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August 12, 2013
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.
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  BAROQUE MEETS MODERN IN SAN FRANCISCO 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. photos by: Justin Fantl  Photo by Justin Fantl.

    BAROQUE MEETS MODERN IN SAN FRANCISCO

    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.

    photos by: Justin Fantl

    Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  THE NEW SUBURBANISM 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. Photo by: Robert Schlatter  Photo by Robert Schlatter.

    THE NEW SUBURBANISM

    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.

    Photo by: Robert Schlatter

    Photo by Robert Schlatter.
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  ON THE LEVEL 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. photos by: João Canziani  Photo by João Canziani.

    ON THE LEVEL

    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.

    photos by: João Canziani

    Photo by João Canziani.
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  NEW BRITANNIA: LONDON’S BOOMLET OF MODERNIST HOTELS 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.

    NEW BRITANNIA: LONDON’S BOOMLET OF MODERNIST HOTELS

    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.

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  LOS ANGELES HOME WITH WOOD-CLAD INTERIOR A trio of resin skulls works as manly wall art above a burly end table from Urban Hardwoods and on a wall painted with ICI Paint’s Noble Grey. photos by: Zen Sekizawa  Photo by Zen Sekizawa.

    LOS ANGELES HOME WITH WOOD-CLAD INTERIOR

    A trio of resin skulls works as manly wall art above a burly end table from Urban Hardwoods and on a wall painted with ICI Paint’s Noble Grey.

    photos by: Zen Sekizawa

    Photo by Zen Sekizawa.
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Modern living room with black walls and light furniture

BAROQUE MEETS MODERN IN SAN FRANCISCO

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.

photos by: Justin Fantl

Photo by Justin Fantl.

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