This is the seventh post of a series “Style, Substance and Color:...
For a few seasons now, white interiors have been an industry favourite. We have been mesmerised by bright Scandi design and its vibe of purity and openness. But lately, designers seems to be dipping their brushes into inkier hues and we are starting to see some bold colors popping up, suggesting a real change in the air.
In her interview with Dezeen, Swedish high-profile designer, Lotta Agaton, said that the current political situation in the world is the reason behind this change in preferences. "During recent years of stability and safety, we have had bright white spaces that are open for exposure. But in darker times when the political and economic climate gets more uncertain, you want to nest a little bit. We have more cosy environments with dark walls that feel embracing. It's like with winter and spring, but in a larger way."
Regardless of the reason behind this shift, we have to admit, there is something enigmatic and sophisticated in shadowy hues. They give a room a deep moody feel, reminding us of rainy days when you just want to pull out a dusty book from the shelves and curl up with a warm cup of tea and a cozy blanket.
If you are ready to take your interiors to the dark side, don’t turn to monochrome. Nearly all colors are on the table, such as blue, green, red, purple, brown and grey. Adventurous decorators can find endless inspiration! Even some rich shades of yellow will feel at home in a room full of drama.
However, decorating with dark hues can be a bit tricky. For a dark interior to feel comfortable and accessible, careful attention to lighting, composition, and contrast is needed. Without these considerations even the most stylish black walls or grey floors could quickly become overbearing.
Most people are concerned that if they decorate with black and other dark colors, their home is going to give off a gloomy vibe and the room will feel smaller, closed and lack light. Actually, it is the opposite. If used correctly, dark hues can add an interest to the room that whites, creams and greys can only dream of, and rather than make a space feel depressing, they will give the room a moody and seductive, even luxurious vibe.
By coating rooms with a dark basis, you can make your lighter pieces pop up! Furniture, accessories and artwork will all emerge against a dark backdrop and your favorite designs and patterns will come in the spotlight.
The moody trend works well in any room and can be paired with different textures and finishes, such as marble, leather, velvet, or any natural material. You can really do magic by pushing color boundaries. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and you will end up with a totally new and fresh space.
If you are ready to embrace dark hues within your own designs and you succeed on mastering them, share your project with us!