To the dark side

Deep blue, ma­roon, grey; dark colours are an atyp­i­cal choice for most in­te­ri­ors. But, done in­tel­li­gently, they add a touch of lux­ury, roy­alty and drama to your home

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Colours play an im­por­tant role in home de­sign. While most dec­o­ra­tors will tell you (and rightly so) that dark colours make a room look heavy and shad­owy, it’s pos­si­ble to use them in­tel­li­gently lend depth and char­ac­ter to a place.

Typ­i­cal home in­te­ri­ors veer to­wards pas­tel shades. But colours like char­coal, deep blue and brown can lend the kind of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to your home that paler colours wouldn’t.


To be­gin with, iden­tify the pur­pose of us­ing dark shades and which room they would work well with. Dark shades tend to make space seem com­pact, so choose a larger room rather than an al­ready small one. “Think of the TV show Mad Men and the homes in it,” ex­plains Bobby Mukherji, prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect of Bobby Mukherji & As­so­ciates. “From us­ing dark shades on one wall to off­set­ting a dark room with light up­hol­stery, the 60s style dé­cor com­bines light and dark re­mark­ably.” Anuj Sri­vas­tava, co-founder & CEO, Livs­pace, says you can re­strict a dark colour to just one side, mak­ing an ac­cent wall.

“Fur­ni­ture, ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails like stairs and pil­lars with dark hues can also do the trick,” he adds. “You can also use dark colours as paint and con­trast it with white ar­chi­tec­tural work like trims, doors, win­dowframes.”


Darker shades are more lux­u­ri­ous and re­mind one of roy­alty, os­ten­ta­tion and a by­gone re­gal era. “A touch of gold with ma­roon or green in your house is rem­i­nis­cent of the fur­nish­ings in Ra­jasthan,” says In­dia De­sign Head, Nolte. Think of Asian damasks, dark bro­cades, pur­ple in courtly paint­ings and deep reds that make the room seem grown up.

“Dark shades for walls in dif- fer­ent fin­ishes cre­ate a great back­ground for the fur­ni­ture or ac­ces­sories,” says Ashish Patil, Founder of ArchiLab De­signs. Even show­rooms dis­play­ing fur­ni­ture, art­work or ac­ces­sories typ­i­cally use darker walls to set off their ob­jects for sale. “This is be­cause dark colours at­tract more at­ten­tion and look dra­matic un­der light,” ex­plains Shami Gore­goaker, GA de­sign.


It would prob­a­bly be too much a good thing to paint ev­ery roo dark shade.

“Start with a small area – p haps the per­sonal study spa pow­der room, or even din area,” says Rimpy Pil­la­nia, s ior ar­chi­tect of Tribeca Devel ers and found­ing prin­ci­pal Avant Garde Stu­dio.

“A din­ing room in deep blu grey can act as warm and com fort­able space for din­ners.” your room gets lim­ited natur night, use dec­o­ra­tive lamps high­light key decor ob­jects an guide the space.

A trendy colour is Black Flam – a muted dark blue-grey tha worked well with tex­tured an aged leather.

“Use it to de­fine a piece, a doo frame or a kitchen is­land, ex­plains Parul Mit­tal, di­rec­tor o Green­lam. “Pair it with tans to cre­ate a rich look.”

But if your home is filled with sun­light, cre­ate a mono­tone through­out the space. “In ar­eas like the kitchen, the dark shade is par­tic­u­larly use­ful to hide spills and stains. “Dark colours are also widely used in liv­ing rooms and bed­rooms as they give a warm look to the house,” says Amit Shah, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Clas­sic Mar­ble Com­pany.


Re­mem­ber, us­ing dark shades is not nec­es­sar­ily about just the choice of colour. The paint fin­ishes too make a big dif­fer­ence in defin­ing the char­ac­ter of the room. Nomita Kohli, in­te­rior de­signer and owner of Wisma Atria In­te­ri­ors says, “in­fus­ing art such as paint­ings of sun­set or sun­rise or other themes in darker shades is a great idea”.

Charu Te­wari, CEO of Fi­cus Fine Liv­ing rec­om­mends back in-de­mand palettes that in­clud rich colours like deep rust, roya blue, deep pur­ple, bur­gundy an marsala ma­roon.

“Vel­vet cur­tains and so crushed che­nille make beau­tifu cur­tains es­pe­cially in parts of th coun­try that has cooler cli­mat and homes that are op­u­lent and grand,” she says.


Dark shades for walls cre­ate a great back­ground for the fur­ni­ture or ac­ces­sories Vel­vet up­hol­stery in dark colours will suit op­u­lent homes.


To use dark colours in a small space, use re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­als as much as pos­si­ble, so that they catch the light.


In ar­eas like the kitchen, a dark shade is par­tic­u­larly use­ful to hide spills and stains.

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