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Exploring The Dark Side: How To Use Dark Colours Effectively In Interior Design

Do not be afraid of the dark—when you design your interior that is! As an interior designer, you have a massive spectrum of colours available to you in between black and white. If you play it safe and stick with only the light colours in your designs, you are missing out on some of the most beautiful colours that can bring character, intrigue, and depth to your design. However, it is important to note that with a greater amount of colour choice, comes a greater responsibility to utilize them well! While you often cannot easily go wrong with light colours on the walls and your furnishing, using dark colours can make a space feel gloomy and claustrophobic if you do not use them right.

Here are some tips to including dark colours in your interior design colour palette.

 

1. 50 Shades of Gray (Not THAT kind!)

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Just like light colours, dark hues come in many shades. For instance, if your preferred dark colour is gray, using several shades of it will help add more dimension to a room, without making it seem flat and uninspiring. You can also change the energy of a certain colour by changing the texture of the surface that it is in. A dark-gray colour on a matte or weathered surface gives completely different energy than the same colour on a glossy surface. A good rule of thumb when you are using dark tones in your design is to stick to one colour and use different shades of that colour to create beautiful contrast and balance.

 

2. Accent It Up

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One of the most effective ways to eliminate the gloomy ambiance that dark colours may bring to a room is to use it as an accent rather than committing to it entirely. This is also a great way to transition your design taste to include more dark colours. Start with an accent wall with your favorite dark colour, and leave the rest of the walls light. Introduce one or two dark furnishings until you find the perfect balance between light and dark. If you go into nature, you can see how beautifully dark colours can add happy energy into any space. Accent your interior with natural dark colours such as forest green or the deep grey colour of a stone, so you know they naturally complement other colours.

 

3. Add Plants

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Used a dark colour in your design and it is creating a darker ambiance than you would like? Indoor plants to the rescue! Plants can inject life and positive energy into any room, no matter which colour you have used to decorate it. They also add an unmatched sense of serenity and peace to your room, to balance out the edgy and emo vibes that a dominantly dark colour would bring. Plant pots with a metallic or similar sheen also look stunning on a dark background, complementing the varied verdant colours plants add to a room.

 

4. Let there be light!

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The proper balance of light and dark is one of the most essential elements in interior design. When you use light colours as your base, it is easy to utilize the natural light due to the reflective properties of light colours. In order for an interior to be functional, it is essential that there is enough light. Therefore, when you are daring enough to go for the dark base, you may have to use artificial and decorative lighting to add sufficient brightness to a room. Thankfully, there is a large variety of lighting fixtures and options out there for you to choose from. Use them liberally, and create that dark yet whimsical space you always wanted.

 

5. Break it up

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Using a dark tone as your dominant colour can leave a space feeling unfinished at times due to the monotony. That is when you need to break it up! This can be easily done with decorative items that come in contrasting colours and textures. Mirrors with metallic and ornate frames do a great job when you have to break up a dark solid colour wall. Mirrors also help with reflecting light and adding more brightness to the room. You can use furniture, wall art, shelving, photo frames, plants, and more to break up the monotony of a dark colour and complete the space.

 

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