HOW TO ENSURE YOU'LL LOVE YOUR NEW DARK WALLS

HOW TO ENSURE YOU'LL LOVE YOUR NEW DARK WALLS

You've had months of dreaming. You have so much faith that decorating with dark paint is going to work out.  Not just that, you're going to LOVE it. Here's how to make sure that you do! 

DO SEVERAL COATS OF DARK PAINT

Painting our living room was my first proper experience of decorating with a dark colour, and I found that the finish didn’t look great until the fourth coat.  Don't be tempted to stop at one coat, not even two. The depth isn't there. Go for at least three coats to get the full-on dramatic look you've been dreaming about. 

PAINT YOUR CEILING DARK TOO

Painting walls and ceiling in the same colour is becoming an increasingly popular look. That’s right, ceilings don’t have to be painted white! With dark walls, a white ceiling can sometimes be too much of a contrast. Whereas, painting the ceiling dark blends the lines and creates a very relaxed vibe.

HOLD YOUR DECORATING NERVE

That first coat of paint is scary, particularly if you're changing from a light colour to dark. The contrast is, well, such a contrast. You might find yourself having a wobble or three. Also hold on to the thought that the first coat doesn't look particularly great.  You'll start seeing the magic at coat three (or four). Stay strong!

RE-ASSESS YOUR ACCESSORIES

Accessories and art will look completely different. The pictures in our living room pop so much more on the dark backdrop. But, you may also find that you need more accessories in the room. A big expanse of dark wall really needs to be broken up, more so than it does with a light colour.  I'm much more in love with our living room now I've added some pictures behind the sofa. It could do with more, but all this takes time. 

 The pictures behind the sofa are starting to break up the expanse of dark wall.

The pictures behind the sofa are starting to break up the expanse of dark wall.

INTRODUCE LIGHT COLOURS

Also, unless you're going for a super-dark look, you could also find that you need more light-coloured accessories and furniture. We brought in this mirror from another room to bring in some contrast and lighten things up. It also helps bounce some light around the room. 

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ADD MORE LIGHTS

This one sounds obvious, but I really didn’t appreciate how much darker the room would be - and I mean, literally darker.  We always used to have our pendant light dimmed right low and now it needs to be full blast. And even though our living room is teeny, we definitely need more than the three small lamps we have right now. But where we do have those lamps, it looks atmospheric and really stylish. More lamps are on my shopping list.

CONSIDER THE ROOM YOU’RE PAINTING

If we’re stressed, our dark-walled living room is the place to wind down. It can be dangerous as it’s so cosy that you’re asleep before you know it. I’m not sure I’d paint a study in such a dark colour having discovered this - or at least not one where I wanted to do some serious work.

 Expect a dramatic transformation. Just one of the things to know when decorating with dark paint

Expect a dramatic transformation. Just one of the things to know when decorating with dark paint

Keeping all these ideas in mind made me so much more confident the next time we decorated with dark paint.  I hope it helps you if you're thinking of taking the plunge. Are you going to do it? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Victoria x

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