Dark walls can add a richness and warmth to a room like nothing else, but only when done right. This caveat creates a trepidation when it comes to deciding to go dark. Here, we bring you five examples of dark walls done right. Click through for some inspiration and maybe you'll brave the dark paint shades on your own walls.
San Francisco-based architect and designer Abigail Turin transformed her 1925 Italianate home into a modern abode. “You don’t have to stay in the language of your exterior, but you don’t have to eliminate it, either,” says Turin of her old-meets-new approach. When Turin noticed the living room was a naturally dim space, she embraced it with slate walls and cozy furnishings.
San Francisco-based interior designer Charles de Lisle designed the kitchen backsplash of PVC rubber flooring embedded with stainless steel "plus" signs. Though most would think going dark would only make a small room smaller, in this instance the use of varying shades of dark colors ads a dynamic that makes the space feel rich and interesting.
When using a dark paint it's sometimes best to make sure there enough natural light to offset. Daylight, admitted by way of clerestory windows, brightens the dark zones between the kitchen and the den in this renovated split-level.
Here, the dark walls create the winning warm modernism that lead Thompson Hotels into London hospitalitydom. Quasi-industrial brick walls with geometric furniture and lend the property a neo-Brooklyn texture, while plush velvet upholstery and contemporary pieces from Brit artists Miranda Donovon and Mat Collishaw amp up the New Britania.