The Dark Side

Could you switch to the Dark Side?

In recent months a shift has been noticed in the leading edge of the design scene which is starting to filter down to us mere mortals.  It’s a shift from white bright and light colour schems to more intimate, cozy and darker schemes.

Theses schemes are wonderful in winter months with all the added embelishments that flicker and glow, candles, fires, glitter balls, if it takes your fancy. But I do wonder will these schemes be so appealing in the summer months. Or should one’s home have a less conventional and slightly feverish flow where by there are areas that lend themselves more to summer living, perhaps where the patio doors lead out to the garden as can be seen below in the wonderful Cowboy Kates eclectic home. 

Kate's styling is spot on with her layered flooring and sumptuous green foliage and baskets. 

This (above) beautifully styled corner of a room by Jazzierere confirms that dark coloured walls dressed with bright pops of colour such as this delicious velvet yellow chair produces an overall bright and interesting vista. The look is completed with an eclectic collection of bright, monochrome and textured vases, flowers, foliage and artwork.  Sheepskin rugs add an easy throw on winter accessory to sink into and add yet more layers to the look. 

PHOTO: Graham Atkins-Hughes for Remodelista 

PHOTO: Graham Atkins-Hughes for Remodelista 

The above, now iconic, dark interior by Graham Atkins-Hughes shows how beautifully the blues, greens and greys meld together. Particularly impressive is the bravery on embracing the dark side by painting the cornice moulding, ceiling walls and floors in the same deep dark colour which leaves the fireplace and statement lighting to really talk for itself. 

If you want to try a bit of the dark side but don't want to commit 100% this beautiful bedroom designed by Jess Clark for Unique Home Stays is a great way to try out the dark trend without looking as if you weren't feeling brave enough. It works particularly well on unusual shaped walls, alcoves or walls where there is already an object, such as a fireplace, breaking it up. The artwork, blankets and rugs bring a zingy pop to the room once again proving that dark doesn't have to be too dark. 

So, the beautiful inky dark hues seen in this article actually give the space more presence through their beautiful depth of colour thus creating a more generous room. What do you say- could you make the move over to the dark side?