Though I have fresh, bright spring colors on my mind, I want to highlight one of my favorite moody trends before I’m knee deep in all things bright and white.
I’m guilty of following the crowd and painting most walls in my home white or light gray. There’s much to be said for a crisp, white wall. White is popular for many good reasons, but let’s not forget about the other end of the spectrum. For as many reasons as there are to paint a wall white, there are just as many reasons to go bold. If you’re feeling scared to pull the trigger on these dark hues, let me try to convince you.
Exposes High Contrast
When you have a house with a white/neutral color pallet, painting a room a dark color can provide amazing contrast to the overall feel of your house. It will break up the space and ease your eye from the otherwise bright, white walls surrounding it. Also, a dark wall color will highlight décor such as white bedding, furniture, trim, and floors.
Paint Color – Clark and Kensington Little Black Dress
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Salamander
With our kitchen and living area being light gray, I felt that our office needed more of a bold color to break things up. Painting the upper part of the walls dark blue, it breaks up our open space and adds interest and boldness, which is felt throughout the rest of the house.
Highlights Other Colors and Textures in Your Space
Bold walls make other colors pop in a room. By adding a bright sofa or chairs, colorful painting, or a vibrant rug, a dark wall color will highlight those pieces instead of taking away from them. A dark gray or black paint will be your best choice if you’re looking to highlight pops of color because gray and black are the most neutral colors unlike green and blue. It’s like your mother always told you, black goes with anything!
Makes Small Spaces Appear Larger
This sounds backwards and like such a lie, but I promise that a dark wall color can make a small space appear larger. It’s not a scientific study, but a psychological one that debunks the myth that you must paint a wall a light color to make it feel bigger. This article quickly explains the study as to why dark walls make a small space feel larger. To summarize, dark objects appear farther away than light objects to the human eye; therefore, dark walls in a small space appear farther away from you making the room appear more spacious.
It’s common to see dark walls in powder rooms and small bathrooms. The dark hues will expand the small walls making the space feel cozy yet more spacious.
The same theory holds true for small offices, dining rooms, and living rooms.
Creates Cozy, Inviting Spaces
When I think of a cozy nook or comfortable, inviting room, my mind often goes to more moody colors. Just think about being cozied up on a rainy day, reading a book, and sipping on your third cup of coffee. Do you image the walls being white, bright yellow, or light blue? Or do you image a forest green, dark neutral blue, or warm charcoal? Dark walls can be cozy and inviting in many spaces like an office, bedroom, or reading nook, and I’m all about that cozy life!
Paint Color Picks When Going Bold
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If you want even more moody interior inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board dedicated solely to this dark hue movement.
So have I convinced you to go bold?
It can just be an accent wall, small corner, or a powder room, but I encourage you to not miss an opportunity to add a bold color to your home. After all, it’s just paint.