15 dark living room ideas to inspire a dramatic color scheme (2022)

Dark living room ideas are only increasing in popularity. Once reserved for old houses with high ceilings and opulent decor, these moody, dramatic hues have gone mainstream, gracing the walls, floors and ceilings of homes of all shapes and sizes. These inky hues are everywhere, so naturally, we wanted to pull together all our favorite dark rooms that are sure to tempt you to leave behind your love of neautrals and try something a little darker.

Dark living room ideas

'There are plenty of ways to create drama and add depth to a space when using dark colors. Before decorating a space, I always start by considering the natural light. In this case, it is really important to figure out whether the room is south-facing or north-facing.' advises designer Kelly Wearstler.

'South-facing rooms tend to get a warmer light, which means some colors can show up a bit on the yellow side. To counteract this, I recommend using a dark color with a cool base. Meanwhile, north-facing rooms are a lot darker. But, this doesn’t mean you can’t use a dark color for decorating! Dark colors are a great way to create a cozy space, just use a dark color with a red base to add some warmth to the room.'

From dark greys, forest greens, and everyone's favorite, navy blues, all of these living rooms prove that dark colors can work with all style, in any sized room. In a small living room they have a lovely cocooning effect, that contrary to popular interior design beliefs, can make a space feel bigger. And in larger living rooms, dark walls have an elegant feel, especially when paired with opulent decor and gold accents. So we say it's time to move on from all-white walls and grey furniture and test out some of these sumptuous dark living room ideas...

1. Go all over with a dark petrol blue

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Painted ceilings have been a trend for years now, no longer need they be painted some version of white, treat them like you would your other walls and paint them to match. There's a tendency to keep ceilings light as this is a well-known trick for making ceilings appear higher, but in fact, matching dark walls to a dark ceiling blurs the boundaries of the room and creates the illusion of taller ceilings.

2. Make color pop against a dark living room wall

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Dark walls accentuate color more than white ever would, so despite their deeper hue, shades like dark grey and navy blue work wonderfully in a colorful living room scheme. Splashes of bold color or even a stark white will create a lovely contrast and lift a dark living room.

'Darker colors act as a great backdrop behind a bright contemporary painting or antique tapestry, making pieces stand out dramatically - so think about where your most treasured and stand-out piece of art is, and use a dark wall to make it pop.' recommends Kelly Wearstler (opens in new tab).

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3. Reflect light with a silvery dark grey living room

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Grey living rooms are a classic but opting for a steely, silvery grey paint with a slight gloss finish is a fresh, stylish take. And paired with brown? It shouldn't work but the warmer tones of the sofa and rug in this dark living room add a softness to the otherwise all-grey space.

4. Blend built-in storage into the walls

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Be inspired by this fabulous modern home in Stockholm and blend built-in storage and shelves into the wall by matching the color to the walls. Again, the dark grey shades provide the perfect backdrop for books and decor, plus is a really easy way to make a TV less of an obvious feature in a living room too.

5. Play with pattern

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How fabulous is this dark blue living room? Despite sticking to an almost monochrome color pallette there's so much pattern and texture going on to create a very cool, eclectic feel. Going all over with the very deep blue adds drama and atmosphere to the room and the mix of animal prints brings even more eccentric glamour while also giving the space a lift.

6. Mix black walls with gold accents

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Black and gold are an iconic color duo and we love the opulent, often slightly gothic vibe they both bring to a room. In this dark living room, the dark walls, ornate gold mirror and chandelier, plus all the taxidermy going on certainly nod to the Victorian gothic style but the fresh white used for the ceilings and the floorboards, plus the simple contemporary design of the rest of the furniture make this room feel fresher and more liveable.

7. Embrace the trend for dark green living rooms

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Green living rooms are having a bit of a moment right now. We are seeing more sage, olive, and emerald spaces than we are grey and we are being drawn in by these mood-lifting tones. A deep, velvety forest green can be a great choice if you want to create a dark living room. Not as intense as a charcoal grey or as obvious as a deep blue, a green adds depth and intrigue, plus you can tone down the dark side if paired with the right colors too – case in point in this living room with the lovely blush pink and white.

8. Expand a small living room with dark colors

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While it may be a truth universally acknowledged that light colors expand small spaces, as this small living room proves, the same can be said about dark colors. Going for a dark paint on the walls and ceiling blurs the edges of the space making it appear larger, plus you create a very sophisticated but cozy atmosphere that's perfect for a living room.

As Kelly Wearstler says, 'I always say, just because a room is small, does not mean it needs to be white or light - don’t be afraid to use dark, moody tones in a smaller room. Darker colors can have a beautiful impact, and make a room seem larger and full of character.'

