While pale and interesting will always be a go-to interior look, the other end of the spectrum has now gone mainstream. Deep moody shades in every room of the home is a huge trend, gaining momentum over the last few years and securing its popularity thanks to designers like Abigail Ahern who popularised this look with her legion of fans.

Warm Red Tone Bedroom

It started with the odd feature wall but slowly, we’ve seen entire rooms enveloped in cosy inky hues, natural textures comfortable against their moody backdrops, pops of bright colours engaging the senses and metallic’s gleaming like stars against a night sky.

If it’s a look you’d love for your own home, check out all our tips on why you needn’t be afraid of the dark.

Will My Room Feel Smaller?


The main concern most people have before committing to a dark colour is that it will make the resulting space feel a lot smaller. While this may be the case in some instances, you’ll find that the edges of the room, encased in that darkness, become inconspicuous and therefore tend to recede. It’s less of a feeling of claustrophobia and more one of cosiness and intimacy.

Start with a Feature Wall

Bedroom with purple bedding and black walls

Nervous about going to the dark side? The easiest way to see if darker colours are for you is to start simply with a feature wall in one deep hue. This will allow you to get a feel for the look and understand how colour and texture play a role in creating a successful space.

Wooden Bedroom Furniture with dark bedding

For Oak Furnitureland customer, @sofi.hole on Instagram, a dark wall offset her headboard perfectly, creating a cosy space that’s just begging for relaxation.

The Secret to Using Dark Colours Successfully

Bedroom with grey painted furniture

Whether you choose a deep slate grey, a rich burgundy or an enveloping midnight blue, the success normally lies not in the paint colour you choose but what goes against this velvety backdrop.

Whatever it is you place against it will draw the eye and so you best make whatever it is worthy of that attention. Objects and furnishings pop against darker backgrounds, more than they will a white wall, and colours appear bolder and brighter.

Take care when choosing your art and accessories – ensure they attract the eye and tantalise the senses. The more interesting and engaging your choices, the more the resulting room comes to life.

Why Texture is So Important

Grey Painted Office Desk and Stool

In a room full of warm neutrals, be sure to bring in plenty of texture to keep things from looking too flat and instead, creating a cosy and welcoming vibe. From woven wall hangings to knitted throws, hand-thrown ceramics to sleek polished surfaces, having multiple pieces in contrasting textures will add layers and interest to your space.

How to Light Up a Dark Moody Room

Chocolate brown leather reclining sofa

Aside from texture, lighting in a dark room plays a prominent role as well. Pockets of light in various areas of the room will create additional interest and allow you to play with the mood of the space. While your overhead lighting will play a role, consider adding other options by way of table and floor lamps as well as wall sconces which can illuminate various areas of the room that you want to draw attention to.

Finish off the space with a spattering of reflective metallic’s as well, from brass and gold to sleek copper and sparkling chrome in your lighting, hardware or accessories.

If you’re looking for more inspiration on using darker shades in your interiors, check out our post sharing some dark dining room inspiration or our top tips on styling your home with dark wood flooring.