Sometimes a whitewashed wall and some simple accessories just don’t quite fit the bill. Pushing the boat out and picking a colour that packs a bit more of a punch can be just what your home needs to feel a bit cosier with an influx of personality. Darker walls may, at first seem a little scary, but with the right tips and accessories, you can make the look work for your home no matter what size space you have to work with. So, whether you own your home outright, you’re taking advantage of shared ownership in Islington or you are still renting, you can give your abode that extra touch of homeliness and incorporate your own personality into your interior by picking the colours you really want to play with.
Pick the right walls
Choosing dark colours, whether you’re going for grey, blue or black can be a little scary, especially if you have a smaller room to work with. However, being clever with the walls you paint will help you elongate your walls, focus the light of your room and accentuate the best bits. You can do this simply by choosing the longest walls to paint a darker colour, that way you exaggerate the length of the room and can decorate in a way that makes the most of your room. You can also create the illusion of a bigger room by keeping the ceiling and floor a lighter colour which will give the impression of increased height and create contrast in your space.
Brighten up with accessories
One of the best things about choosing moodier colours for your walls is that you can decorate with brighter pieces and really go to town when it comes with the range a style. From bright yellow cushions to a vibrant feature art piece, a darker background will bring forward all the accents of your home and give them the attention they deserve. Metallics will also give your room a tweak of luxury and an edginess to compliment the deeper shades. A copper rimmed mirror or a selection of brass candle holders on the coffee table will give your room an extra dimension that creates creative depth and an element of eye-catching detail.
Reflect the light
Light is absorbed by darker colours so ensuring the light reaches the far corners of a room is vitally important in making your room feel bright and open. A good way to do this is simply by using mirrors. Pointing the mirrors strategically in order to send the light reflecting into darker spaces can make a big difference to the feel of a room. Whether you have just moved into a spacious city apartment with twinkling views of the metropolis or you’re looking for shared ownership in Brighton overlooking the sea, sending the natural light cascading through your home will reveal the tones of your darker walls and help you pick out hues to bring forward in other furniture and accessories.
Create a golden glow
A key benefit to painting with darker colours is that you can make a room feel cosier and closer together through the low lights and soft radiance created by deeper tones. By choosing orange lights and warmer glow you can decorate a room with flecks of fuzzy twinkles that will give your home character and a quaint quirkiness. By using some authentic hanging bulbs or draping small fairy lights over the mantelpiece you can bring your room to life and send the soft glimmers throughout your space.
So, whether you’re renovating a big Georgian home, you’re just moving into shared ownership in Surrey or you’re a first-time buyer in London looking to bring a touch of pizzazz to a city apartment, darker shades can create an interesting and multidimensional interior. Be brave and get inspired, life is too short for eggshell and Magnolia when you can go for electric indigo in the spare bedroom.
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