But don't let them stop you from heading to the dark side! They'll soon be converted. We're missing something if we ignore a whole colour spectrum. Dark colours inject personality, they create a warm atmosphere and are the perfect backdrop for furnishings and accessories. Dark colours are beautiful. Take a look below to see why.
Painting a room in a dark colour will make it feel bigger. This is especially true if you embrace it not just on the walls, but also the floors. The dark paint seems to eradicate boundaries, making the whole space feel much larger:
Using a dark hue on your walls means you can pick out architectural features and key pieces of furniture in white or a lighter colour:
If you have a dark, windowless room, play to it's strengths and paint the walls in a dark colour to enhance its snug and relaxing feel:
Dark colours create the perfect back drop to display prints, art, photos, mirrors. They make everything on the wall 'pop':
If you want glamour or opulence, dark is the way to go:
By going dark, you will sit in the room and realise that the walls recede, you end up noticing more what's actually in the room:
One tip though, you really do get what you pay for in terms of quality. If you buy a very cheap paint, there is very little pigment variation, you'll end up with something that looks very flat. If you're going to do dark, do it properly and buy a good quality paint. Yes, they are more expensive, but buy from companies such as Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and Zoffany and you'll see why they are so great.
Don't be afraid of the dark...