I’m not going to tell you how to decorate with dark paint, just a simple post embracing the darker shades just because I love them.
I lean towards dark walls in my home, even to the point of painting wall and ceiling the same colour which gives a wonderful cocooning effect, if you have decent windows natural light bounces off the surfaces without making the room feel claustrophobic.
I think its a total myth that dark walls make a room feel small, it has the opposite effect in my house. I’m not suggesting to paint every surface black by any means. A balance of light and shade is good, such as painting an entrance hall in a dark hue revealing a bright living space. It definitely draws the eye.
Some of the best paint brands do exquisite dark tones, Cassandra Ellis new paint range is delicious with names like Bitter Chocolate and Ink. My old favourites Farrow & Ball who I have used extensively throughout my home, the latest dark colour I have used is Blue Black which is deliciously inky. Bauwerk Colour do some wonderfully rich shades with their unique limewash paint also I can’t forget Little Greene and their deep colour choices.
So my advice is if you are thinking about dark paint and are a little reluctant, don’t be; give it a go and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Start small and maybe paint one wall at first but I know once you start you won’t be able to stop. Another thing to remember is it’s only paint; if you really don’t like it then get the brushes out and change it.
If you need a little more inspiration come and follow my dark pinterest board, so many ideas all in one place.