Interior Tips: 8 Wonderful Ways You Can Use Dark Paint at Home


It’s time to rethink your white walls! Nowadays, interior paints are becoming more available in plenty of colours unlike before. So, maybe it’s time that you consider using the entire spectrum when painting your home. Dark colours may be terrifying to some homeowners, but they can wonderfully add drama and personality to your space.

As a matter of fact, if you have a hugely spacious and dull room, you can rule in the space, with dim bold tones for the walls, and an even darker ceiling which provides your interiors with a “homier” feel. Here are some ways to use dark colours that can update your space in a major way: 

1. Determine the space you have 

Before deciding to paint your interiors with dark colours, it’s important to consider the size and shape of your room when decorating it. See the amount of natural daylight in the room and from that, you can decide on the mood you may want to have in the space. 

Prior to the painting process, make sure you apply tester areas around the room to check how the colour changes in different lights throughout the day and in various parts of the room. 

2. Play with your existing decor and dark walls 

room with pendant lamps and rectangular dining set

Don’t be hesitant in exploring and playing with your existing decor by painting the walls with dark colours. For instance, you may want to avoid painting the walls with the same light colour that your kitchen cabinets or countertop that you aim for visitors to notice because it will only blend in with your granite or cabinets. 

The trick here is that the walls should be painted with a dark contrasting shade to make your existing decor stand out and make your visitors say “wow” at the kitchen that many want to have. 

3. Take it slowly 

Some people are bold when it comes to using dark colours for their rooms. In fact, making every wall dark can create a statement and produce a feeling of intimacy and homeliness, which is a nice choice in living spaces, bedrooms, or snugs. 

However, if you want to begin with only little portions of the room first to measure the entire look, you may start with a feature wall or painting an alcove using a “not so dark” shade. Aside from that, you can apply your chosen paint to a built-in bookcase for a gentle introduction of colour since books and ornaments will hide it but will allow a hint of colour. 

On the other hand, you can utilize period features in your home like picture rails or dado as labels around which to decorate. When you paint a deep shade underneath the dado rail and a fresh white above will give a striking contrast and not make it too overpowering if you are undecided or want to adjust between light and dark. 

4. Pop some colour using light-coloured furniture 

white and green chairs and table

If you’re scared of weighing down the entire room, the trick here is to use the right furniture. Although it may seem counterintuitive, painting a room with dark shade then placing light-coloured furniture can deceive the eye into thinking that the room is not only spacious but also receives more natural light. The best go-to dark colour you may consider is a deep and true blue shade then partner it with a white velvet dining chair, for instance. 

5. Walls are not your only option 

Creating a real statement for your home is about bringing colour beyond the walls. You can use dark colours for your ceiling, foyer hall, or millwork and even use the same shade. This will also provide your space with a more coherent look and make it appear as if it’s naturally lit with daylight. It’s also beneficial for those who have limited wall space. You can continue having a similar colour on the trim, ceiling, and doors if you want to amplify the boldness. 

6. Paint the ceiling

Just like what we’ve previously mentioned, you can also paint the ceilings. Dark paint can surely transform the fifth wall into a wonderful focal point. Decide on a colour that has a subtle representation of other things and items used in the room. For example, in your family room, you can pick an oxblood red that’s in the background of the rug area which can connect the floor and ceiling together. 

7. Use the room’s natural light 

white and gray floral sofa set

If your room is already small and dark, it’s better that you use and explore dark colours. Consider the room’s natural light. If, for instance, the area is a tucked-away space with little light or no light all, you can place a darker colour there. 

Deep shades can work amazingly in intimate spaces like dens, powder baths, bedrooms since they all have the moody factor. Furthermore, pass-through spaces including hallways, powder rooms, and entryways can also be painted with dark hues. 

8. Have balance 

Remember, you can’t use dark colours for all of the areas in your home. Dark and dramatic walls prefer to be partnered with great contrast. So, when using darker colours, don’t forget to have something that can balance it like placing a bright art, having a lighter ceiling or floor, or putting a mirror.


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