Whites and neutrals have long been go-to dominant colors for interior designers. However, the past few years have seen a surge of interest in dark walls and furnishings. Several leading paint companies are predicting a rise in the popularity of dark shades used as neutrals for 2017. These include Benjamin Moore, whose color of the year is Shadow, a dusky purple that makes a spectacular backdrop for both colored and metallic accents.
The right dark color for your home is moody but not gloomy; it’s elegant, dramatic and bold. Pure black is absolutely an option for walls; it can be restful in the bedroom and elegant in your living areas. Slate gray, regal purple, navy blue and forest green are equally spectacular, whether as accent walls or the base for the whole room. Dark colors make for a dramatically different bathroom or kitchen; flip the look on its head in any room by leaving the walls light and opting for a richly colored ceiling.
Black walls are at their best in rooms with plenty of natural light. Restore balance to a space with lots of deep color with white or bright contrasting accents – think cushions, light fixtures, artworks, curtains, or bedding. Mirrors and metallic elements are another way to introduce a little more brightness into your moody, glamorous new room.