Decorating Ideas With Dark Colors – Energizing And Full Of Life
Dark rooms When done right, can be energizing and full of life
There’s an assumption out there that rooms decorated in dark colors are gloomy and depressing. Some people even say that dark rooms feel small and claustrophobic. But nothing could be further from the truth. When dark palettes are executed properly they are cozy, dramatic and full of life.
Here are seven tips for decorating with dark colors.
Use Dark Colors to Unify a Room
Dark colors can be great for tying together elements from different eras, making it great for those who are fans of eclectic decorating. Dark walls, window treatments, and furniture have a way of uniting disparate elements and creating a cohesive look.
Use Dark Colors in Rooms of Any Size
Despite what many people believe, dark colors are not a bad idea for small rooms. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Dark colors can be dramatic, thus giving a small room a much bigger presence than it might otherwise have. (usually it is recommended to choose light colors for small rooms that want to look bigger, but if you love dark colors don’t rule them out.) Dark palettes are also great for large rooms as they can help warm them up and make them feel cozier. There’s no need for deep hues to be confined to rooms of any particular size.
Create Contrast and Balance
In dark rooms, it is very important to create contrast as well as a sense of balance. A mix of materials is essential – use different textures in your fabrics as well as your hard surfaces. Some items should pop against a dark background, so use some light and/or bold colors on occasion and make use of interesting shapes as well.
Use Patterns Sparingly
It’s always great to have some pattern in every room, but in a dark room, it’s good to limit it to only one or two. Dark rooms are inherently dramatic so you don’t want to overdo it. Textures such as wood, metal and rattan, and fabrics such as velvet, linen, and suede will add depth to the space – adding too many patterns will start to make the room look cluttered. However, don’t let that scare you away from using a single bold element such as a zebra-pattern rug on the floor. The number of patterns appropriate for a space will always vary from room to room so trust your eye and your instincts.
Include Architectural Details
Dark rooms can benefit greatly from architectural details such as applied molding on the walls, crown molding and decorative ceiling medallions. These details add interest and depth to rooms that could otherwise become dull.
Use Energizing Darks
When deciding to go dark with a color palette it’s important to make sure to use some crisp, energizing darks. Consider using glossy finishes on trim, ceilings, and architectural details. Washed out colors can be effective in some cases, but too many will give a dark room a dull and gloomy feeling. Keep your dark colors interesting and fresh and mix them with some bold accents.
Choose the Right Room
Any room can benefit from a dark palette, but if you’re unsure or unwilling to go big, try it in a small room. It’s generally agreed upon that the number one room to experiment with color and pattern is the powder room. Not only are powder rooms small, but they are not rooms where people generally spend a lot of time. This makes them perfect for experimenting with bold schemes that could be overwhelming in smaller rooms. Inherently cozy rooms are also great for dark palettes. Libraries, media rooms, and even dining rooms are great.
Decorating with dark colors can certainly be intimidating, but there’s really no need to be scared.
For inspiration and ideas, if you just need a little convincing, check out these stunning photos of dark rooms.
17 Rooms with Moody Color Schemes
No Glitter No Glory – Decorating Ideas
Embrace Moody Decor
We all know how great all-white rooms can be, but it’s time to embrace the dark side. Deep, dark color schemes can give a room weight, depth and a surprisingly calming atmosphere. Whether you try moody blues in the bedroom or mossy greens in your living space, there are countless ways to embrace this year’s big Pinterest trend.
The first step to testing the waters is to keep some of your accents light and airy. In this look from Studio McGee, gorgeous midnight blue walls are kept from overpowering the room when paired with white carpet and a white coffee table. Adding a rich velvet couch completes the look, and makes us yearn to cozy up with a book and a hot cup of tea.
Add Blush Tones
We’ve been into blush decor for a while now, and it’s even more dramatic when paired with a dark black wall—as seen in this stunning bedroom from taracremerdesigns on Instagram. If black walls scare you, we think this soothing bedroom will change your mind. Adding pastels or blushes to a room can lighten up a deep, moody color scheme and make it feel better-rounded. The velvet headboard adds even more texture, and creates a luxurious feel.
Deep Blues and Candlelight
This French-inspired dining room as seen in Mad About the House features everything we love about moody decor and more. The deep blue walls create a sophisticated-yet-vintage atmosphere—and with the addition of soft candlelight, it becomes instantly romantic. With a gorgeous dining space like this, you’ll want to skip the local restaurant and plan a date night at home.