9. Bring together deep rich tones

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Dark living room ideas aren't all about greys and blues, there are a plethora of rich warm toned shades that create just as dramatic (if not more) spaces. The deep burgundy tones used on the ceiling and plum shade of the carpet in this living room create such a cozy, eclectic space full of personality and quirk.

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10. Paint a ceiling a moody hue

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Want to just dip your toe into dark interiors? A feature wall is an obvious choice, but feature walls can look a bit blah, especially with a dark color because it will look so stark against white walls. So instead of a feature wall, paint a feature ceiling in a deep hue. See how this dark living room still feels very neutral and fresh with crisp white walls and pale wooden furniture but the dark ceiling brings the drama without totally overwhelming the room.

11. Match furniture to the walls

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A monochrome scheme makes a dark living room extra dramatic. Choose a single color and bring in a few different shades to create a really enveloping space with lots of layers and textures. Take inspiration from this space and pair a deep grey/blue wall with matching soft furnishings, just be sure to add lots of tactile fabric, as can be seen here with the velvet, the fringing, and drapes; it's this mix of textures that are going to add interest to the room.

Our guide to the best sofas of the year has plenty of seating options that come in a wide range of upholstery options to make toning your furnishings in with a deep dark wall color easier.

12. Go for a soft jet black

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Going all over with a jet black might sound intense, but in the right space, with the right black it's not as a statement as it sounds. Example; this black living room, with its high ceilings, wall-to-wall bookshelves and large mirror, the dark hue doesn't seem intense at all. It's helped by the fact it's a very soft black and it's paired with pops of color, plus by painting every surface black there's a very modern feel, despite the period features.

'If you want to make it look really modern though you shouldn't pair it with white which will be too high contrast.' says Kate Watson-Smyth a.k.a Mad About The House (opens in new tab). 'Paint the woodwork to match - this will make your walls look taller and your ceilings higher. In the same way you don't wear a white top with everything in your wardrobe, don't default to white woodwork when you have spent so much time and money searching for the right color for your walls,'

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13. Bring in brown tones

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Yes, brown tones. Bitter chocolate, warm toasty espresso, deep sandy shades are having a revival and have shed their 70s skin and become a very stylish hue that's perfect for adding warmth and depth to a living room. Pick your shade carefully however as it's a tricky color to get right, make sure you order swatches so you can test it out in your space. And think about what colors you will pair it with so you can look out for the right undertones.

Here Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab) London Clay, a deep plum-toned brown is made even more purple by being paired with purple throw cushions.

14. Paint the floor

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If you can't part with your neutral walls, add deeper tones on the floor. If you have wooden floors, paint them in a darker color to contrast those pale walls and take the color onto the woodwork too, as seen in this dark living room, for a really cohesive look. If you don't have wooden floors or don't want to commit to painting them, try a larger area rug in a dark color or pattern for a similar effect.

15. Add jewel tones to a dark living room

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Rich tones complement dark walls in this modern rustic living room, adding warmth to the cool-toned blue/grey and enhancing that cozy, cocooning feel. The deep reds in the Persian rugs break up all the blue too, creating the perfect amount of contrast and mixing in some traditional style with the rest of the minimalist, contemporary pieces.


What Colours for a dark room? ›

Go for pale shades of grey and blue for maximum lightening effect. If it's warmth you're after, don't be afraid to use light terracotta or yellow paint colours – a sunny hue can brighten and warm a dark, dingy space. Just be careful not to clutter the room with brown furniture so the scheme doesn't become overpowering.

How do you embrace a dark room? ›

  1. Go for contrasting colors in a dark living room. ...
  2. Embrace dark colors in a small living room. ...
  3. Go for a gorgeous gray color scheme. ...
  4. Light up a dark living room – artificially. ...
  5. Go for white walls – and surround yourself with natural materials. ...
  6. Opt for a symmetrical layout. ...
  7. Create a feature wall.
27 Jun 2021

How can I make my living room pop? ›

10 Tips to Make Your Living Room Pop
  1. Stick with neutral colors on high end pieces (sofa, rug, etc.). Neutral does not mean boring! Bring in patterns with your rug. It will ground your space.
  2. Add pops of color with accent pieces like pillows, etc.
2 Jun 2014

What colors make a room look bigger and brighter? ›

So, what colors make a room look bigger? For an optimum effect, go with soft tones like off-white, blues, and greens, and always remember that brighter rooms feel bigger and more inviting. And here's another hack: Try painting your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your walls.

