When faced with redecorating a small space, it’s natural to be drawn to light, bright neutral hues that you’ve been told will open up even the pokiest spaces. But choosing a brave, dark colour can be much more effective, creating a cool, dramatic look with an on-trend vibe. From moody hallways to sultry bathrooms, we’ve enlisted the help of some top designers from our SheerLuxe Interiors Panel, to give their tips on how to work dark shades into your home…

How To Use Dark Shades In Small Spaces

When faced with redecorating a small space, it’s natural to be drawn to light, bright neutral hues that you’ve been told will open up even the pokiest spaces. But choosing a brave, dark colour can be much more effective, creating a cool, dramatic look with an on-trend vibe. From moody hallways to sultry bathrooms, we’ve enlisted the help of some top designers from our SheerLuxe Interiors Panel, to give their tips on how to work dark shades into your home…

Love the white furniture and bright white fluffy towels next to the blue in the bathroom.

Paint Color Portfolio: Dark Blue Bathrooms

Traditional dark blue living room | Living room decorating | Ideal Home | housetohome.co.uk

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Blue and gray kid's bathroom features upper walls painted dark blue and lower walls clad in white ...

Blue and gray kid's bathroom features upper walls painted dark blue and lower walls clad in white ...

Glamorous bathroom with period details and a wooden floor  - Bateau Bath from Burlington Bathrooms.

Glamorous bathroom with period details and a wooden floor - Bateau Bath from Burlington Bathrooms.

The striking dual-toned walls in the kitchen – half light grey plaster and half dark blue paint – are a fresh take on classic wall panelling; the crisp dividing line is a modern replacement for a dado rail, and with the contrasting lighter shade gives the illusion of height and space. For a similar blue/black colour, try Farrow & Ball’s Railings (farrow-ball.com)

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The striking dual-toned walls in the kitchen – half light grey plaster and half dark blue paint – are a fresh take on classic wall panelling; the crisp dividing line is a modern replacement for a dado rail, and with the contrasting lighter shade gives the illusion of height and space. For a similar blue/black colour, try Farrow & Ball’s Railings (farrow-ball.com)

Rue Magazine (September/October 2010). Designed by Victoria Smith. Photographed by Tinywater.

Hot Fall Home Decor Trends

Rue Magazine (September/October 2010). Designed by Victoria Smith. Photographed by Tinywater.

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