Did anyone else feel the chill in the air this week or was it my imagination?  I think Fall has finally decided to grace us with her presence, right before Thanks Giving and I for one, am happy to see her!  And with that cooler weather comes visions of cozy blankets, hot soups, crackling fires.  I also find myself noticing paint colors that feel warm and enveloping, colors that invite you to curl up and stay a while.  It could be a result of the finale of a particularly grueling political season (let’s be real, no one enjoyed that) and there’s something comforting about a bedroom, especially that essentially wraps its arms around you and tells you that it’s all going to be ok.  So with that, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dark cozy bedroom inspirations.

We’ve touched on the Gray craze in a previous post and I still love it so much.  It’s a great neutral and these are great shades to start with if you’re nervous about going too dark

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But if you’re feeling really moody, you could step off the ledge a bit and go darker

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Some things to consider when you’re going this dark:

  1.  The amount of natural sunlight in the room-  Typically speaking, I don’t recommend colors this dark in a room with little to no sunlight.   It just becomes too cave light and can engulf a room.  However, there are ways to counter that….
  2. Notice that these rooms all have white or light accents to balance out the light.  It also creates a dramatic contrast to the depth of color on the walls.
  3. Also, MIRRORS!!!  I know you know this but it bears repeating.  If you have limited light or a highly saturated room, mirrors are a MUST.  Make sure they’re facing something worth reflecting or a specific light source, like a window for maximum effectiveness.

Grays are not the only option for dark moody rooms.

Blues and Teals and Greens…

 

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Keep in mind too, if the idea of painting an entire room such dark rich colors, you could always break it up by doing just an accent wall

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or using wainscotting

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Which is your favorite?

No matter what, don’t be afraid of color.  If you’ve got a color in mind, I always tell my clients to go with your first instinct.  Don’t get nervous.  After all, it’s just paint!!!

 

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