Although the “bathed in white” aesthetic (as I like to call it) is still going strong, I have also noticed an emerging trend in quite the opposite direction. Rooms that envelop you with strong, deep, dark colors are providing a visual antidote to all the white-walled light-and-brightness. Yes, even black! I can almost hear painters across America saying in unison, “Are you sure this is the color you want?” (by the way, I get that a lot, and I think you know what the answer is, every time 🙂 ).
Let’s take a moment to pay tribute to some fabulous rooms featuring those moody hues…
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When do I like to use a dark paint color or wallcovering? In small spaces like powder rooms or small sitting rooms, spaces that lack adequate natural light anyway, or anywhere you want a dramatic look (libraries, dining rooms!).
And what’s the trick to getting the moody look just right? Here are a few quick tips:
- Paint the trim the same color as the walls. Nothing kills the mood like bright white baseboards and window casings
- Paint the ceiling the same color as the walls and trim for the fully enveloping effect. It sounds overwhelming, but I think it’s actually way more harsh to see a big point of contrast at the ceiling line. You could also use another color in the room’s palette for the ceiling – just tweak it, if necessary, to come a little closer to the intensity of the wall color
- Weave in midtone shades of the wall color into the furnishings, while incorporating splashes of color, and be generous with the shiny metallic finishes!
- Texture, texture, texture!
- Incorporate showstopping decorative lighting (see also #3!)
What do you think of a room drenched in dramatic, moody hues? I might just have one up my sleeve for the One Room Challenge!