High ceilings, beautiful architectural details, expansive windows, glorious ocean views, bright, airy interiors… sounds like a dream home, doesn’t it? Sadly, for most of us, that is exactly what it is… a dream: few people are blessed with such spectacular properties.
But that doesn’t mean we have to accept homes that are dull and boring. When views and architecture are suboptimal, that is when interior design really comes into its own.
Not a billionaire? what are us mere mortals to do?
Well, when it comes to small, featureless rooms, the old fashion adage, “black hides a multitude of sins,” applies to interiors just as it does to fashion. Rooms lacking architectural interest, especially compact ones — like powder rooms — can be transformed by a dark hue.
Decorating with dark colours may seem intimidating but don’t underestimate the power of the dark side. Deep wall colours can add a hefty dose of glamour to a room, making all the other elements in the scheme shine brightly against the dark backdrop.
Black, charcoal greys, chocolate browns, inky blues and, all add impact in a way a neutral or pastel never could.
A windowless, low-ceilinged space is never going to look open and airy, so don’t try to force it. Instead, turn its darkness to your advantage, using moody colours to invoke a cosy, intimate atmosphere.
Layering and mixing different dark hues and shades will add depth to a design, creating a sexy, intimate mood.
In this elegant dining room, the dark wall colour provides an elegant backdrop, that allows the metallics to pop just like jewellery in a black velvet lined box.
Who needs natural light, when the kitchen is this gorgeous?
What can be more comforting than a rich hot chocolate with whipped cream and caramel sauce?
Dark tones can invoke a sense of comfort that calms and soothes. Here, chocolate brown makes this a truly inviting sleeping environment, providing a perfect base for soft camel and creams.
Still afraid of the dark?
The big misconception about decorating with dark colours is they can make a small room feel smaller and “cave-like”, On the contrary, when you use dark colours on walls, the effect is that the walls absorb light, making the dark colour appear to recede – this effect can actually make a space look bigger. Yes, that is right. Using a dark colour in a small room can actually make the room look larger! So whether you are looking to inject glamour, drama or create a soothing space, be adventurous and embrace the power of the dark side.