Painting your walls a dark color can be a fun way to personalize your home and get a cozy cottage vibe, but choosing the right color and location can be challenging. Here are some tips and tricks to successfully pull off dark colored walls and make it less scary.

While lighter colors have been the go-to wall paint for selling homes, choosing a dark wall color lets you play around with the features of your room and still keep the aesthetic.

Know Where to Paint

Once you’ve tested different paint colors and decided what color to go with, now it’s time to paint. Dark colors are known to make a room look smaller so try avoiding painting more than one wall and keep your dark paint color as an accent. When you do this, it will make the room feel longer than it is.

Although there are no rules to where you should utilize dark paint colors, areas like your master bedroom, bathrooms, and living rooms will be a perfect area to paint.

If your walls have a low ceiling, paint the trim the same color as the walls – this will hide the trim and make your walls appear taller.

Choosing Décor

Similar to using dark furniture with light-colored walls, light furniture in a dark room will give the space the contrast it needs. Opting for lighter color shades like white, pearl, coral, or beige will be a great addition to bringing in more light into the room. There is also a current trend that focuses on blending in furniture with the wall color and using bright or golden décor items like vases, picture frames, rugs, and blankets to give contrast instead. Any option works great so choose what you’ll feel most creative with.

Another great tip is to add a large mirror to a wall opposite to your windows. This will reflect the light into the room, making it appear brighter and bigger.

Pick the Right Finish

When deciding on your paint color, choosing the right finish is as equally as important – especially with darker colors. Satin paint finishes tend to show flaws, like brush strokes, so you’ll be able to see it more on a darker color. We recommend trying a semi-gloss or matte finish instead.

How to Care for Your Walls

Dark-colored walls can stain easily depending on the finish, so you’ll need to care for it more frequently – especially in a high traffic area. Consider utilizing that wall only for looks by adding a tall bookcase or other pieces of furniture that can stop children and guests from staining the walls.

If your dark-colored walls are located in a high traffic area, you can use a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner and a sponge to gently rub the wall until the dirt and grime are gone.

If you are considering giving your home a nice elegant touch, The Painting Company is proud to help you reach your painting goals. We’re confident that our painters will meet and exceed your expectations. Contact us for a free consultation with one of our paint experts today!

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