Design Trend: Dark Interiors

I am the first to admit I love a bright, airy white interior. But more and more I find myself drawn to inky colors and deep luxurious tones. Just in time for the beginning of Fall/Winter 2016! Dark colors often get skeptical responses based on the belief that they make spaces appear small or unwelcoming. While in fact, if done well, dark colors can do just the opposite! We find they can be the best choices to create cozy spaces while minimizing the smallness of a room.

Many people turn to the color white to solve their design problems. For example, if their space is very small or doesn't have a lot of natural light, they paint the walls white. In some cases, this does help but it isn't the only way and can make the space feel too sterile or boring. What we recommend is playing with contrast. You can have walls that are darker and layer that by choosing lighter flooring, trims and furniture. The darker color blurs the corners and perimeter to mask the small room size, while the contrasting light colors create a sense of depth. If you prefer a dramatic, luxe look (we sure do!) you can continue the deep tones throughout the remaining design selections.

According to Pantone, the colors of the season happen to include some beautiful deep tones such as Sharkskin, Riverside and Potter’s Clay. The following are a few select projects that we feel beautifully exhibit the darker colors of the season. Most are examples of our own work here at Designs By Human, and others are by international designers and decorators.

 

1. Sharkskin

Projects: Cohen Townhouse; Feng Apartment.

Designer: Designs By Human

Bedroom - Cohen Townhouse by Designs By Human. We used tones of gray in the pinstripe wallcovering, luxe bedding and pillows.

Bedroom - Cohen Townhouse by Designs By Human. We used tones of gray in the pinstripe wallcovering, luxe bedding and pillows.

Living Room - Feng Apartment by Designs By Human. We used dark gray accent walls to help to add depth to the space.

Living Room - Feng Apartment by Designs By Human. We used dark gray accent walls to help to add depth to the space.

Bar Area - Feng Apartment by Designs By Human. The dark grey walls actually helped to brighten the space and make it feel larger.

Bar Area - Feng Apartment by Designs By Human. The dark grey walls actually helped to brighten the space and make it feel larger.

 

2. Riverside

Projects: Cohen Townhouse; Feng Apartment.

Designer: Designs By Human

Bedroom - Cohen Townhouse by Designs By Human.

Bedroom - Cohen Townhouse by Designs By Human.

Bedroom - Feng Apartment by Designs By Human.

Bedroom - Feng Apartment by Designs By Human.

 

3. Potter's Clay

Projects: Surprise Valley Residence

Designer: Designs By Human

Dining Area - Surprise Valley Residence by Designs By Human. This rich orange is accented with white window trim and treatments. (Check out our recent feature of this project in Elle Decor!!

Dining Area - Surprise Valley Residence by Designs By Human. This rich orange is accented with white window trim and treatments. (Check out our recent feature of this project in Elle Decor!!

 

More Examples:

Bedroom - Palan Apartment by Designs By Human. This grande master bedroom features deep purple, blues, and browns - mixed with light tones of white, cream and beige.

Bedroom - Palan Apartment by Designs By Human. This grande master bedroom features deep purple, blues, and browns - mixed with light tones of white, cream and beige.

A dark, inky bedroom by Megan Morton.

A dark, inky bedroom by Megan Morton.

Dramatic hues by Heather Nette King.

Dramatic hues by Heather Nette King.

The days are shorter and the weather is colder; don't be afraid to cozy-up your interiors with deep colors!