Dark Walls in the Bedroom

February 14, 2013

It’s Valentine’s Day. But more exciting: it’s my birthday! Haha. I turn 26 today. Do you have any plans for the day? My boyfriend Chris and I have reservations for a really delicious Spanish tapas restaurant. Chris always does a wonderful job of treating me extra special on this day; he spoils me rotten with extra gifts and princess treatment. Yup, I love it.


Why is it that no one can agree on the effect dark walls have? I’ve heard both sides of the story from interior designers that I really respect and trust. Some are still saying that dark walls will make a room feel like a cave with the walls closing in on you and a sluggish, light-killing environment. While other designers insist that dark walls actually make a room look bigger and cozier and more exciting. I like the way dark walls look (or at least I like the way they look when they’re professionally photographed), so I’ve been more keen to listen to those advocating for dark walls.

If you’re interested in giving dark walls a try, I think you need to just go for it. The beauty of paint is that you can always paint over it again if it doesn’t work out. And with so many conflicting opinions on the matter, you ultimately need to forge your own informed decision and see for yourself if it works in your home.

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The above bedroom takes it to another level. Definitely make sure you’re totally okay with the dark wall look before installing a wall treatment like this! Lighting is important in any room, but with the addition of a dark wall color it becomes really vital that it’s done well. Do you want a moody room with just little pockets of light and lots of dramatic shadow (like above)? I think it’s lovely.

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Dark grays are fairly abundant here, but it does’t feel oppressive at all. If you don’t have a big beautiful window letting in lots of natural light, you’ll want to carefully consider the effect dark walls would have in your space. You can compensate with several light fixtures, or leave it dark and deliciously murky if that’s the look you’d like.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Or you could celebrate Galentine’s Day a little late.

one // photographed by Emily Andrews via NY Times
two // by the fabulous Abigail Ahern
three // phtographed by Tim Van de Velde via Dwell

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  • Reply Mama February 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think those walls look beautiful. I would think a little “cave-ishness” would be good in a place where a lot of sleeping occurs.

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