Giving your walls, ceilings, doors, or other areas of your house a fresh coat of paint can significantly affect the resale value of your home, not to mention your family’s state of mind. Colours have a calming, stimulating, invigorating, and energizing effect, plus they can positively or negatively impact your mood.
But finding the right colour can be quite daunting. You’re probably contemplating choosing a certain bright shade to bring ample light into the room, but what about the variety of dark colours you’re missing out on?
Here are a few tips to help you transform your home with dark colour schemes:
1. Paint one wall of a small room dark
Some people prefer to use light colours to make their rooms appear bigger, but you can actually use dark colours as a feature of that room to make it look cozy.
To keep the area from looking gloomy, keep three of your walls a bright shade that will compliment your dark accent wall, and add various bright accent colours to the small details of your room.
The dark background will make your wall hangings, pictures, and TV pop. The TV, for instance, will appear cinema-like when set against your dark wall.
2. Use the colours in an unusual way
By using dark colours, you’re already doing something different that most would not usually consider. But beyond that, you can play around with colours in your home, like painting the fireplace bright pink against a deep purple wall, or painting the loo in shades of maroon.
Regardless of how you choose to use your shades, the basic idea is to mix up dark and bright colours in an unusual, but exciting, way.
3. Use dark colours to help pick up accents in the room
If there is a dominant are of your room that is dark in colour, you can repeat the colour to make that space feel more cohesive. For instance, a black bookshelf placed against a white wall looks great, but the space would look even better with other black and white items like floor rugs, lamp shades, or drapes.
Finally, whatever colour scheme you prefer, it is a good idea to put something black or dark in every room. Try a dark vase, picture frame, or lampshade, as dark colours tend to clarify other colours in the room. Also, include some metallic to create the mirror-effect and bounce light around. It could be in appliances, fixtures, candlesticks, or other small items in your rooms.