Dark bedrooms are cosy, alluring and restful – so where better to decorate with an on trend dark shade?
Be brave when it comes to using darker shades in the bedroom – combined with soft lighting and the right window treatment, they will create an enveloping atmosphere that’s perfect for a good night’s sleep.
Summer or winter, dark paint colours or wall-coverings are also a great remedy for rooms that don’t receive much natural daylight, whether that’s due to a lack of windows or a north facing aspect. Rather than trying to brighten a dark room with bright or light colours (which may seem like the logical thing to do), resist the temptation as pale or vibrant colours just end up looking dull and drab if the room is naturally dark.
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Instead play to the room’s strengths and use the lack of light to your advantage. Dive in with dark painted floors or walnut woods, and drown your walls with deep navy blues, smokey greys, or earthy tones. The result will be a room that cocoons you.
It’s easy enough to prevent these dark tones from feeling oppressive too, with the addition of bold hued cushions and throws on the bed, like those shown in the examples ahead. These can also obviously be swapped with the seasons, keeping a set of heavier textiles for the winter and lighter linens for the summer.
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Not feeling brave enough to dive in at the deep end? Try dipping your toe in with a versatile grey paint. Start with a mid-shade and you may become tempted to introduce darker tones on the floor, at the windows or elsewhere as you become used to it. Again the room can be enlivened through contrasting splashes of colour, whether that’s an interesting rug, artwork or bed linen. Get inspired by these stylish dark bedroom ideas…
Pretty meets punchy in this serene sleep zone, with trad floral curtains set against an enveloping blue paint shade.
Get the look Bed, Hästens. Walls in Celestial Blue, Dulux. Throw, Heal’s. Ikat cushion, Pentreath & Hall.
There’s a certain sumptuousness to this space, with its rich textures and colours.
Get the look The Night Indigo wallpaper is from the Calico Collection at Calico. The bedside table and mirror are by B&B Italia. The lamp is by Porta Romana.
Softly crumpled bedding and textured throws create a comforting, welcoming vibe against the moody backdrop.
Get the look The pre-washed bedlinen is by Merci Merci. The bedside cabinet is from Swoon. The walls and floor are painted in Railings estate emulsion and eggshell by Farrow & Ball.
The green hued paint shade was chosen for the relaxed feel it gives as you walk in.
Get the look Find the Small Ghost Buster bedside table by Kartell at John Lewis. Try Lombok for a similar bed. The walls are painted in Steel V by Paint & Paper Library. The cushions and throw are from Liberty.
The timber backdrop and quirky accessories give this room a unique edge.
Get the Look For a dramatic backdrop, the walls are painted in Fired Earth’s Mercury matt emulsion. A graphic bedspread by Custhom and bedside lamps from Atomic Antiques with custom-made fringed shades add to the inimitable effect.
The wood wall was made from old grape pallets that a farmer had thrown away, mainly as a place to hang the three pod lights. The concrete and glass table beneath it was also a DIY job. Soft fabrics contrast with the hard surfaces and make the bed even more inviting.
Get the look For woven pendant lights in a pod-like style, try Louise Tucker. Gray Concrete could make a table like this. The ottoman is from DAG in Cape Town. Head to George Smith for similar. Try degreeart.com for similar artwork. For a throw like this, try The French Bedroom Company.
Feminine glamour comes into its own, with textures of smooth silk and crisp cotton. Favourite finds include the Fifties Italian table lamp.
Get the look This is a sofa.com bed. The bedside lamp is from Interior Eden. The bedding is by Yves Delorme. The wall covering is by Villa Nova. This is Cheville Parquet flooring.
This soft, dark palette is tempered with a pale floor.
Get the look The wall is painted in Downpipe estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from sofa.com. The throw is from The White Company. The linen bedding was bought at The Conran Shop. This is the DLM side table by Hay at Haus.
This bedroom brims with textiles and wallpapers from around the world. The owner found 10 rolls of the wallpaper in Hong Kong and then teamed it with African textiles at the window and on the bed.
Get the look Cushions and lights made from 1930s capes and shoe lasts, all Sera of London. The Seventies palm light is by Curtis Jeré. The mirrors are Victorian.
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.
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.
In this master bedroom, high skirtings are worked into a darkly glam space, its surfaces glowing in deep teal, brass and matt-black timber.
Get the look The headboard and bed are by B&B Italia. The wardrobe area and carpet are bespoke by Andy Martin Architecture. The Habibi side table is by Philipp Mainzer for e15. The line drawing is a Matisse lithograph.
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.
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.
Get the look Partition wall painted in Squid Ink at Paint and Paper Library. Walls and ceiling painted in Farrow & Ball Wevet white. Copper reading lamps, Lampe Gras. Bedside table on right, SCP.
A four poster bed helps create a sense of height in a room.
Get the look Wardley oak four-poster bed in Holkham Sand, Neptune. Savona side table, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Bella Aquae rug, Zoë Luyendijk for Front Rugs. Curtains made in Blackthorn cotton-mix in Teal, William Morris for House of Hackney. Velvet cushion covers in Dark Orange and Mustard Yellow, H&M Home. Floorstanding plaster wing, Lorfords.
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.
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.