How do you make a small dark room look bigger and brighter? ›

From painting the ceiling to layering in accessories, we asked them for some tips to help you let the light in.
  1. Paint Your Floor White. Courtesy Dan Mazzarini. ...
  2. Choose a Bright Rug. ...
  3. Ditch the Heavy Curtains. ...
  4. Select Bright Art. ...
  5. Hang a Mirror. ...
  6. Try a High-Gloss Ceiling. ...
  7. Take Your Room's Temperature. ...
  8. Incorporate Metallics.
20 May 2022

What color makes room brighter? ›

In the end, you cannot go wrong when using white, blush pink, taupe, pale blue, light green, or bright orange in trying to make your space appear brighter and bigger! No matter if you are looking to redecorate your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or even living room, these colors are the perfect option for you.

What color paint makes a room look bigger? ›

Naturally, white is an obvious choice for making a room feel bigger. It's no secret that light colors make a room look larger, especially if the space is bathed in natural light. Eggshell or satin finishes will help reflect the light, creating the appearance of even more space.

What colours are in for living rooms 2022? ›

Green, grey, and navy are the most popular living room colours for 2022. New research by Swyft Home found that we are making bolder choices in our living spaces, embracing bright and rich shades, as well as some more unexpected colours.

Which two Colour combination is best for living room? ›

Purple and pink, teal with white, yellow with grey, yellow with blue, green with teal, and brown and white are some of the best color combinations for living room.

What goes with a dark room? ›

Bold bright colours can look a little more sophisticated in a dark room, whereas they may go Play School in a sun filled room. A rich azure blue, a verbena pink or arsenic green would look rocking. Then sprinkle a little monochrome and metallic throughout for a little added spohistication.

How do I add color to my brown living room? ›

A bright pink rug is the perfect way to add color to a living room with a brown color scheme. If you love vintage decorations, try placing old framed photos on the end table next to your couch! This living room smartly balances its dark blue walls and dark brown couch with white tulips and gold frames.

How do you add color to a black and white room? ›

To add a pop of color to a black and white living room, try placing houseplants on either side of your couch. If you want to add some brightness to a black and white couch, try using a few yellow accessories, like a throw blanket or a pillow. A diamond patterned rug is an elegant addition to a monochrome living room.

What colors make a room look cozy? ›

Cozy colors are saturated tones, and they tend to be dark shades of a warm hue, such as red, orange, and gold. A cozy color also can be a neutral, such as chocolate brown, caramel, fawn, or charcoal.

What color ceiling makes a room look bigger? ›

White Ceilings

White is often used as a ceiling color because it complements almost every shade on the color wheel and works well in most color schemes. White reflects light, brightening the room and making it appear larger.

Do rugs make a room look smaller? ›

Add one large rug to create a transition from one part of a room to another. This creates the illusion of two smaller rooms. You also can place one or more rugs to create a further illusion of divided areas in the room.

How can I brighten a dark hallway without natural light? ›

Here are our top tips for decorating and brightening dark hallways.
  1. Paint the internal face of your door. A heavy wooden door will absorb light instead of reflecting it. ...
  2. Use light from adjoining rooms. ...
  3. Use mirrors to reflect light. ...
  4. Light colour schemes. ...
  5. Declutter. ...
  6. Skylights. ...
  7. The bannister and stairs. ...
  8. Embrace the darkness.

What color makes bathroom look bigger? ›

So what colors make a bathroom look bigger? According to basic design principles, light colors such as white, crème, pastel blue, gray or yellow will visually expand a room, while dark colors such as a deep red, green or brown, will make a room feel smaller.

What is the best Colour for a dark hallway? ›

Dark-coloured paint makes for a dark hallway. So, choose a shade that will help the space feel light and airy. A light grey like Rock Salt will lend your hallway a contemporary feel, like you might find in the reception of a boutique hotel. In fact, any kind of pale neutral would work well.

Should every room in the house be the same color? ›

As a general rule of thumb, you should never paint your entire home one singular color. That isn't to say that you can't use the same color in some capacity throughout your entire home; however, it shouldn't be the primary wall color in every room.

What does a purple bedroom mean? ›

Purple (Light & Dark)

Depending on the shade of purple, from light to dark, it represents a sense of creativity and luxury within the bedroom, which can decrease in sleep because of how bright or vivid the shade can be to the eyes.

What colour is on trend 2022? ›

According to fashion's top designers, we're in for a very regal 2022. Just look at the color palette! Royal purple, jewel-tone teal, and burning red are all trending hues incorporated on the Fall/Winter 2022 runways, each with its glamorous style.

What is the new decorating trend for 2022? ›

For furniture design trends in 2022, look for curves, texture, and comfort. You'll see lots of curved chairs, sofas with gently sloping arms, and round poufs in velvet, linen, and nubby boucle fabrics. In addition to natural wood tones and vintage pieces, we'll also see a return of black accent pieces.

