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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Foliage inspiration for your home

After the Valentine’s flowers have wilted I thought it a good idea to do an inspirational post of leaves as flower arrangements.

It’s very trendy to show shapely foliage inside and the bonus is that it lasts much longer (usually anyway!)

It’s good in glass

Combining a collection of leaves, branches and even plants in interesting glass vases make a sophisticated arrangement. It’s also a great way to display vases that end up gathering dust while waiting for that special someone to bring you flowers.

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Simple but striking mantle piece

Add visual interest to a window sill, ledge or even mantle piece with a collection of different glass vases or containers with single fern leaves.

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Delicious retro

Nothing defines retro better for me than a Delicious Monster leaf. Group three together in a large glass vase and just look at the impression it makes on this dining room table.

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Liven up a collection

By adding living elements to a collection of art like these leaves and plants you are sure to create a show-stopper display. Subtle and simply gorgeous with a retro feel.

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Going Greek

Add a few olive branches to a outdoor plant container to create a bit of drama with a whimsical appeal.

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Meet my friend Penny

I have always loved Penny gum branches and this year I plan on planting my first tree so that I can place the fragrant leaves all around the house.

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Basket case

Why not add a few branches to a lovely hanging basket to liven up a dull corner in the home? Use branches that dry well and don’t loose their shape.

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Thoughtful gift idea

Friends of mine have started this trend that I think is very nifty. They bake a cake for a birthday boy or girl and put it in a beautiful glass dome to give to the person as a gift. You can also do this by giving a friend a glass vase with flowers or just a few branches of my beloved Penny Gum.

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Green with envy

This lovely green focal wall is complemented with the use of green foliage and the leaf print on the side plates. It gives the setting a botanical feel.

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Now go forth armed with your garden sears and see what lovely foliage you can find!

Happy styling,

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