Some may shy away from using a darker colour palette for the home in fear that it will make the space seem cold and gloomy. However when used correctly, beautiful bold hues of forest green, midnight blue and deep charcoal can transform a space into something sophisticated and intimate. There’s never been a better time to take a leap of faith with this dramatic look as the trend is set to illuminate the interiors world for 2016.
Dark colours, including black, can be truly stunning when used together on walls, floors and furniture. It is often tempting to open up a smaller space with a neutral scheme however deep shades of grey, indigo or plum can work really well in any space. These shades are the perfect choice for bringing drama and atmosphere to a room, or creating a welcoming and serene cocoon to relax in.
To avoid overwhelming the space, accessorise with bright or gold accessories which will provide a contrast against the dark backdrop. With metallic hues being so on-trend this year, it really is a match made in style heaven. Incorporate mirrored glass to make the space more reflective and use low lights and lamps to bring brightness. We love this brass Wilfred Floor Lamp from John Lewis which would work perfectly as part of the scheme.
If you want to experiment with darks, but are nervous to fully commit, try painting one wall or alcove. Alternatively, introduce the palette through your choice of furniture and fabrics in the room. Lush fabrics such as velvets will bring glamour and opulence. Our favourite shades for this look include Matt Velvet Indigo, Emerald and Teal which look fabulous on a large sofa like The Sixty Six and will add depth to your interior.
If you’re after something more moody and mysterious, recreate the look with a minimalist twist. Keep things simple and make key pieces of furniture your focal point. For a small space, we love The Fifty Three small sofa which looks smart and stylish in Festival Rust fabric.
Finishing touches? Display items you’ve collected on your travels or shop around to find unique objects that will make your space a little different to everybody elses. These cool Mercato Coasters from Anthropologie come in midnight blue or bright turquoise – stunning colours that will add charm and intrigue.
If you’ve been tempted to step onto the dark side, head over to our Pinterest page for more inspiration on this trend.