Dark & Moody: How to Incorporate Dark Paint in the Bedroom

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Neutral colors ranging from grays to blues, and off-whites to beiges, are popular in interior design. 

But nothing makes a statement like a dark paint color. 

Many people shy away from dark paint because they think it will make the room feel small and cold. When designed correctly, dark hues can create a space that feels glamorous, contemporary, and even spacious. When used in the bedroom, dark colors set the tone for a calming space and a good night’s rest.

Keep reading for tips on incorporating dark paint into the bedroom. 

Consider the Ceiling and Flooring

Dark walls need to be balanced. If you darken the ceiling along with the walls, you risk a cave-like space. Instead, opt for a white ceiling to open the space overhead, creating an airy feeling. As far as flooring, light-colored hardwood, or a light area rug can bring in the contrast you need. 

Lighten Up the Furniture

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In addition to keeping the ceiling and floors light, the right furniture helps to balance dark walls. In fact, light furniture against dark walls can trick the eye into thinking the room has more natural light, making it appear larger. It doesn’t have to stop with furniture! In the bedroom, you can also bring in light colors with light fixtures, bedding, decor, and curtains.

Highlight Your Art

A dark wall creates the perfect backdrop for displaying colorful artwork. In many cases, the dark background creates a more visually appealing contrast than neutral or light walls. Hang one large statement piece above the bed for a dramatic effect, or create a gallery wall with several of your favorite pieces. Art brightens up any space, and makes your bedroom truly unique. 

Start with One Wall

If going dark is still intimidating, start with an accent wall. Paint one wall your choice color, while keeping the other walls light. This adds the dramatic effect you’re looking for without committing to all four walls. It’s also a great option if your bedroom has little natural light. 

Still unsure about going dark? Start by helping us decide what Benjamin Moore paint color to paint the guest bedroom at 66 High Street. Vote on Facebook or Instagram, and stay tuned to see how it turns out!

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