Decorate with dark wall colours: black, charcoal, green & blue

It takes confidence and the right space to decorate with dark wall colours. There are a few hard and fast rules when taking this bold step but the end result will be absolutely worth it.

I have found the most inspirational interiors illustrating a few very important points to remember when styling around a dark wall. Feast your eyes on black, charcoal, green en blue wonder walls.

Black is black

This brick wall looks beautiful in black. It allows the grooves of the bricks to become a texture and I think it would work really well if you have an ugly brick wall dilemma. The metallic lamp shades contrast against the wall and have a rustic element that complements the dining room table. The black is echoed again with the high back dining room chairs.

The rule is that dark paint shows up all the imperfections on your walls so if you’re after a solid smooth finish you will need to cover any bumps and cracks. The imperfections however are what make this black brick wall so beautiful. cotemaison ombiaombia

 

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 Matt or gloss

 The pantry door frame on the left is painted in a gloss black and mimics the black subway tiles on the wall. It’s a beautiful way of reflecting light in a subtle way. The crisp white bathroom on the right has a classic feel with the black and white theme. The beautiful floor pattern adds texture. countryphiles dulux

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I dream in black and white

It’s a well known fact that light colours add a feeling of space in a room and dark colours make it feel smaller. I am almost certain this theory should be tested more intensely as dark colours add depth to a space in my opinion which is also a way of adding space. The high volume ceilings in the bedroom left have a lovely black focal wall with a larger than life white print to break it up. It gives a majestic feel to the room. On the right is an uneven wall that has been painted black and the texture created is simply lovely. lizmarieblog momolivingonline

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Modern contrast

Black shows off most dramatically against crisp white. Decorate with items that have beautiful lines like these hanging lamps or the desk lamp in the home office on the right. The designer chairs also add swag. smartfurniture styleonv

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Brush strokes

This paint technique is best achieved while using a cement-like paint. It leaves intentional brush strokes on the wall that adds stunning texture. Look at the dramatic black on the left and subtle grey on the right: the two create very different moods to the same room. zulily

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Grey matters

Charcoal grey is a bit more subtle than black while still being very trendy in interiors. I love the worn leather and tones of grey scatters combined with distress wood on the left. The wall is broken up with a few black and white prints suspended from bull-clips on metal wire. The crisp white floating shelves on the right with black and white accessories and bold fonts add a graphic element. bloglovin myscandinavianhome

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Retro pop

Shapely elements like retro furniture and even the bicycle in the picture on the right make the perfect accessories for a chic charcoal wall. I love the acid yellow colour pop of the retro sofa on the right. bloglovin marksandspencer

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Go green

Pantone’s colour of the year 2013 was Emerald. Since then we have seen stunning focal walls emerging in interiors and they are still popping up everywhere. Look at the quirky setting left with the fun sofa and embroidered scatters: the white standing lamp is being etched off against the green and extends the high gloss white floor. The jewel-toned sofa on the right adds a dash of color. The circular art on the wall is very fresh – try it! 79ideas ochre

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Reflective 

The fun green bedroom wall on the left was painted in broad stripes of matt and gloss paint, adding width to a narrow room. The collection of mirrors on the bathroom wall right shows off their shapes and is a great way to display a collection. sunainteriordesign abigailahern

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Blue Monday

Dark blue walls need a clever colour treatment in its accessories. Combining it with fresh Delft-like crockery in blue and white works beautifully while adding a touch of light distressed wood adds texture. madabouthouse remodelista

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Midnight blues

Add a midnight blue gallery wall to your home as a focal wall. Combine art in different sizes and frame styles contrasted with a shapely feature like this faux deer head. It plays with the negative spaces in between the objects and adds visual interest. The jewel tones of the still life with its beautiful deep blue wall has a bohemian feel. ikeadecora desiretoinspire

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I sincerely hope you have found your favourite dark wall colour in between these inspirational images of black, charcoal, green and blue. Now go forth and create some drama!

Happy styling,

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Dutch courage

In most Afrikaans suburban homes we grew up with a dedicated shelf to a collection of Delft crockery in the 80’s.

This beautiful and delicate pottery style from the 1600’s has since been updated by designers into a multitude of finishes. From the catwalk to bedding and furniture, Delft is celebrating cult status.

I lived and studied in Holland for a year after school and now have a Dutch husband. It’s just really sad that we don’t own any Delft – I’ll have to speak to my Mother in law about this!!

I have found a few very quirky items and ideas for you and hope they inspire!

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NEW Delft!

Traditional Dutch porcelain company Royal Delft have launched a new contemporary brand, Blue D1653, including this set by Arian Brekveld that looks as though the blue emblems have slipped down the rim of each dish.

Dezeen.com  Tumblr.com

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Delft plates spaced randomly on a dark blue wall makes a sophisticated statement. On the right is wallpaper with a plate print.

Bloesem Etsy.com

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For the fahionistas among us! Why not dress in Delft? I LOVE the shoes!

Dusty Burrito Modcloth Quilters crossing

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Upcycling at its quirkiest best – this is one of Kate Thompson’s creations. Picture on the right from moooi.com

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Dream in Dutch!

The bedding on the left is from Bloomingdales and the bedding on the right is from Studio Ditte

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Temporary tattoo from Etsy.com and this gorgeous bicycle I found on tumblr.com

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Art on the left is by Kim Joon and the lovely flower arrangement on the right is from Eurolux Antiques

Happy styling,

margaux