Paint it Black – Using dark paint colours to make a statement

It’s no secret that beige and grey have been the most prominent wall colours the last few years. Perhaps you’re looking for a change, or you’re looking to incorporate another colour into your home. Painting is one of the easiest ways to give a room a makeover and sophistication.

This week, we want to discuss a growing trend that we love – dark walls. We’re talking black, charcoals greys, dark greens and blues. Dark paint is not new, but we are seeing increasing numbers of our favourite designers opting for dark paint colours, and for a good reason. Rich, dark tones add depth and warmth to any room. Painting your bedroom a dark colour does not mean it will be dark and dreary. Take, for instance, this cozy master bedroom painted black:

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Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/master-bedroom-decorating-trends-fall-2015-224805

Rich colours can immediately pull a room together and tie together different styles of furniture and decor.  Create a beautiful backdrop for showcasing your art and furniture, or your books:

Source:http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/designer-secrets-making-dark-paint-colors-work-236774

Source:http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/designer-secrets-making-dark-paint-colors-work-236774

It’s time to dismiss that age-old myth about dark colours making spaces seem smaller. Dark walls can actually make a room seem more spacious. These dark hues are such a bold and deliberate choice they are an easy way to make a statement in a small room, such as this gorgeous bathroom:

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Source: http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/color/advice/g1462/dark-dramatic-decorating-ideas/?slide=10

Besides its ability to add drama to any room, we love dark paint’s ability to function as a sort of neutral as well. Black walls can be just as minimal as white, beige and grey. Perhaps you already have a room decorated in neutrals or you have accessorized with a particular colour scheme. Try adding a dark hue to your walls for a modern update. You’ll find that your neutral furniture will pair well with a dark colour, and that it can add a modern twist to any room.

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Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-designers-no-fail-secrets-to-one-of-the-most-powerful-color-palettes-235167

Many people are hesitant to opt for dark paint colours. This is completely understandable – they can be an intimidating design choice to make work. We recommend using a matte finish to create a sophisticated and welcoming look. We also recommend using large swatches or testing large patches of paint in your home before deciding on a colour. This will help you to see what the colour looks like with your room’s lighting before you commit.

If painting your whole room a dark colour still seems like too much of a commitment, we recommend a statement wall. Adding a dark tone to one wall can easily create a bold and beautiful statement, just like in this living room:

Source: http://cupofjo.com/2016/04/alice-gao-new-york-city-apartment-tour/

Source: http://cupofjo.com/2016/04/alice-gao-new-york-city-apartment-tour/

We think dark paint colours are here to stay and we love them. If you’re wondering what to pair with your newly painted room, stop in to see us. We would love to see your decorating projects. Happy painting!

 

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