Crossing Over to the Dark Side: How to Use Deep Hues in a Room


Interior designers have many tricks in stylizing homes. Some depend on their personal tastes or their so-called signature styles. At times, their clients dictate what they want to happen and so they just state some inputs along the way. One very powerful technique to create drama in homes, though, is the use of dark colors.

The Hooker Furniture Bedroom Tynecastle King Sleigh Bed is emphasized by the dark-colored walls.

The Black and White Photograph

Are you a huge fan of black and white photographs? Show off your collections. These should look perfectly amazing on a backdrop of dark walls. Just imagine a wall painted with a charcoal-gray color. This will make the white-matted framed picture advance visually. This will then stand out and become an instant focal point.

Your Own Light Show

Have you noticed how much more beautiful the stars are on dark skies? The darker the background, then, the more celestial-like your chandeliers or pendant lighting would become.

Just like that black and white photograph, your lighting will jump out of the dark background. If you have even

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taken the time to invest in the most striking lighting fixtures, then you are sure to captivate the spectators.

Level up the drama by painting your walls a jet black or any dark, rich hue.

Highlight Millwork

Again, it takes dark walls to emphasize lovely millwork. The dark backdrop makes the millwork advance especially when the pieces are painted white.

Do not hesitate to paint your walls with a darker color. You don’t automatically turn your home into Gothic habitat. Dark walls also do not cramp up a space on default. Be afraid of dark colors if you have a tiny home. Other than this, and if you have ample space to spare, then go ahead and experiment with dark colors.

Dark Fabrics with Dark Walls

Who says dark walls cannot feature dark furnishings? Upholstery fabrics do not have to be light-colored in order to stand out in a dark room. What you just need to do is to set the fabric in an even darker backdrop.

Imagine a dark gray settee sitting in a beige room. What do you picture? You would wish for a better backdrop, right?

Now change this vision to black walls. You will find that the gray settee is now more prominent and noticeable.

One Black Piece

You can also focus the black or dark colors on just one piece of furniture. In the kitchen, this could be the refrigerator or your granite countertop. If you’re designing the bedroom, then this is most definitely going to be your bed.

Minimize the occurrence of the same dark color in all other design elements, this way, you are able to emphasize the star of the show which is your dark-colored furniture or appliance.

Alter the Perspective

You can also visually cancel a big unit but this mustn’t always be the case. Another option is to change proportions with the use of darker tones. This can happen when, say, the kitchen island with a marble countertop is emphasized when it has a dark wood stained base to boost.

De-emphasize Structures

If darker hues make objects disappear or recede, then it is also true that structures that do not require attention should be painted with darker colors. Such is the case with columns that are in the middle of an open floor plan.

The walls could be white while the columns are painted a dark wood stain or black.

Hide Appliances

An example of an appliance that may not always be a welcome sight is the television. A surefire way to conceal it in a room is to have it set against a dark wall.

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