The Right Way to Use Dark Paint

Ways to Use Dark Paint


If you’ve picked up an interior design magazine lately, then you know that dark walls are in. Whether it’s black shiplap in the dining room or navy in the bedroom, we’re seeing more and more rooms coated in dark and alluring colors. Benjamin Moore has even announced its color of the year to be a rich amethyst, Shadow 2117-30.


These deep colors make daring and dramatic design statements, but mistakes are easily made when incorporating them into a space. While these shades can feel warm and cozy, they can also have the unwanted effect of making a room feel much smaller. They are also unforgiving when it comes to imperfections—you will be able to see every chip and and lap mark if not done properly. This can make them difficult to touch or paint over later on if you’re going DIY, which is why we always recommend going with a professional painter.


There are many positives to dark walls, however! That’s why we’ve put together a short list of our best tips for working with dark paint. Keep these simple elements in mind during your next redesign:


Pick any room.

Don’t let the size of a room intimidate you. You can use a rich, bold color in nearly any room where you’re willing to experiment. Deep colors can create the illusion of an expansive room by blurring the edges of the walls. Just make sure you use light-colored furniture and linens in order to balance the space.


Use accents.

Accents in lighter and brighter colors will make the room appear larger. The pieces can be painted statement chairs or bright throw pillows on a sofa or bed. These items will redirect attention to the furniture as the forefront, not the dark walls.


Don’t forget the ceiling.
If you are painting walls dark in a room with a low ceiling, paint the trim in the same color as the walls. This will hide the trim and give the illusion of taller ceilings. You can even add a floor-length or statement mirror to make the space feel larger.


Start small.

While these colors can work well in any space, start small. If you’re intimidated by the color, avoid using it in the living room, kitchen, or dining room. Instead, use it in an office or even a walk-in closet.


One of our many interior design services is color selection. Are you ready to begin designing your dream home? Contact us today!

Benjamin Moore

Photo credit: Benjamin Moore


Monday, March 20th, 2017

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