The White-on-White interior trend has been the industry favorite for some time now. Joanna Gaines turned the design world around by pairing this trend with her contemporary farmhouse design style. However, it is a new season and with the changing of the guard a lot of interior designers are heading in a darker direction. Despite popular belief, inky dark colors such as bottom of the lake greens, browns, greys, blacks, and blues can actually open up a space, not close it in. These dark hues also have a tendency of making the room feel much grander than it really is.
White is normally the go-to for smaller rooms or apartments. But some interior designers disagree. Abigail Ahern, UK interior design expert, recently said “Most people think that small rooms or apartments with little or no natural light need to be painted white, but this can actually make a space more depressing,” Ahern states. “It doesn’t matter where you live: hot climates, cool climates, in the city, in the country, on the coast. Even if your space faces north or it is bijou with very little natural light, inky hues will give the space an instant Hitchcockian vibe and add oodles of interest.”
Now you are probably thinking, great now I have to redesign my entire room to fit yet another interior trend. Wrong. Adding darker hues does not need to be costly or time consuming. Changing the paint in a room is one of the most cost-effective ways to really transform a space. Switching it up and adding some darker colors brings an entirely new vibe to the room. It also adds a layer of coziness that will make you never want to leave.
Tips on how to incorporate those dreamy dark hues
As stated above, adding darker hues to your home does not need to be costly. By playing with your existing furniture and painting the walls an inky hue you can turn a once familiar space into something new and exciting.
Now, painting an entire room a darker color when you have been a fan of white EVERYTING for so long can be a little daunting. But do not fret, there are options for those who want to add that pop of drama without completely stepping out of their comfort zone. Accent walls & furniture are this option. They are a fun comprise for the less risky and will add that dramatic flair the darker hues tend to bring to a space.
Neutrals and whites will always be popular players in the game. But try not to limit yourself too just them. Forrest greens, deep browns, dark grey stone, & navy are all luxurious dark colors found within nature. Including any of these dark natural hues to a space will add a sense of drama without sacrificing that naturalistic feel neutrals and whites bring to the table. Interior design trends are ever changing and can be a lot to keep up with. However, stepping out of your comfort zone can bring a whole new sense of life to your home. So, add those dark inky hues, make that room feel grander than ever before, and reinvigorate your home. Trust me you will not regret it!