Trend: Dark Moody Colors

While pale and interesting will always be a go-to interior look, the other end of the spectrum has now gone mainstream. Deep moody shades in every room of the home is a huge trend, gaining momentum over the last few years and securing its popularity thanks to designers like Abigail Ahern who popularised this look with her legion of fans.

Red and grey bedroom ideas

Original Rustic queen bed / St Ives dresser / St Ives nightstand

It started with the odd feature wall but slowly, we’ve seen entire rooms enveloped in cozy inky hues, natural textures comfortable against their moody backdrops, pops of bright colors engaging the senses and metallic’s gleaming like stars against a night sky.

Will My Room Feel Smaller?

Dark bedroom inspiration with oak furniture.

Galway queen bed / Galway armoire / Kemble nightstand / Kemble lingerie chest

The main concern most people have before committing to a dark color is that it will make the resulting space feel a lot smaller. While this may be the case in some instances, you’ll find that the edges of the room, encased in that darkness, become inconspicuous and therefore tend to recede. It’s less of a feeling of claustrophobia and more one of cosiness and intimacy.

Start with a Feature Wall

Purple green and copper bedroom decor

Bevel queen bed / Tokyo nightstand

Nervous about going to the dark side? The easiest way to see if darker colors are for you is to start simply with a feature wall in one deep hue. This will allow you to get a feel for the look and understand how color and texture play a role in creating a successful space.

Wooden Bedroom Furniture with dark bedding

Mantis Light queen bed

For Oak Furnitureland customer, @sofi.hole on Instagram, a dark wall offset her headboard perfectly, creating a cozy space that’s just begging for relaxation.

The Secret to Using Dark Colors Successfully

dark grey bedroom inspiration

Galway queen bed / Kemble nightstand

Whether you choose a deep slate gray, a rich burgundy or an enveloping midnight blue, the success normally lies not in the paint color you choose but what goes against this velvety backdrop.

Whatever it is you place against it will draw the eye and so you best make whatever it is worthy of that attention. Objects and furnishings pop against darker backgrounds, more than they will a white wall, and colors appear bolder and brighter.

Why Texture is So Important

Grey Painted Office Desk and Stool

Kemble desk / Square stool

In a room full of warm neutrals, be sure to bring in plenty of texture to keep things from looking too flat and instead, creating a cozy and welcoming vibe. From woven wall hangings to knitted throws, hand-thrown ceramics to sleek polished surfaces, having multiple pieces in contrasting textures will add layers and interest to your space.

How to Light Up a Dark Moody Room

White painted living room furniture

Arlette coffee table / Arlette console table / Arlette bookcase

Aside from texture, lighting in a dark room plays a prominent role as well. Pockets of light in various areas of the room will create additional interest and allow you to play with the mood of the space. While your overhead lighting will play a role, consider adding other options by way of table and floor lamps as well as wall sconces which can illuminate various areas of the room that you want to draw attention to.

Finish off the space with a spattering of reflective metallic’s as well, from brass and gold to sleek copper and sparkling chrome in your lighting, hardware or accessories.

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