Black Doesn’t Mean DARK

February 4, 2016

By: Tyler Wisler

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day” – Vincent van Gogh

Who knew van Gogh and I saw things the same way? Now, I don’t necessarily mean “night” when talking design, but I do know that I love a dark colored room. Hear me out…When you look up at the sky, the stars get brighter and clearer as the darkness sets in.

Now, think about a room setting. When you place anything up against a dark wall, that item becomes a star.

It’s the same concept when you accessorize that favorite LBD, or for the guys, that go-to dark suit. Whether it’s a pair of emerald earrings, or a patterned pocket square, all of a sudden those items become the focal point!

Dark colors tend to recede away when we look at them, which makes everything else pop! It’s the best trick for really creating an impactful room. This also spatially gives the illusion of a larger room, because your eye won’t notice a definite break where there is a wall.

I know, a lot of you are thinking, “Well Tyler, it’s just gonna be too dark and depressing.”

I get it, I hear the concerns, but you are not living in these environments without light right? Well that’s how you control the tone of the room.

Make sure you are using several levels of lighting, meaning a nice combination of architectural lighting (i.e. recessed downlights, overhead fixtures, sconces, etc.) and decorative lighting sources, like table and floor lamps. This allows flexibility to highlight certain key features like furniture or wall treatments.

The depth of the wall color gives a real sense of coziness. There’s an inherent warmth that envelops you the minute you walk in. It’s the perfect way to give a space that feeling of, “Come in and sit down a while.”  Trust me!

Nowadays, most major paint companies even offer fun apps where you can virtually paint your walls to get an idea of what it will look like before you pull out the rollers! I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Some of my favorite dark colors to consider are:


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