The pros and cons of choosing dark colours for your walls

It’s no secret that dark coloured walls are trending this year. Greys, purples, burgundies are adding drama and character to rooms all over the world. But at the same time there is criticism about going too dark.

We’ll weigh the pros and cons in this blog to help you make that important colour decision.

While some people choose deep, dark hues to give their rooms a warm and cosy feeling others might debate that these make a room feel small, stuffy or cave-like.


We feel that that you shouldn’t let the size of a room stop you from using rich, bold colours as they can blur the edges of walls, creating an illusion of space. Use dark colours on the walls and choose lighter furnishings to balance the room.

Whether it’s a brightly painted chair or throw pillows on the sofa, placing a few bright-coloured accents in a dark room can redirect the focus to the forefront, allowing the walls to simply be a backdrop.

When using a dark colour on walls with a low ceiling, paint the trims the same colour to make the walls appear taller.

A simple trick like adding a mirror can also add the illusion of depth.

Dark colours can be difficult to touch up when damages happen or paint over if you change your mind.

We say, it’s only paint, after all, so at the end of the day its pretty low-risk and you can always change your mind.

There are plenty of positives to choosing the year’s trending colours and you shouldn’t let the negatives scare you away.

Start small. Just colour a single wall in one room or paint a smaller room with darker hues to experiment with the idea.

Happy Painting!


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