You got that big dark energy

Out In Desiugn dark colors

There is a preconceived notion around interior design that dark paint colors and accents close in a room.
I often hear things like:

“If we sell the place, people will want neutrals.” It’s paint, not permanent.

“I don’t want it to feel too small.” Don’t be a size queen.

“This will fall out of style.” So do we sometimes, it’s ok, people still love us.

Exploring darker colors can easily make the space feel more rich — accented with classic uplighting, bold artwork and unique dimmable light fixtures.

One of my all-time favorite places in the home to explore dark colors is a half bath. Taking an already smaller space and leaning into rich charcoals, aubergines, blues and my favorite of all, greens, is a fantastic way to be bold in your design approach. You can also consider dark hallways and take a trip to local antique shops to find mirrors for the perfect gallery wall.

Another way that you might step into a darker design is to explore accent walls. If you’re painting the room, I’d go all in and do the whole space.

Wallpaper on accent walls is fantastic. A previous featured designer in Out In Jersey was Jonathan Rachman, incredibly bold, adventurous, and unafraid of maximalist design. His advice for any amateur designer to transform a space is to find a uniquely patterned wallpaper and get that on the wall right away. Albeit hard to remove later, you can find some fantastic wallpaper that is just as easy to remove as it is to put up. Or if you do want to go pro, check out Mind the Gap for some fantastically unique wallpapers.

Now, if you’re still not ready to explore your darker side, consider using easily switched-out dark curtains, accent furniture, throw pillows and blankets, or lampshades. All are easy ways to get started.

Looking for some dark inspiration? While published in the early 2000s, the book Mood Indigo: Decorating with Rich, Dark Colors by Vinny Lee has some timeless design ideas that can easily be modified to fit today’s trends.

So come on, get started. I can tell that you have got that BDE energy.


Johnny Walsh
Johnny Walsh is Out In Jersey’s style and design editor. He is a pianist, writer, and entrepreneur who has performed in over 20 states and two countries. Johnny is passionate about human rights, creativity, and the arts, and longs for the sentiment of social justice to flow through his writing.