Why interior designers love dark colours

Many of us will have been too afraid to use darker colours in our interior design creations for fear that they will make a spacious room suddenly feel boxed-in. To help myth-bust this common misconception, we’ve been speaking to our fabulous interior design partners at Killer5. Read on to discover how a few simple steps can help you to overcome your fear of dark colours to create bold and beautiful spaces. 

We’re always told that dark colours make a room look gloomy. Is this not true?

Most of the time – no. If you take a very small room which has tiny windows and limited light coming in, then a dark blue on the walls may not be the way to go. But no room in a Countryside home will have to contend with this issue as their homes are so light and airy! In which case using deeper, richer colours can actually help to bring definition to a room and can even make a space feel larger.

How come dark colours don’t create dark rooms? 

When we paint our walls white, our homes will always feel spacious, but we shouldn’t be afraid of colour either because white walls can sometimes be quite static and clinical as a base. By ‘static’ we mean that we’re giving the light nothing to work with (no depth) and we can also see very clearly where all the lines and boundaries within a room are. In contrast, darker wallers make it less clear to the naked eye where the boundaries within that room lie, which ultimately gives an illusion of more space. 

Are soft furnishings a good place to start? 

Absolutely. We’re big fans of using cushions, throws and bed sheets to add a splash of colour to a room – particularly if you’re trying a new colour out for the first time. However, if you really want to step up your interior-design game, taking colour one step further will really help to elevate your room and give it more of a luxury feel. I believe luxury can only be created through depth.

Where should I start if I want to create more depth?

When we’re creating our room concepts for Countryside, we start with a couple of objects or colours as our base – and you can do this too. Maybe it’s a favourite vase you already have, a key piece of furniture or a much-loved piece of artwork. Take a closer look at your chosen item and see if you can pull out any darker, richer tones and use these when you come to paint your walls, dress your windows, and accessorise your furniture.