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Remember This When Decorating with Dark Colors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors, Design and Decorating

It does not take a design expert to know that color plays a significant role in your interior. The hue that you select can have a drastic effect on the tone or mood that you are trying to set in a space. It can enhance or ruin the mood. In addition, the wrong color decision can make or break the architectural details of a room, creating an uneven balance.

In this article, we are going to focus on how to use dark colors. Rich colors such as dark brown, navy, charcoal, and black are hues that many people shy away from in their design schemes. To help you feel more comfortable using them, we are going to show you how you can use dark colors appropriately. Let’s take a look!

Picking the Right Room

Can you not decide whether you should splash the dark color in a specific space? When picking the right room, you should consider the size of the room and the mood that you desire to set. Darker colors instantly create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. For room such as the living room, bedroom, or foyer, this is the desired effect; therefore, you should use rich hues in these spaces.

That being said, dark colors have the tendency to make a room appear smaller. Avoid using rich hues in rooms that you want to have an open and airy feel (i.e., the bathroom).

Highlighting Architectural Features

Common architectural features such as crown molding, shutter-style windows, and window trim work well with darker tones. You can create contrast with these features by choosing your favorite dark, rich hue and using it as a paint color on the walls around it.

Accent Wall Color

If you are interested in creating an accent wall in a specific room, you can drench the walls in a dark hue. For instance, painting a wall charcoal gray and leaving the opposite walls off-white will make the room feel a bit bigger.

Highlight Other Design Elements

You can also use darker tones to highlight design elements such as the cabinetry in your kitchen. Painting your kitchen walls with a charcoal gray or navy blue will enhance your white cabinetry and marble counters. You can also use a darker wood variation on your floors to complete the look.

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Let the Shadows Play a Part

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate

Why is this room so beautiful? Most designers want lights to chase any shadows away and allow the colors to stand out. This room, however, is all about one source of light and the shadows it creates.

What happens when you just let the light make its own way into a room? It doesn’t always work, but in this case the wall-sized window becomes its own focal point.

You can look at the view which even on this foggy day shows itself to be amazing. How about getting comfortable on the inviting sofa? Or maybe you might want to sit in the dining chair in the foreground and appreciate the play of light and shadow this room casts.

The window is the strongest light source, but the glossy floor comes in at a close second. Despite its dark pitch, this rich wood choice grabs the light and reflects it well into the middle of the room.

The lines of certain furniture pieces pick up the window light and the floor’s reflection to add the sort of interest designers generally rely on color to provide. Notice the unusual curved seat in the middle of the room just inches from the zebra-patterned rug. These same curves appear on the arms of the chair by the window. The dining chair’s swirling spindles also echo in the candle holder on the left silhouetted against the window’s light.

Does your home take advantage of light and shadow the way this one does? What can you do to let shadows play a part in your home’s design?