Thursday 5 January 2012

Dark and Moody Paint Colours

   We find January to be a month that is beautifully suited to collating new ideas and confirming old ones. So with that in mind, we thought we'd take you through a series looking at what we consider to be some of the very best paint colours available for four very different looks:


This week, let's start with Moody.

Although they won't be right to daub over every wall in your house, dark paints can work incredibly well under certain circumstances: for example, rooms that receive a good deal of natural light.....

Little Green's Juniper Ash

....or in spaces that are passed through quickly, rather than used for any kind of activity, such as a hallway....

Farrow and Ball's Downpipe

If you'd like to start experimenting on a smaller scale, consider painting a piece of furniture in a darker shade for an eye-catching statement.

Farrow and Ball's Dauphin has been used on the dresser in this kitchen.

 Moody darks also create drama when painted on kitchen cabinets. In the image below, Little Greene's Lead Colour has been used - perfect for hiding sticky finger marks.

Have you thought of trying out a rich, moody paint colour for your front door? Sanderson's Thundercloud looks gorgeous here:

You could also try picking out a feature wall in a deeper hue - perfect for less well-lit rooms, where you still want to create a wow-factor.

Both these images, above and below, have used Little Greene's Adventurer. Look how different the colour appears under different light conditions. On a feature wall with no internal corners, there is no space for the rich colour to build up its intensity, as there is if used in a whole room.

We're very happy to advise us here...

In our next post, we'll be showing you how a quick lick of paint can completely transform a tired and dated room into a  Swedish-style retreat.

Images via: Little Greene, Elle Decor, Goodchild, Little Greene,
The Guardina, Little Greene, Little Greene

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