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Using Dark Colors Without Creating a Dismal Atmosphere

You have fallen in love with a dark color for the walls in your home. There is just one problem: you’re afraid it will make the room too dreary. Many people avoid using dark colors on their walls for this reason. You don’t have to let this fear hold you back. Dark paint can make a room look elegant or add a touch of drama. Your home can still feel warm and cheery with dark walls if you follow a few of these home decorating tips.

Here are 5 tips on how to use dark paint colors without creating a dismal atmosphere.

# 1. Choose a room with lots of light.

Room with Dark Paint with Lots of LightDark colors work best in a room with lots of natural light. Sunlight streaming through large windows will prevent the room from feeling gloomy. Dark colors can reflect light well especially with the right accessories. A large mirror in the room can also make it feel brighter. A living room with large windows or a well-lit bathroom are both a good choice.

# 2. Use it as an accent color.

With dark paint, a little bit can make a big statement. Instead of painting every wall in a dark color, consider using it as an accent color. Only painting one wall in it or using it to paint a prominent focal feature like a floor to ceiling fireplace or built-in bookshelves. Painting crown molding or a chair rail in a dark color is also a great way to add drama without overwhelming the room.

# 3. Bring in bright colors.

Bright pops of color contrast beautifully against a dark color and make a room feel more cheerful. You can use brightly colored furniture, drapes or accessories to make the room feel sunnier. Bright colors can also make a dark room feel more modern.

# 4. Balance it with light, neutral tones.

Light neutral tones like white, ivory, tan and grey are also good complements to dark colors. A darkly painted room with lightly colored linens and furniture will feel warmer and more inviting instead of somber.

# 5. Consider using chalkboard paint.

chalkboard paint for bedroomChalkboard paint is a great option for an office, playroom or kitchen. The deep color will add depth and sophistication to the room while also creating a place for creatives in your home to draw, jot down ideas, or make lists.

Chocolate brown, deep Sapphire blue, charcoal black and dark emerald green are just a few of the beautiful rich tones that you can use in your home. In the right room and balanced with light or bright tones, these dark colors can create a relaxing and warm environment.

If you want to talk to an expert about how to use dark colors in your home, give us a call! The professional painters on our team at Franklin Painting are experts in color coordination. Color consulting is an important part of what we do because we know how much the color of a room can impact the atmosphere it creates and your mood. Reach out to us today to setup a consultation!

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