How To Make Dark Colors Work In ANY Room

Rethink your white walls. Now.

Courtesy of Erin Gates Design

Don't be afraid of the dark — these rooms will inspire you to update your space in a major way.

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt
Black Bathroom

This bathroom goes dramatic on only one wall, so the room is eye-catching without looking like you're entering Gollum's cave.

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Courtesy of Bethany Nauert
Chalk Wall

Now you don't have to worry about your kids drawing all over your pristine white walls.

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Courtesy of Erin Gates Design
Gray

Think gray is blah? Think again.

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dark gray dining room
Francesco Lagnese
Dark Gray Dining Room

Make your dining room feel even more formal with a deep, jewel-toned paint color.

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gallery wall bedroom
Luca Trovato
Moody and Eclectic Bedroom

This bedroom mounts flea-market finds against a black wall, while Genuine Fake Books wallpaper creates the illusion of more space.

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black lacquered cabinets
Maura McEvoy
Black Kitchen

In this New York City apartment, the kitchen's existing cabinets were lacquered in Benjamin Moore Black and accented with polished-nickel hardware for full-on Hollywood regency style.

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dark blue boy's room
Maura McEvoy
Deep Blue Bedroom

A small vase of flowers on the nightstand balances out the masculinity of this dark bedroom.

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elitis paradisio cristal
Jonny Valiant
Dark Blue Shimmery Walls

If playing with color seems daunting, try it out in your guest bathroom.

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ebony bone mirror
Amy Neunsinger
Black Lacquered Bathroom

The sexiest a bathroom has ever looked.

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dark brown boys room
Bjorn Wallander
Louis Vuitton Colors

This home owner matched paint and a Jonathan Adler Union Jack rug to colors on a Vuitton bag.

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dark blue library
Simon Watson
Saturated Library

A small space makes way more of an impact when it's all washed in a bold color, from walls to sofa.

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custom black walls
Eric Piasecki
Black & White

To offset black walls, choose lighter bedding, like this canopied white bed.

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dark brown study
James Merrell
Brown Grass Cloth Walls

Pink lamps instantly make brown feel more feminine.

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dark handpainted walls
Jonny Valiant
Dark Walls

Pops of color from pillows and decor help keep this bedroom from feeling too dark.

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dark blue breakfast room
Mick Hales
Dark Blue Breakfast Room

Dark blue walls make this breakfast room functional for day or nighttime dining.

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