Dark kitchens work well when there is lots of natural light

Get the Look: Darker Design

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The revival of dark and gothic colours is moving quickly into interiors and we are seeing more instances of ‘dark design’ moving into our living spaces. Many of us get scared off by deep shades, worrying that rooms will feel small and claustrophobic, so our design experts have pulled together some top tips on making moody hues work in your home décor.

Mix with metallics for a contemporary look – brushed, or weathered metals work really well in spaces with a masculine or rugged feel, whereas polished metals are better suited to clean, modern interiors. If you’re on a budget, opt for new pans in a stainless steel or copper finish, and hang these on the wall. If you’re looking for a more extravagant display, look at steel fronted cabinets like the ones below.

Use metallics to brighten a dark space

Featured floor: Van Gogh – Charred Oak VGW102T

Use wall art or mirrors to break up solid colours. If you’re concerned about your space becoming too dark, there are lots of ways to incorporate light. Mirrors or reflective wall art pieces can be used to reflect natural light, making the room feel brighter.

Use reflective wall art to bring light to your space

Featured Floor: Van Gogh - Brushed Oak VGW88T

Mix dark and light to balance your interiors. By using a lighter floor covering, you can go all out when it comes to your walls, opting for on-trend shades such as ink blue, aubergine or even matt black! Furthermore, by teaming a dark wall with a light floor, your ceilings will seem higher as well!

Light floor

Featured floor: Da Vinci - Alabaster CC04

Add pops of colour to reflect your character. The moodiest interior can be given a playful edge by simply bringing in flashes of colour. Opt for brights rather than subtle shades, to ensure that your accessories make a statement. It’s also important to play with texture – matt, shine, powdered, waxy and gloss surfaces stimulate interest and add more depth to a space, giving a professionally styled feel.

Add flashes of colour to dark designs to display personality

Image source: Amara on Pinterest

Are you feeling inspired to take the plunge and buy the paint you’ve had your eye on all year? We’d love to see your completed designs! Don’t forget to share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram. If you need a bit more inspiration, check out our Pinterest profile here.

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