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5 reasons to use dark wall shades in your living room
We debunk some popular color myths and explain why you should consider going over to the dark side of the color chart.
1. Make a room feel larger
It’s only natural to reach for white when you’re trying to make a small, dark space feel larger. We’re conditioned to believe that darker colors will make a room feel more enclosed. But some darker shades – such as muted teals, charcoal greys and warm browns can actually add a sense of depth to your space.
E2.04.21 / 91YR 08/025
U0.10.20 / 46BB 08/059
Painting woodwork, such as skirting boards, doors and window frames, in a darker hue is another clever way to create the illusion of space in your home. For best results, use satin paint and take a look at our simple steps to get your woodwork looking wonderful.
2. Create a cozy scheme
Choosing a darker color scheme is a great way to make a room feel instantly cozier and more intimate. Consider using rich reds and intense teals. These deep shades tend to pull walls closer towards you and will instantly make a large room feel warmer.
C6.53.33 / 30YR 13/471
Q9.29.29 / 50BG 11/123
3. Make space with an optical illusion
Create a focal point with color blocking, this can also be done with dark, warm colors. Pair with wooden accessories and a mix of vintage 50-ies furniture to complete this stylish look.
If you do decide to embrace darker walls, choose accessories that will pop against the more subdued shades.
C3.46.30 / 21YR 13/383
S0.10.50 / 87BG 27/077
F2.40.50 / 24YY 28/384
4. Add a sense of drama
A dark, bold color scheme will immediately add drama and flair to your home. A powerful dark green with accent pieces of luxurious wood and plants will wow visitors.
If you’re unsure where to start, download our Visualizer app to your smartphone or tablet to help you make a decision.
Simply hold the Visualizer app up to the wall you want to paint, choose a color from the Dulux palette and tap to see immediately how your room will look. It’s as easy as that!
M1.20.20 / 30GG 06/113
L0.04.65 / 90GY 46/056
G4.06.72 / 64YY 57/084
5. Choose for easy to combine, go for tone-in-tone
Creating a dark tone-in-tone color scheme is easy and creates a simple yet embracing atmosphere. Take inspiration from nature. Consider using rich teals and mossy greens. Use those colors on your walls and simply enjoy.
P0.10.40 / 78GG 19/078
J8.19.33 / 50GY 13/136
J5.03.71 / 45GY 55/052