Dare to Do Dark

June 24, 2010

It’s the beginning of summer, and I feel the need to make everything around me light and bright, but I’m finding myself increasingly drawn to the drama of dark painted walls.  When it comes to painting a room an intensely dark color like chocolate or charcoal, I confess I haven’t taken the plunge because I fear the dreaded cave effect that may occur.  Oh, I’ve tried samples on the wall, but in the end I opt for the lighter hue. 

I especially love high contrast in design, juxtaposing the crisp white against the dramatic dark.  An intensely deep hue, balanced with plenty of light, conveys sophistication and elegance – two feelings I absolutely adore in a space.   Here are some intense walls that I’m drawn to these days.  Fancy that, in the middle of June. 

  burnham design office Burnham Design


lonny mag april may 2010 Lonny Magazine

   brown foyer house beautiful  House Beautiful

indigo walls homes and gardens Homes and Gardens

   amanda nisbet brown bedroom Amanda Nisbet


donna griffith brown bedroom  Donna Griffith photographer


mary macdonald indigo room Mary MacDonald


chocolate wall via decorpad via Decorpad


dark walls in bedroom decorpad via Decorpad


house beautiful chocolate brown House Beautiful


lime table country living Country Living


crosby st hotel nyc dark wall Firmdale/Crosby St. Hotel

 dark walls behind cabinet decorpad via Decorpad


mary macdonald dining house beautifulHouse Beautiful


metropolitan home dining room Metropolitan Home


chocolate brown bhg Better Homes & Gardens


kohler play room via Decorpad


country living brown walls white kitchen Country Living


What about you?  What are your thoughts on dark painted walls ?  Does it feel like doom and gloom to you ?  Too bold for your taste ?   Or have you taken the plunge and pulled off the high drama?   Do share your ‘darkest’ thoughts !



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