The Dark Side: 3 Ways to Introduce Dark Paint To Your Space
Paint has always been—and, my guess is, will always be—the go-to option for low-cost/high-impact DIY décor activity. From Debbie Travis’s faux finish techniques (anyone remember sponging?) to “Trading Spaces’” plethora of horizontal stripes, we’ve seen how good (and bad) paint jobs can quickly transform just about any space. What we rarely see are arguments for going with dark paint to bring personality – but it’s an almost fool-proof solution!
If the idea of dark colors on your walls makes you nervous, don’t worry--there’s plenty of drama to be played up by going dark in smaller spaces. Think powder rooms or entryways—areas that don’t typically get a lot of attention gain tons of personality when you paint them in darker hues.
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Another great way to introduce dark paint colors to your home is to use them on both shelving and the backing wall. This is especially effective when you have a full wall of bookcases, allowing you to create a showcase for personality via display of a variety of your own objects and favored treasures.
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Embrace Your Dark Side
Once you’ve had a taste of the way darker walls enhance your surroundings, there’s no reason not to try taking the inky path throughout your home. Living rooms and bedrooms grow more intimate with dark paint. Dark kitchen cabinets allow the rest of your kitchen to sparkle like fine jewelry. Play with variations on the same color, going deeper in some rooms—or on a few walls in one room. Choose a dark color in some of your furnishings, like the chairs above, and match the walls or go tone-on-tone to call out even more personality.
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Have you ever gone to the dark side with paint in your home?