Dark Walls that Work
Dark colors can make the house more personal and more enjoyable. Photo credit: _overanalyzer
For years homeowners have
played it safe, painting their walls with only neutral tones. Perhaps it’s
because realtors have insisted for the past few decades that it’s easier to
sell a house when there are no discernable traces of personal taste that could
dissuade any buyers from seeing the home’s potential for their own style.
The truth, however, is that
while it may be easier to sell a neutrally hued house, it’s more enjoyable to
live in a house that reflects your true panache.
Deciding to paint your walls
with a bold color can be a bit daunting and leave you wondering if you’ll
choose properly. Will the darker color go with your décor? Will it be
overwhelming? Will it be something you’ll grow to love or regret?
The best aspect of interior
painting is that it’s relatively cheap and easy. If you don’t love what you’ve
done with the place one afternoon, you can change it the very next day. Don’t
be afraid to pick something bold and personal; paint isn’t meant to be a
One of the simplest ways to
incorporate more color into your walls is to choose one wall in a room that can
become an accent wall. You might also consider choosing one rich, dark color
and a complementary neutral tone and give the room a two-tone look by painting
the darker tone on the bottom half of the room and the softer color on the top,
separated by a bright white or wooden chair rail molding.
If you’re having trouble
envisioning which colors to choose, an easy option is to take a swatch of one
of the fabrics from a piece of furniture in the room with you to the paint shop
and have them mix a paint to match one of the minor shades in the swatch. You
may want to stay away from painting your room the same color as the major hue
in your furniture so as to not overwhelm the room with that one color.
As you begin to see how alive
your home feels with more daring shades in it, the inclination to darken or brighten
up other rooms will soon take over. No matter how you decide to do it, painting
bold, dark walls in your home can leave you feeling that you’ve experienced a
stroke of genius.
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