Painting your home takes a lot of forethought and effort. Some people may be deterred from daring to do dark walls in small spaces because they have heard that it will make the space seem smaller than it is and that it will be difficult to cover up. But, that's not necessarily true.
Read on to not only find numerous reasons why dark walls are great in small spaces, but also find tips on how to make them work for you!
What Makes Them Awesome
Ironically, dark walls in small spaces can make the room appear larger. Applying a deep blue to your tiny powder room will mask the corners, which will make it seem larger. It will also seem larger because of the added shadows and depth, as well as the fact that it will be harder to tell where it begins and ends. These hues are good for hiding imperfections, too.
As an added bonus, these colors also do not require as much accessorizing as their lighter counterparts. Actually, less is usually more in cramped quarters. So, all you really need is a stunning and strategically placed mirror (or two) to help give the illusion that there is more than meets the eye by creating an infinite look and reflecting the natural light.
Plus, deep colors are often synonymous with royalty and elegance. Taking the leap can add extra flair, and take your room to the next level. These shades also tend to be warmer. This means the area will appear more cozy and inviting. People will be more focused on the amazing, dramatic color than they will be on the size of the room.
Ways to Make Them Work
Don't just throw on any old forest green paint on your walls. Do it the right way.
Say No to Flat Paint
The higher the gloss factor is, the easier the paint is to clean and the more light it will reflect. course, you don't want to use a high-gloss paint either, as these just aren't optimal for interior walls. You want a happy medium.
In most cases eggshell or semi-gloss will work, using the latter for more shine or in areas you know will be prone to getting dirty.
Try a Pattern
Even in a small space, there are many ways you can incorporate a pattern into your dark walls. You can try different textures using special sponges or rollers, use a stencil for a pattern, or create something freehand if you are skilled enough.
Patterns can help add depth, too. Vertical stripes are the prefect way the make your ceiling appear taller, or use horizontal stripes to create a longer-looking room. Keep patterns big though. Using tiny patterns will make it too busy and add to the claustrophobic feeling.
This is also a great way to add a pop of color. You could also use this to help brighten it up if you feel you did not achieve the desired effect.
Strike a Balance
Daring to do dark walls in small spaces means balancing it with other (lighter) colors. You can do this with area rugs, furniture, or other accessories. You just do not want the richness of a plum paint color to drown out the room and make it seem smaller than it actually is.
You can also help to offset a bold black by using a lighter hue for the trim. Doing so around the moldings can also help to add depth. Ideally, you want everything to be in the same color family. By doing so, the area will appear to be more open since they will blend and the eye will not be drawn into different directions.
Incorporate Ample Lighting
You want to ensure the room is well lit. You do not need to add a skylight to alleviate the issue. There are many creative ways to add light artificially. This could mean adding more light sources such as lamps, or perhaps just getting bulbs that are a higher wattage.
You can try accenting your awesome paint job with sconces that compliment it and keep the area adequately lit.
Covering it Up (Not that you would want to!)
Stop letting the fear of the future prevent you from going bold. As far as covering up your chocolate kitchen is concerned, many paints come premixed with primer, which will make things a lot easier when the time comes. Or, you can always roll on a coat of primer to ensure the old chocolate does not show through the new marshmallow coat. One other option is to put some good old-fashioned wallpaper over it.
Many hardware and paint stores carry small sample containers that will allow you paint a portion of your den to see how it will look before you go all in. If you decide to do this, you want to wait and see how it looks in all (natural and artificial) lighting throughout the day and night. There are also websites and applications that can help you with this, however, we all know things can look different in person.
Worrying that a room is not large enough is no excuse not to dare to dark walls in small spaces. In fact, it is just the opposite!