KATIE CHARLESON

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Dark Walls: How to use Dramatic Colour in your Home

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Over the past few weeks I have been researching an on the rise interiors trend for dark wall colours in our homes.

That pink sofa via 47parkavenue

That pink sofa via 47parkavenue

As a nation of renters afraid to step outside of the magnolia/neutrals of our surroundings, it excites me to think of using this interiors idea for the Belgravia living room project I have been working on. I really love the idea of carefully selecting a wall colour to create a little dark cocoon. To create a comfy, warm sense of safety and security.

After all, one can always paint over a wall if one grows tired & fancies a change! All at a price cheaper than replacing a bed, couch or kitchen unit. Take a look at my favourite dark interiors and see what you make of my plans for Belgravia Living Room 2017.

Milano Solferino Project by Dimore Studio.

Milano Solferino Project by Dimore Studio.

Dimore Studio's Milano Solferino project

Dimore Studio's Milano Solferino project

I have been obsessed with this Milanese design duo since I came across them on madaboutthehouse.com (lovers of grey and dark, dramatic interiors take note) They combine rich texture and colour but also a faded kind of glamour. Employing velvets and deep colour with pops of bright colour and pattern, the pair evoke a '70's charm without being garish or over-the-top. Their choice of beautiful metallic finishings and accessories evoke a laid back, eclectic luxuriousness that seems to feel found rather than too try-hard or "bling-y".

In terms of wall colour, they seem to use this stunning blue/grey/green across a few projects. Warm yet not saccharine, this colour would take both cold and yellow light (read on for tips on how to choose colour for the direction of a room), and would be perfect for the Belgravia apartments west facing aspect. Note the grubby gold I have an ongoing passion for!

Dimore Studio

Dimore Studio

Abigail Aherne's collection for Debenhams

Abigail Aherne's collection for Debenhams

The undisputed UK queen of deep, dark colour is Abigail Aherne. Of dark hues she says:

Dark hues are glamorous, uplifting, endlessly sophisticated & create infinity, tricking your eye into thinking any room looks larger
— Abigail Aherne

And her Bowery Blue is certainly one I shall be trying in the Belgravia project. This colour is just the right side of green that will sing against the existing furniture and accessories in the making.

Abigail Aherne's collection for Debenham's

Abigail Aherne's collection for Debenham's

And so, finally to what I have learned this week about wall colours. One cannot be told this enough: light is important when trying out wall colour. I learned a lot from this post by Farrow & Ball about the light direction in a building that should help you too. The Belgravia apartment is west facing, which means that the light is cooler in the morning and warmer in the evening.

The room doesn't get much light, except at oblique angles. It is built facing an adjacent apartment block. At night the light comes from the warm bulbs of the Chelsea Bridge & artificial light from bulbs as the space is used mainly evenings and weekends. 

Quite a dark navy could work as the warmer yellow ones may turn the blue a deep, dark teal, working with the racing green of the Chesterfield sofa and the teal midcentury sideboard. 

There is only one way to find out however; we must do colour tests! Check Instagram on Sunday for a look at how the space is looking at the moment and how the selected colours do in the west light!

Valspar paint cards

Valspar paint cards

See more ideas for this dark wall colour project on this Pinterest board. Anything I've missed out or that you are excited about trying? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!