One thing that we’ve been praising a lot recently are clean whites and the clarity of calming light tones. However, this time we’re taking a look at the dramatic power of dark walls.

This living room instantly shows the impact that painting your walls a dark colour can have. The dark greys form a luxurious and elegant backdrop to the living space and the clever use of white fabrics and wall art help provide a striking contrast that heightens the feeling of decadent chic.

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Whereas this wall display takes a slightly different approach by using complementary embroidered curtains to frame the artfully composed wall paintings. The select use of clean whites are used to make the blues of the walls richer and crisper.

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You shouldn’t be scared of using the power of dark walls in other areas of the house either. This kitchen basks in the dark glory of the luxurious black walls and the whole effect is kept from being too gloomy by the high ceiling and the choice use of brightly coloured ornaments.

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And once you’ve decided to paint the walls a darker shade, you’ll find the colour choices are so much more exciting, as evidenced by this fabulously painted green kitchen, which looks so chic when matched with the clean white trim.

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Just to remind you that dark walls don’t have to be austere and dull, this kid’s playroom uses a black wall to maximum effect; as both a night sky collage space and a blackboard!

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