How to Create Stunningly Bold Dark Interiors you will love

Dark Interiors Home Belfast

The tide is changing on our interior colour palette choices and there has been a real shift in recent years from white on white spaces to something altogether more dramatic. I’m talking colour and I’m talking darkness… I always say it but the colour you choose for any room is the most impactful thing you can do and when you take that tone low the results are pretty special.


How to get the look?

The most important step is to feel the fear and do it anyway – if you’re going to do it, do it whole heartedly The temptation is to dip a toe in and see how you feel, and this is where we see so many feature walls of fear appearing. Feature walls are not going to cut it with this look, you’ve got to go bold or go home. The spaces feel instantly elevated if we embrace it and paint all of the surfaces the same hue. Yes that is, walls, skirtings, architraves, radiators and even fireplaces if you have a design which lends itself to this – the bolder the better.


In our Kings Road house we zoned the spaces depending on what the rooms were to be used for, this is a really good starting point to working towards what type of feel you want in all the different rooms of your home. In this property we have a snug and dedicated chill zone – a space formerly known as the ‘living room’, oh but not anymore! It’s deep inky hues and cosy lighting make this the perfect place to unwind and relax – juxtaposed and separated by large sliding reeded glass doors with the more lively dining room which is a bit brighter but purposely so as it’s a more functional space. When the doors are open it is instantly inviting and when the doors are closed it makes it an even more chilled environment as it’s lovely and enclosed.

Style it dark

Style it up to get complete the look, whether you are into mid century modern, maximalism, minimalism, scandi or boho – dark hues to do lend themselves to most styles – the key is to be consistent in your style, choosing colours that compliment your main space and accessories that all tie together in some way or another. Art, botanicals, rugs, cushions and lighting break up the bold colour and all play a part in creating your ultimate home vibes. Dark walls are also a great excuse to introduce some feature colours or textures which will then really stand out. We have chosen this vintage Parker Knoll armchair with a ochre / mustard fabric draped over it to add a pop of colour. The brass metallic’s of the mirror and the lamp really pop against the backdrop also.

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 If you love this look a good local instagrammer to follow is @mydarkhome for even more dark interior inspiration – this home also featured on RTE’s home of the year and they are absolute experts at nailing this look.


I’d love to see your take on this! Tag me in your dark homes on instagram @dot_projects

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Photos - Esther Irvine Photography @estherirvinephotography

Donna Collins