Using Dark Colours

Over the last year I have discovered a new-found love for dark paint. If any of you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed :)

Image from Farrow and Ball

I’d always been a neutral girl until we moved into this house. I’m not sure if it was the high ceilings or the big, imposing fireplaces, but something told me neutrals weren’t going to cut it here.

My Pinterest boards were full of dark, moody shades – they seemed to create a real sense of drama and elegance. I know that most people think that dark colours will make the room feel smaller, I haven’t found this at all. In my experience they make the room feel grander and more luxurious .

Our first attempt at going dark was in our living room. We opted for Farrow and Ball Moles Breath which is a soft, warm shade of grey, which actually isn’t too dark at all. But as an ‘off-white’ girl before, this was brave for me!

IMG_4917.JPGIn my opinion, dark colours work best in a very matt finish. Although they can be tricky to work with, the end result is worth the extra effort! After the first coat my wall and cabinets were looking streaky to say the least (my mum had another s-word for it but we’ll leave that out)…but by the time the third coat had been applied I was in love with the colour and convinced dark was the way to go. Painting the shelves made a huge difference to the look of the room. The accessories were suddenly pulled together and seemed co-ordinated, whereas before they had looked unconsidered and just a bit messy.

Next, we turned our attention to the dining room. As we had knocked this room into the kitchen, I needed to be sure that whatever colour I picked worked across both rooms. The kitchen was fairly light, lighter than I had wanted, so I knew I could afford to go for a bold colour in this room. After several tester pots and a lot of people trying to talk me out if, we chose Little Greene Juniper Ash – it was perfect. I absolutely love this colour! Without a doubt it is the number one thing I get asked about on Instagram. I also in general really recommend Little Greene paints, I really like working with them. I thought it was going to take A LOT of coats to cover the red in this room but actually it only took two.


If I haven’t persuaded you yet, just wait until you see these beautiful photos that I’ve borrowed from Dulux, Farrow and Ball and Little Greene – these are some of my favourite dark shades. I am in love with Brinjal, a beautiful dark aubergine colour which is unlike anything else I’ve seen. I’m already trying to figure out how I can work this into my home somewhere..

Image via Dulux – Alpine View and Sapphire Springs 1
Image via Farrow and Ball – Brinjal
Image via Little Greene – Basalt

So what do you think, are you sold on darks or still unsure? Do you think they’re limited to certain rooms? I would love to see how you’ve used dark colours in your home so please tag me in your pictures on Instagram #darksoveratkates and I will share a few of my favourites on the blog.


10 thoughts on “Using Dark Colours

  1. I experimented with a darker colour alcove walls in the dining room by going for a deep, pinky, berry red. I loved the colour but it just sucked up what little light there was in the room. I’m not sure darks are for the house I’m in now but it’s not put me off them. I love stormy colours.

    I’ve been showing my uncle your Instagram pics and he loves the grey shelved wall and is thinking of incorporating something similar in his new house. Seeing as he has stripped his house to brick and rafters, and then rebuilt it all himself it is a very big compliment from him x

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    1. Ah I’m glad you haven’t been put off Claire. Im so flattered that your uncle is thinking about working in the grey wall into his home, what a compliment from a man who clearly knows what he’s doing! Thank you 🙏🏼 xxxx


  2. I am inspired and i love the Brinjal colour! I would recommend you using this on your downstairs toilet, think it would love lovely in a compact space. Love reading the blog! x

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  3. Beautiful photos – I’d love to know what colour paint you used in the rest of the living room (ceiling, coving, walls). I’m hoping to do something similar in my cottage. Thanks

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