As ‘Greenery’ is Pantone’s colour of 2017, and Dulux launching ‘Denim Drift'as their colour of 2017

 The trend to decorate with darker, fresher and revitalizing shades seems to be continuing, but if that thought feels you full of self-doubt and fear, we are on hand to help!  We all know that the quickest and easiest way to transform a room is to paint it and by painting it dark can really add drama but should we confine dark hues just to large spaces? 


Tip 1 - Dark hues need texture.

When using dark, dramatic colours you need to find the right balance, here the walls have been painted in a dark brown, the balance has been created by adding texture rather than more pattern or colour.

The weathered wood and plush velvets help to add depth and dimension to the room, while the natural carpet and rattan style blinds add just the right amount of texture to lift the scheme, will the crystal light adding the right amount of sparkle!

Tip 2 – Full immerse yourself

Using the same dark colour everywhere rather than just on a feature wall can really elevate a scheme to the next level.  Here the same dark tone has been used on the ceiling, walls and coving, visually embracing the room and really providing a richer canvas for displaying artwork.  The gold frame really pops against the blue.  Dark colours can provide us with a relaxing and restful space, and as such lend themselves to more intimate spaces.  

Tip 3 – Play with accessories

Dark colours are a great back ground for colour, don’t be afraid to add pops of colour to a dark scheme.  A clean, modern palette can add real drama just with a bright accent colour.  Here brightly coloured ascents and furniture have made a fun modern scheme. 

Tip 4 – Slowly, slowly

If you love dark colours but still don’t feel ready to use them on all your walls, why not highlight your woodwork and ceilings in a dark shade and then use a light neutral on the walls instead.  This is a great example of how to do this, and is certainly a great entrance!

Check out our fabulous wallpapers or home accessories to find your perfect partner to your new dark scheme.