I have almost finished re-painting my living room. I wanted to create a really warm, cosy feel so I wanted to choose a darker shade which would go well with the sofas, one of which is dark red and the other is brown leather. I decided on jade, with off-white above the picture rail and on the ceiling. The walls used to be cream with the mouldings picked out in green, and the change really is dramatic. I wish I had taken “before” photos so that I could show how successfully colour can change the atmosphere of a room- “after” pictures to come soon. Everything else in the room is the same, yet is feels completely different so it definitely is a case of small changes making a big impact.
Very dark colours – grey, black, deep blues and browns can look stylish in magazine shoots but I wonder how many people would actually consider using these in their homes. Although I love using colours in interiors, I think it is difficult to live in a space that is very dark. I think most people, though they may love the drama and atmosphere initially, may soon tire of the look. Then there is the issue of how do you create “flow” throughout the space, without making the surrounding rooms similarly dark.
Here are some rooms that would be easy to live in, others not so.
Dark colours are particularly suited for bedrooms, where they create a cosy “cocoon” feel, conducive to relaxing and sleep.
This room reminds me of a Vermeer painting with the dark panelling, paintings and simple iron bed. It looks chic but not particularly cosy- this look is perhaps best suited to a boutique B&B. I can imagine it in a restored Georgian house in Spitalfields!
So what do you think? Would you go for a moody look for Autumn, play safe with neutrals, or use clean bright colours in your interior?
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