger. This type of treatment is a good starting place if you are reluctant to paint all the walls a dark shade.

Tell us: Which dark paint attracts your eye?

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