Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared of the Dark Wall Trend

Dark walls are the home trend we all tend to stay away from. As we start our third coat of magnolia, and crack out the sunglasses so that we can actually see in our bright white room, we then have the next struggle of all homeowners: Spicing things up.

White, light walls are great for getting that perfect Instagram picture, or having a blank canvas if you’re selling the house, but what personality does it show? What adventure is going for the same colour each time?

As the weather is getting colder, we all start to think about refurbishing and making the house ready for Autumn (if you’re struggling, check our last week’s post here), and dark walls don’t have to be intimidating: Booting out the urban myth, dark walls aren’t always going to make the room feel smaller and colder, whilst white makes the room feel fresh and vast. If used well, dark walls can create a beautifully cosy home, or look like a showstopper statement interior that the internet will adore any day.

Natural Wood Never Looked So Good

Dark wood kitchen cabinetry with moody grey green walls and matching dark wood floating shelving - love this dark, rich, minimalist kitchen design.


Dark walls don’t have to be black or grey, and it certainly doesn’t mean that the counterparts of the room having to be bright, jewel tones. At the end of the day, it’s still your home; you need to feel calm and relaxed in the space that is just for you.

If you’re a big fan of bringing nature into the home, why stop? Natural woods have never looked so good in this shot of the kitchen. The matte teal shade and stone/wood units provide a modern and Scandi vibe that’s irresistible.

Dark walls look just as good with faux furs, potted plants and chunky knits. So there’ll be no ‘colder and smaller’ feelings here…

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There’s Plenty of Room for Personality

dark walls with pink artwork will really bring the space to live and a mix of cushions in different patterns and textures will add interest


Unlike other colours, dark walls offer plenty of space to personalise and characterise your space. In a way, dark walls are the blank canvas you’re looking for to bring in your own art, style and colour combinations.

This beautifully colourful room doesn’t feel dark in any way. It’s fully of life and truly brings out the character of the homeowner.

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It Adds Warmth

LIA Leuk Interieur Advies/Lovely Interior Advice: Red and blueWe love this colour combination this is Fired Earth paint in Tyrian Rose

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What’s small and cold about these beautiful rooms? Darker rooms will help to get that well earned beauty sleep at the end of the day, and these colourful shots prove that colour is still an interior’s best friend. These looks are perfect for Autumn, and the contrasting blue door, and yellow sofa add a bold statement in the space.

Joyce Bedstead - Mulberry      

It’s Styled for Sophistication

I prefer showers, but if this was mine I'd take a bath every time, no more showers for me!


This accented wall oozes with sleek sophistication – which isn’t something we always relate to the bathroom. This deep purple and grey colourscheme brings this windowless room to life, and gives the space a formal and luxurious feel.

Retro is Easy

Retro Seventies inspired Hall | Interior Design Ideas (houseandgarden.co.uk)


Dark and bold block colours is the simplest way to bring in the retro trend. This mismatch of colour doesn’t seem out of place, and proves that dark walls and natural light can create a playful home space.

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Let us know what you think of this trend, and how you’d style it at home!

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