Traditionally, we have been told to avoid dark colours at all costs when decorating a room. Well, times have changed – a space doesn’t have to be gloomy and depressing just because it’s painted in a navy blue or a deep rich purple. Yes, lighting is important, and of course we know just how effective bright colours can be at bringing a room to life, but there are many other ways to create an interesting and appealing space. These dark and moody interiors prove that you don’t have to be afraid of the dark any more.
There are various dark colours you can opt for, but if you’re brave enough then you might want to forget the other shades and go straight for black. In this room, the walls, floor, and ceiling are all black – a gutsy interior design move that works because of the natural light pouring into the space – which manages to lighten the dark walls – and the lighter – though by no means bright – furnishings that offer some contrast.
A Colour Experiment
Decorating a space in an unusual colour scheme offers the perfect opportunity to experiment with different styles, textures, and room configurations. The room above is dark, no doubt about it, but has been created with such artistic flare you really can’t help being drawn to it.
Dark doesn’t have to mean sombre. There can be just as much interest and life in a room decorated in darker tones as one that is brightly coloured. Take the example above – it demonstrates how dark shades, such as deep rich purples, can make for a wonderfully mysterious and alluring space.
For a space with more of a dusky appearance, consider charcoal grey. Many avoid it for fear of giving their home a depressing feel, but it’s actually an extremely elegant colour and an ideal choice if you are not ready to go very dark just yet.
Gothic Design Styles
If you’re a lover of all things gothic, and you’re considering it as an interior design choice for your home, then dark shades will be an absolute must. This gothic-style bathroom, with it’s intense purple colour scheme and minimal lighting, is atmospheric and delightfully decadent.
A Dark Mix
Dark floors, black walls, grey throw pillows, and a royal blue sofa just to add a touch of luxury to the scene. You might think that such a combination of colours would result in a flavouress space, but, as you can see, this is simply not the case. The colours actually enhance one another, and the gold floor lamp makes a nice point of contrast.
Leaving the Colour Out
Moroccan-inspired interiors are normally resplendent with the vibrant colours and furnishings so familiar to the country. However, as can be seen in the example above, a room’s design is about much more than its colour scheme. Even without the usual colourful decor, the space remains dramatic and exquisitely presented.