Add Moody Accents
A moody decor scheme doesn’t have to be all-consuming, as evident in this beautiful brick-filled living space from blog Dimples and Tangles. If you aren’t ready to dive headfirst into this trend, painting a large accent (like this built-in) a dark charcoal or black can give you the moody look without a huge makeover.
Moody and Modern
This stylish and chic kitchen from interior designer Annabelle Kutucu proves that even an industrial aesthetic can be moody—we adore this stark black wall and trendy black tile work. Pair a dark kitchen with open shelving and light accessories, like the all-white dishes seen in this room, and your space will feel modern instead of gloomy.
Rich Floral Wallpaper
The moody floral look has been increasing in popularity for a few years now. And by the looks of this bedroom from blogger Anne Sage, it’s easy to see why. Rich, bold wallpaper is a great choice for rooms of all types, because it packs a punch and makes a statement without a lot of effort. This atmospheric pink, white and black option screams elegance and sophistication, even in a minimalist bedroom. When deciding to use bold floral wallpaper, choose rooms with a simple color palette (the bathroom is another great choice) so as not to overwhelm.
Embrace Deep, Dark Floors
How about moody floors! In case you can’t part with your stark white walls. This deep brown herringbone flooring from designer Louise Desrosiers is everything we love about dark color palettes, without giving up your lighter-colored walls. A dark floor paired with a white wall can also make a small room look much more spacious and open, which makes it a perfect choice for small spaces and large ones alike.
Add Some Texture
A rich decor scheme doesn’t have to be flat. This stunning, detailed wallpaper (as seen on Homepolish) has a moody-yet-calming feel with a little bit of flair. Though it’s a rich purple, it looks light and airy when set alongside modern furnishings and gold accents.
Mix Up the Trends
From global, well-traveled decor to trendy Mid-century, sometimes it’s impossible to pick just one style to get behind. And that’s okay, because No Glitter No Glory proves you can mix and match and still make it work. The deep blue walls look perfect paired with woven throw pillows and funky Mid-century mirrors. Throw in a Monstera leaf or a banana leaf plant and you’ll have a funky look that feels just the right amount of eclectic.
Mix in Modern Plants
Decorating with branches and dried berries is a great, low maintenance way to bring the outdoors in. This stunning (yet simple) table setting, as seen on CRD blog, is a great example of how a few simple pops of color can transform dark walls. Mixing moody grays and deep blues with neons lends a bit of visual interest and immediately draws the eye.
Add a Little Whimsy
Though dark, moody colors tend to look instantly chic and sophisticated, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. This wonderfully rich, dark brown room from Beautiful Object reminds us of a grown-up doll house, especially with the addition of these colorful Eames-styled chairs. Adding a bold, bright couch to your moody decor is a great way to spice things up.
Add some atmosphere to your kitchen with a touch of chalkboard paint. This fun kitchen wall from The Design Files is a great way to add a splash of dark paint that’s beautiful and practical. Try this look in a kids’ room, on a pantry door or even the inside of your front door. Pro tip: You can easily DIY your own chalkboard paint.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
One key element in keeping moody decor schemes from feeling heavy or depressing is to embrace the natural light in your home. As seen in this dark green and sunny yellow room from My Scandinavian Home, painting bold, dark walls in rooms with a lot of natural light can help the space to feel larger and more open. Cheerful pops of color like this yellow bedspread are also a great way to accent the look.
Layer Opposite Colors
When done right, layering opposite colors like black and white gives a room elegance and visual interest. This bold black fireplace from shannonclaire on Instagram looks much more refined and modern when paired with stark white candles and flowers. Creating a stunning contrast is a great way to incorporate dark colors into your space.
Red Can Be Moody
Though dark blues, purples and grays are often considered in moody decor schemes, a deep and bold red also does the trick. The red tones seen in this modern bathroom from mpression feel both masculine and spa-like, and are a great way to play with the moody look even if shades of blue aren’t your thing.
Don’t Shy Away From Black
Many of our favorite moody rooms have bright pops of color, but this mostly black room from Around the Houses blog is utterly romantic and sophisticated. Fully embrace the moody look by pairing rich leather furniture with dark walls. The layered accessories in this room feel curated and purposeful.
A Vintage Palette
Dark hues often naturally lend a vintage feel to a space, as seen in this delightfully classic laundry room from buildingwalnutfarm. The hunter green wainscoting in the space gives it a rich and inviting feel (and hey, who doesn’t need an excuse to do laundry?). Painting paneling, trim or wainscoting a rich color is a great way to ease into the moody look and give a room texture.
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