What is the new wall color for 2022? ›

October Mist by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore's pick for color of the year 2022 is a soft, silvery-green called October Mist 1495. This botanical shade mimics the pale green of a flower stem and serves as the foundation for the brand's larger 2022 color trends palette.

What is the best 3 color combination? ›

Sets of 3 colors that go great together

Yellow, red, and blue. Green, orange, and purple. Teal, magenta, and gold.

What 3 colours go well together? ›

Three-Color Logo Combinations
  • Beige, Brown, Dark Brown: Warm and Reliable. ...
  • Blue, Yellow, Green: Youthful and Wise. ...
  • Dark Blue, Turquoise, Beige: Confident and Creative. ...
  • Blue, Red, Yellow: Funky and Radiant. ...
  • Light Pink, Hot Pink, Maroon: Friendly and Innocent. ...
  • Navy, Yellow, Beige: Professional and Optimistic.

What is the most popular color for living room furniture? ›

Modern Grays & Whites

According to many interior designers, white is the most famous living room color of the year. Even though white walls have been dull and boring in the past, it seems this year is all about serenity and calmness. Popular Living Room Whites & Grays to Consider: Sherwin Williams Modern Gray.

What is the most popular sofa color? ›

Gray, the most versatile of colors, has taken the crown as the most in-demand sofa color of the year, following an average of 67,971 monthly searches, recent reports * suggest.

What is it like to be in a dark room? ›

A darkroom is a space that feels different from anywhere else in the world. Once you've shut the door to the outside world, the dim red light heightens all your other senses. You switch your phone off, speak quieter and concentrate on your work, moving with more purpose.

What is the term for dark room? ›

darkroomnoun. A dark room, where photographs are developed. darkroomnoun.

Which wall should be a dark accent wall? ›

Go with a color that is darker than the other walls in the room. A darker hue will contrast with the lighter walls and pull eyes straight to it, which is what you want. A good rule of thumb is to paint the accent wall the same color as the other walls, but 2 shades darker.

Which wall should be painted darker? ›

Paint walls opposite windows a cool, dark color to absorb light in too-bright rooms. If you want a brighter room, paint a dark color on the window wall with lighter colors opposite to reflect light back into the room.

How can I lighten a dark room without natural light? ›

15 ways to fake natural light
  1. Use mirrors. Mirrors' reflective properties can make your room feel larger and brighter. ...
  2. Utilize soft and warm hues. ...
  3. Use neutral colors for furniture and walls. ...
  4. Add gloss to furniture surfaces. ...
  5. Opt for light colors. ...
  6. Keep windows unobstructed from furniture. ...
  7. Avoid clutter. ...
  8. Add subtle light fixtures.
23 May 2022

What colour goes with black in a living room? ›

On walls white, off-white and neutral tones are best to create a monochromatic contrast against black. Light grey also helps to offset the darkness of black. Colours that go with black in terms of furniture are best in brighter accents of jewel tones of emerald green, burnt orange and sapphire blue.

How do you make a dark room cozy? ›

It turns out there are six easy things you can do to make a dark room feel so much brighter.
  1. Commit to light furniture. ...
  2. Sprinkle in some color. ...
  3. Load up on lighting. ...
  4. Hang a mirror. ...
  5. Don't forget a few plants. ...
  6. Choose the right art.
1 Jul 2019

How can I make my house feel nice? ›

9 easy ways to make your house feel homey
  1. Wake up your walls with artwork. ...
  2. Pep up with plants and dried flowers. ...
  3. Consider underfoot comfort with rugs in proper sizes. ...
  4. Clean, declutter and find a place for everything. ...
  5. Layer lighting and use more candlelight. ...
  6. Invest in home improvements that can improve the quality of life.
22 Jan 2019

What Colour is best for a dark hallway? ›

Dark-coloured paint makes for a dark hallway. So, choose a shade that will help the space feel light and airy. A light grey like Rock Salt will lend your hallway a contemporary feel, like you might find in the reception of a boutique hotel. In fact, any kind of pale neutral would work well.

How do you make fake light look natural? ›

How to Make Artificial Light Look Natural - YouTube

How can I decorate my living room with no windows? ›

How Do I Decorate a Room with No Windows? - YouTube

How can I lighten a dark room without paint? ›

Glass and mirrors reflect light, illuminating dark corners and making the room feel light and airy. Place a large mirror opposite a window. Add gold or silver light fixtures, picture frames and knickknacks. Choose tables, chairs and other pieces that have high-gloss finishes.

What colors pop with black? ›

Best Colors to Pair With Black
  • White.
  • Fuchsia.
  • Purple.
  • Mustard Yellow.
  • Olive Green.
  • Gray.
  • Rust.
  • Orange.


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