Dreary, drab, somber, dull, gloomy. With meanings like these, it’s no wonder we shy away from dark colors for the walls in our homes. However, with the right accents, dark walls can make a space feel cozy, sophisticated, and authentic. And they’re not just for modern spaces! They can be a right at home in a rustic or traditional setting.
When we began discussing decor and paint colors for our home, I declared that everything should be light and bright. I considered just about every light color out there for our living room, but none of them felt right for the space. Then I saw this photo @ashlynathome posted on Instagram of the dark walls in her living room and fell in love with the cozy look of dark walls paired with vintage accents and the architectural elements that come with old houses (like thick trim!).
Here are 5 reasons to love dark walls and why I think they might be the best choice for our living room:
1. Dark walls give a room a warm and cozy feel.
Our living room is actually the furthest room from the center of the house, and most of our living is done in other parts of our home. So I envision this room as a cozy place to curl up and watch a movie or chat with friends. Dark walls will help give the room a warm and cozy feel.
2. Dark walls are the perfect backdrop for frames, photographs, and paintings.
I love the look of a dark painted gallery wall. Our collection of antique gold frames is one of the reasons I want to take the plunge and try dark walls. I think they’ll really stand out on a dark background!
3. Dark paint makes the walls recede and makes the room feel larger.
Conventional wisdom says that dark rooms appear smaller, but actually dark colors will make walls recede and feel further away and thus making the room appear larger. Another good tip is to pick a cooler color because it will recede more than a warm color.
4. Dark walls add the perfect amount of modern touch to traditional and farmhouse styled rooms.
I love old things, so most of our decor consists of vintage and antique pieces. Dark walls in a room full of vintage decor and old house architectural elements like beefy trim won’t make the room look too modern. Rather, it adds the perfect amount of modern to the room.
5. Dark walls make it easier to decorate around a TV.
The living room is the one room I’ve been struggling with the most, and how to make a giant black TV look like it’s not hugely out of place in the living room of a historic home has been the biggest dilemma of all. Dark walls help make a TV look less out of place because it blends into the wall instead of standing out like a sore thumb.
Have you ever painted a room dark, or are you wanting to take the plunge?