THE DARK SIDE for an elegant take on interior colors, go for the dark end of the color spectrum. the darkest of colors connotes sophistication (think: “black-tie affair”), goes with anything, and never goes out of style. here’s how to use dark shades at home. 1. Use black in small doses. black or charcoal paint does tend to absorb heat, so best to use this on a feature wall, within shelves and niches, or in accent pieces of furniture. 2. For “safer” dark shades, try chocolate brown
or gray. they are still dramatic, but are easier to pair with different furniture styles. 3. Light it well. a poorly lit, dark-colored room does get a bit tunnel-like, especially at night. make sure you have proper general or ambient lighting in the space. 4. Add living plants. fresh flowers or potted plants add life and color to a dark room, keeping the space from looking too masculine.