GO OVER TO THE DARK SIDE
Sometimes painting a small dark room in a coat of white paint will give you just that; a small dark room painted white. If white is to work as a brightener and lightener, it needs natural light to bounce off and create that illuminating effect. If you don’t have that then white can end up looking rather drab. Instead you need to find a colour.
Sometimes you need to embrace what the builder and the mortgage lender gave you. A small dark room? Embrace that. Paint it dark. Then it’s a small, dark, dramatic room. A cosy room. A room that isn’t pretending to be something it isn’t. You can, if you’re feeling really brave use gloss paint which will also reflect any light back rather than absorbing it back into itself.
The other thing is that dark walls will make all your artwork really pop and look amazing. And, it looks great under electric light, which, if it’s a small dark room, is probably on most of the time anyway. If this is a room with a television in it then the telly will disappear on a dark wall, which is a good thing as you don’t really want that to be the focal point of the room, and gives a slightly cinematic effect when turned on.
This room above belongs to the BBC journalist Simon Browning. He posted it on instagram and tagged me saying after reading about me wanging on about dark paint for so long he had decided to give it a go. Now before you all start shouting, he is going to do the skirting boards just as soon as he has a minute and I’m sure he will show us the result. Will which be amazing by the way.
Two things to note about this – one if it wasn’t for the reflection from the window you would totally not even see the telly. Result! And two the paint is Valspar Keep The Peace in case you were wondering. Simon says is a deep blue black sort of colour – it can be hard to tell on a computer so I am writing it down as well.
So what do you think? If it’s a small dark room you’ve got problems with then the chances are it’s not the one you are spending the most time in so you can afford to be bold. Although dark walls work brilliantly in large rooms too. My sitting room (featured the other day) has charcoal walls and it looks great in both natural and electric light. Remember my other tips about metallics, colour from your wardrobe, personal touches and unexpected details and you will totally be able to rock a dark room.
Who’s going to give it a go?