10+ Dark Spaces That Will Make You Rethink Those White Walls

September 29, 2016

I think you’ll rethink those white walls once you see how beautiful a dark painted room can be! From black bathrooms to green offices, this is some lovely design inspiration!

Dark entryway with mirror and oil painting on wood table

The room in the very back of our house is known to our contractor as “the party room”. Pool table, giant TV, terribly ugly (yet comfy couch) – it fits the stereotype of a 1960s man cave completely.

I have a vision of re-doing it with a mix of equestrian interiors & moody styles. I am thinking of painting the walls a deep green or possibly dark gray, adding gold hardware, and lots of taxidermy. I want to create a cozy man cave that still says “we like to party”, but in a tasteful way.

I did something similar in our dark and moody entryway! I used the color Midnight Stroll by Clark & Kensington which is a verrrry dark navy. It turned out beautifully!

As I gathered inspiration for these rooms I noticed what a difference a white ceiling makes. As you can see below, rooms with the ceiling painted in a dark color as well as the walls, have a more dramatic effect. Yet, rooms with a bring white & crisp ceiling are much less dramatic.

I love the design below by M. Elle with the wood clad ceiling, rich gray walls, and built-in shelves filled with wood and books. I also love the bathroom spaces with dark walls, it accentuates the smaller spaces in a very elegant way, I think I might be considering something similar for our guest room!

Enjoy the inspiration below, and let me know what you think about dark walls in your home! 

This beautiful office features a pop of green – just enough and not too much.

Designed by Studio McGee

Perhaps the perfect charcoal color ever?

Lovely Design by Sr Gambrel | Sheer Luxe

One of my favorite designs of all time, it’s the perfect mountain rec room!

Designed by M. Elle Design

Black on black with gorgeous emerald green couldn’t be more beautiful!

 Milk Magazine | Graham Atkins Hughes

I love the use of multiple shades used here with the contrasting white chair and carpet!

Sheer Luxe | Benjamin Moore

Pretty sure this design speaks for itself. Amazing details here.

Mad About the House – Corian Basins

Pink and black are one of the most beautiful combinations! Perfectly designed.

Design by 47 Park Av.

Black paneling and bedding make this space rich and moody!

Source | Farrow & Ball

The marble detail against the gorgeous black wallpaper in this powder bath is stunning!

Ashley Goforth Design

A herringbone, gold, brick, and molding delight! Then throw in the black paint as the cherry on top!

Designed by Turbulences Deco

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  1. I painted my living room dark. I am in love with it. I would do it over and over again. My only regret is that didn’t go darker.

    • I think you are so right about that! I like the especially dark look in a bathroom, but I think living rooms need quite a bit of light to achieve the ‘look’. Thanks for stopping by Kathy!