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Bold, Dark Colours in Residential Painting

January 18, 2018

Let an Interior Painting Business Paint Your Walls in Rich, Dark Colours

Ask any interior painting business, and they will tell you they’ve seen it all—because they

 

have. Walls in the wildest colours, patterns, and shades; anything the customer wants! But one thing many people can’t seem to reconcile is the idea of dark, rich colours in residential painting. Well, we’re here to change that by making the case for why you should consider chocolate browns, navy blues, charcoal greys, deep purples, and more. We guarantee, by the end of this article, you’ll want to come over to the dark side.

It Needs to Be the Right Room

Right off the bat, a dark colour can create a feeling of drama, or intimacy, but seldom a feeling of boredom. Before you do anything else, you need to pick the right room to exercise these effects on—a den quickly becomes a parlour, or a bedroom a chamber, when decked out in deep, rich, dark tones, so choose wisely before beginning your residential painting project.

Go for Contrast

A room that is nothing but dark colours quickly becomes as dull as a room that is nothing but white—only with a greater potential to become dim and depressing. Instead, use a dark colour to offset lighter shades throughout the room. One of the easiest ways to do this is by leaving trims and molds white or a lighter colour (or turning the tables and using a bold shade on the trims to add some light to a room). An interior painting business can also use colours to highlight bright architectural features, accent pieces, mirrors, window hangings, or art, creating balance.

Always Be Mindful of Lighting

What’s the biggest difference between baby blue and navy blue? Apart from being drastically different shades, poorly-lit navy blue can easily appear to be dull, colourless, or even black (which itself is a bold colour choice when done right, but if you had wanted black walls, you wouldn’t have painted them navy blue). The right lighting—including lamps, fixtures, and natural light sources—makes a world of difference, bringing out the detail in your colour palette, and making it look its best.

Hold Nothing Back

In residential painting, there are very few truly bad ideas (though, trust us, they’re out there). Mostly, there are just poorly-executed ideas. Choose a room, choose a dark shade that creates the feeling you’re going for, and make a plan. Decide how to balance out light and dark, how to light it, whether you want a dark accent or the whole room, and once you know all these details, go for it. After all, it’s your vision, and an interior painting business will be glad to help breathe life into it, no matter how bold. 

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