Dark rooms are cosy, alluring and restful – so where better to decorate with an on trend dark shade than a bedroom?
Be brave when it comes to using darker shades – combined with soft lighting, they create an enveloping atmosphere that’s perfect for a good night’s sleep. Dark paint colours are also a great remedy for rooms that don’t receive much natural daylight. Rather than trying to brighten a dark room with bright colours (which may seem like the logical thing to do), pale or vibrant colours just end up looking dull and drab if the room is naturally dark. Instead, dive in with dark painted floors and walnut woods, and drown your walls with deep navy blues, smokey greys, or earthy tones. The result will be a room that cocoons you. Not feeling brave enough to dive in at the deep end? Dip your toe in with a versatile grey. To avoid a room looking too dreary, liven it up with a contrasting pop of bold colour.
This space has a warm, cocooning feel thanks to the rich colour palette and bold textiles. The white painted floor boards create a sense of balance, while the upholstered headboard resting on the bed frame creates drama.
Get the look: The headboard is upholstered in Bert & May’s Alalpardo in Indigo. This is Bert & May’s Blake Border jacquard throw. The walls are painted in Chia eco emulsion and the woodwork in Deadly Night oil eggshell, both by Bert & May. Bed linen is from The White Company.
The almost black wall is the perfect foil for a shimmering velvet upholstered bed and the scheme is softened with the introduction of delicate pink shades and touch-me textures.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Off-Black estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from Sofa.com. Pineapple cushion from Wolf & Badger. The bedside table is from DI Designs. The cicada handles are from Etsy. The bedside lamp is from Blanc d’Ivoire.
Play it safe and opt for just a feature wall in a dramatic shade. Bring it to life with crisp linens and metallic accents. The pink undertone of the surrounding walls soften the grey and prevent the room from looking too cold.
A riot of bold popping colour, the Yves Klein-inspired blue is the perfect backdrop to this extravagant Ikat Jacquard.
Get the look: Walls painted in Smalt intelligent matt emulsion, £47 for 2.5l, Little Greene. Bed is the Harlech No 4 king-size bed, £14,342, plus 8m of fabric, Savoir Beds; upholstered in Pitaya F3144001 embroidered cotton-mix, £242 per m, Pierre Frey. Blue vintage cabinet with geometric carvings, £810, Rouge. Persian Palace 006 rug, £4,761, Knots Rugs. Cushions, from left: Hudson, £104, Sahco; Velvet Paint, £85, One Nine Eight Five for Heal’s; and made in Miramar silk Aquilegia, £70 per m, James Hare. Throw made in Amoret 332644 linen-mix in Prussian Blue, £84 per m, Zoffany at Style Library.Signal two-arm desk light, £235, Jieldé at Holloways of Ludlow.
A four poster bed helps create a sense of height in a room.
Get the look: Wardley oak four-poster bed in Holkham Sand, from £2,170, Neptune.. Savona side table, £2,300, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Bella Aquae rug, £24,000, Zoë Luyendijk for Front Rugs. Curtains made in Blackthorn cotton-mix in Teal, £120 m, William Morris for House of Hackney. Velvet cushion covers in Dark Orange and Mustard Yellow, £6.99 each, H&M Home. Floorstanding plaster wing, £1,100 for two, Lorfords.