You may notice that Interior design trends nowadays are characterized by deep, rich hues ranging from black to greys, earthy and dusty colours. When it comes to bold and dark paints, there are so many to choose from, not just only black. Before painting your walls dark, try looking at swatches and observe how these dark colours differ from each other when light hits them. Pick a colour that will become a statement and commit to this trend! For those looking to embrace the dark walls trend, here’s some Interior Design Tips on Dark Walls.
Gloss, Matt or Satin?
To start with a practical note, you might think that by painting walls with dark colors, you’re covering up your slightly off-camber plastering job, hiding any dirty fingerprints, or disg.
The trick here is to select your paint finish wisely. The gloss gives you the highest shine and reflects more, so if you’re worried about natural light, this is a better choice. However, its high reflective properties also mean you’ll see all those little imperfections in your walls. Matte, on the other hand, has no shine and absorbs any natural light that reaches it, but on the other hand, it helps to conceal those DIY blunders.
Mustard yellows, blush pinks, dusty blues; colours that are vibrant enough to become accent, but not too bright. Keep it subdued with pastel shades that match your chosen wall colour. If you want to add an accent colour, just stick to 1. Too many are undermining the look that you are trying to achieve.
On the other hand, greens work beautifully, particularly because you can do this easily by using plants and foliage.
Alcoves, chimney breasts and other elements can be a perfect way to add a splash of colour. If you’re looking for something light or dark, painting around existing features can be a perfect way to inject a little.
Do not forget metals when choosing accent colour. Copper, brass, gold, chrome or any of the above are a match made in the sky against a dark background. And, as with the above, help breaks the gloom of your dark walls!
Select the Right Lighting
Black absorbs most light, so if you are painting your walls black, make sure you pay attention to artificial lighting. If there isn’t enough light in a dark room, it can feel confining and boxy, not inviting.
Here are some tips:
- If the space is tiny and only has one window, make the most of it. Consider leaning a larger floor mirror against the window or hanging one on the opposite wall. This will help to open up the room and provide more natural light throughout the day.
- Often use appropriate lighting when painting a room black. Higher-wattage overhead lights, wall lights, and floor lamps are examples of this. A smart tip is to keep your lights on dimmers during the day so you can set the right mood. Although you may prefer a brighter environment during the day, you may prefer a more relaxed atmosphere at night.
- Use an overhead light or sconces with plenty of wattages if the space is small and doesn’t have windows (think a powder room or guest bath).
One of the tips on dark walls is to consider contrast. Dark Walls and light floors? Two elements work well together: a white floor prevents a black-walled space from looking too drab, and black walls prevent a white floor from feeling too sterile. Having this colour scheme will make it more contemporary looking.