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Summer or winter, dark interiors are the perfect way to set a moody and relaxing ambience in your home. While it might seem counteractive and illogical to paint your home in deep hues of blue, green and black, especially in these darker days, sensual and inky colours actually have the ability to create more drama and depth. Don’t be fooled into thinking that bright is always right in a lowly-lit room – at times these colours can actually look dull and don’t give the desired, brightening effect. At AUTHOR we love to make a statement with deep shades such as indigo and stormy greys and many of our collections are focused around this theme. Here’s some tips on how you can pull off a dark interior in your design scheme as well as some inspiration to boot.
1. Pay attention to lighting
One of the most important things you need to consider if painting a room in a dark colour is a considered lighting scheme that brings out all the best aspects of the room in question. Blue, black and grey paint colours are a great remedy for rooms that don’t receive much natural daylight but you do need to light them well to avoid them becoming black holes. Dark interiors combined with soft lighting from a floor lamp or accent lighting will create an enveloping atmosphere in a bedroom or a cocooning feeling in a living room.
Get the look: Motu Lamp
2. Incorporate pattern
One of the easiest ways to offset a dark interior is with pattern. Drown your walls and floors with deep navy blues, smoky greys contrasted with earthy tones such as green and orange. This might seem like too much for you at first but we promise that a well-designed fabric window treatment, statement wallpaper or premium handcrafted rug will completely change the dynamic of your space.
Get the look: Henry Velvet Cushion
3. Try pops of colour
Moody doesn’t have to mean sombre and gloomy, and it doesn’t mean that you need to be afraid of colour either. Feel free to embrace the dark tones in some aspects of your design while also adding in pops of colour throughout via cushions and artwork. In fact, a darker paint colour acts as a great backdrop to brighter hues so you can really make these accessories stand out from the crowd. If you’re feeling really brave you could even contrast a darker paint job with a colourful ceiling or carpet.
Get the look: Terracotta Alpaca Throw
While we understand that you might be looking to embrace the dark side completely, there are clever ways in which you can bounce light around the room. Large mirrors will reflect natural light and make the space appear bigger. Think about adding in decorative metallic pieces such as our range of metallic sculptures or by opting for a show-stopping piece such as the Shine Chandelier. Keep finishes sleek to allow the highlights to emphasise the room’s depth and prevent the space from becoming too heavy.
Get the look: Bronze Pear
5. Think about texture
Use the lack of light to your advantage and play with textures instead. Dark painted floors and wooden furniture will add depth to a room, but the contrast of soft linens, sumptuous velvets and handmade ceramic pots in tonal colours will really make your interior feel cosy and welcoming.
Get the look: Spiky Table by Max McCance
Still looking for tips to help style your home? The AUTHOR team is here to advise on any aspects of design and furnishing. If you would like any further advice or interior design tips on how to make the most of your interior space, please do get in touch.