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.
In this bedroom, walls have been painted in deepest blue and blackout curtains were hung to create a space that’s cosseting after dark.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Blue Note emulsion by Benjamin Moore. The artwork is by Wangechi Mutu. The throw is by Frette. The headboard is upholstered in a fabric by C&C Milano. The bedside light is by Paavo Tynell. The cabinet is vintage.
The drama of deep colour creates a fantastically cocooning effect.
Get the look: The wall is painted in Little Greene’s Hicks’ Blue absolute matt emulsion. This is the Cask pendant by Bert Frank. The bespoke bedside cabinet is from Sixninethree. For a similar bed, try Savoir Beds’ Harlech 01. The pug vase is from Graham and Green.
Rather than drowning the whole room in darkness, the walls have only been flirted with to create an elegantly decayed look. Layers of paint and varnish were builded up and then distressed to resemble the musty mystique of a flooded château.
Get the look: The paint effect was created by Jason Hawkridge using Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue estate emulsion. The rattan bed is from Crown French Furniture. The bed linen is by Larusi.
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.
This earthy green is calming and restful.
Designer icons and selected artwork showcase the owner’s style.
Get the look: Get the look: This is the Kaiser Idell Luxus table lamp by Christian Dell for Fritz Hansen. Find the Saarinen Tulip side table for Knoll at Heal’s. The bed is by De La Espada. This is the London Toile cushion by Timorous Beasties. The patchwork quilt is by A.P.C. The Embroidered Love Poem by Tracey Emin is from Counter Editions.
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.
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.