Keeping Rooms Bright with Dark Paint


In the past, I have always gravitated towards white interiors, but more and more I am being drawn to dark, luxe colors. I still need some light though, and there are a few tricks to using a dark color and still having the room feel bright and spacious.

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Using light colored fabrics and upholstery are a nice and soft contrast to the dark walls. They also reflect the light that’s coming in from the windows which keeps the room from not having any depth.

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Consider sheen and patina too.  Metallic gold bookcases reflect light.  Also consider the “visual weight” of your furnishings. The desk, while large – has minimal visual weight because it is clear.  A thick blocky wood desk would add a lot of visual weight to the room.

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Here is another example of using light (in both weight and color) textiles, and reflective surfaces. Getting a semi-gloss or gloss paint will reflect light.


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I actually think that small spaces done in dark colors feel extremely rich.  The herringbone floors, moulding, and large window don’t hurt either!


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