How to Decorate a Dark Room

So, what is supposed to be your favourite room in the house, the one where you might spend the most time and the one that you envisage to be the most inviting and comfortable, is north facing and the light, well, just sucks. Moreover, living in the UK means that we’re not generally blessed with an abundance of sunlight that might at least try to creep in from an adjoining room. So, what to do when looking at decorating your rooms?

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Well, of course there’s the obvious: paint everything in a sunshine yellow. Er, yes, that is of course if you like yellow. If you don’t though (and I might be well off the mark here, but not everybody does!), then you will have to rethink your whole approach. Yes, your room might be on the dark side, but how about embracing exactly that? As they say, ‘if you can’t beat ’em join ’em’, right? Dark, when done the right way, can have real impact and look just as friendly as light colours. Pair dark grey walls with pops of warm colours like orange, red and warm yellows to soften the overall look.

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Break the dark with light. Dark walls look fantastic when paired with white accents and ceilings. The bright white ceiling and light flooring will reflect light back into the room and the pops of colour add some fun. This look won’t drain the light from your room, but rather emphasise the proportions and architecture of it.

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Another great way to ‘light up’ your room is by choosing reflective flooring options like dark, glossed wood or reflective tiles. These floors will bounce light right back into the room. If your room feels cold due to the light, it’s also important to add warming textures and natural materials. Wool and wood are great options to visually and physically warm up a cool room.

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Ok, so white really is the best colour (I know, I know, it’s not strictly speaking a colour) to use to lighten up your room. Pair it with black accents for a very chic, Nordic look that will say “I intended to make this room look cool” rather than ‘rubbish light’. Keep the furnishings simple and the accessories minimal to complete the look.

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Last, but by no means least, make sure you give your room some ‘life’ by including plants. Plants will always lift the spirit of the room and the people in it. They provide the natural touch which gives a room a friendly feel even on the greyest day.

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Originally from Paris, Carole previously lived in Germany and settled in London in 2009. Initially aspiring to become an interior designer, Carole soon discovered that she hated drawing floor plans, but loved putting the finishing touches in after the main build was done. Since then, she’s never looked back and has eked out a career as an in-demand interiors stylist here in the UK.