Green dining room

4 reasons to use dark shades in your home

We debunk some popular color myths and explain why you should consider going over to the dark side of the color chart.

1. Make a room feel larger

It’s only natural to reach for white when you’re trying to make a small, dark space feel larger. We’re conditioned to believe that darker colors will make a room feel more enclosed. But some darker shades – such as muted teals, charcoal greys and warm browns can actually add a sense of depth to your space.

Which colors?

N8.40.21 / 87GG 08/151
ON.00.90 / 81YR 85/004

Top Tip

Painting woodwork, such as skirting boards, doors and window frames, in a darker hue is another clever way to create the illusion of space in your home. For best results, use satin paint and take a look at our simple steps to get your woodwork looking wonderful.

2. Create a cozy scheme

A living room in rich browns and mossy greens

Choosing a darker color scheme is a great way to make a room feel instantly more cozy and intimate. Consider using rich browns and mossy greens. These deep shades tend to pull walls closer towards you and will instantly make a large room feel warmer.

Which colors?

H7.06.25 / 29GY 10/029
E8.11.20 / 06YY 08/048
S0.20.21 / 89BG 09/087

Top tip

If you do decide to embrace darker walls, choose brightly colored accessories that will pop against the more subdued shades.

3. Make space with an optical illusion

Royal blue kitchen

Rich royal blues will look crisp and fresh against lighter colored walls, helping to lead the eye along the walls. Pair with copper accessories and a mix of wood finishes to complete this stylish look.

Which colors?

T4.43.26 / 32BB 10/296

4. Add a sense of drama 

Purple dining room

A dark, bold color scheme will immediately add drama and flair to your home. A powerful purple with accent pieces of luxurious gold will wow visitors.

If you’re unsure where to start, download our Visualizer app to your smartphone or tablet to help you make a decision.

Simply hold the Visualizer app up to the wall you want to paint, choose a color from the Dulux palette and tap to see immediately how your room will look. It’s as easy as that!

Which colors?

W3.13.20 / 30RB 07/107

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