We can appreciate how cool dark walls look in a bedroom when we're browsing Pinterest but the notion of recreating them in your own home can be intimidating. Maybe it’s the old mantra that light colours make spaces feel larger, but that needn’t mean that moody shades are a no-go.
Darker colours are ideally placed in the bedroom, where nothing works better to create a sophisticated, intimiate and undeniably cosy space. Still not swayed? We’ve enlisted the help of interiors guru Sophie Paterson to share her tricks of the trade...
1. Personally I love a dark bedroom as it feels so much cosier and cocooning than a bright space. Dark wallpaper is a great way to add interest and a sense of drama.
2. If you do have dark walls remember to add contrast to this by using lighter table lampshades, headboards or pieces of art so that they have more impact against the wallpaper.
3. Dark doesn't have to mean masculine - dark aubergine and charcoal grey are the perfect gender neutral shade to ensure it feels appropriate for men and women.
4. Make sure you have variable lighting levels in a dark room so if you do want to have brighter light for getting ready etc. you can increase the light and it doesn't feel too dark and gloomy.
5. Dark walls are a great option if you're on a budget; they give you much more impact than lighter walls so you'll need less items, furnishings and art in the room to make it feel finished.
6. Finally, if you don't want to go to the expense of wallpapering, Victorian Purple by Zoffany is one of my favourite shades – its the perfect hue of greyish purple which always looks uber luxurious and dramatic wherever you put it.