By Neville Knott In association with Crown Paints
Hi Neville, I am re-doing my adjoining living/dining room at the moment and want to do something a bit different. I would love to try some darker shades but I’m nervous about making the room feel small. Any advice you have would be great! Thanks.
This can often be the fear when deciding whether or not to experiment with new colour palettes, particularly darker ones, as when used incorrectly they can make a room feel small. Balancing your colour choices will make sure this doesn’t happen and leave you with the look you are after and a new space you can be proud of!
I would suggest choosing the richer shades that you want to work with and then selecting your neutrals to complement these. One of my favourite pairings is Crown’s Classic Duck Egg with Coffee Shop. These work seamlessly together and will create the decadent atmosphere you want for your home. Depending on the size and shape of the space, having one colour dominant and adding trims and accessories in the other may be the best way to ensure the room doesn’t look overly busy.
To ensure the space doesn’t become too dark, I would suggest a feature wall in your chosen shade while bringing new life to additional walls with a creamy, rich natural such as Crown’s Sail White or Heathcliff’s Castle. Having an oversized, statement mirror on your feature wall will reflect the light from the other walls and make the space look larger and airier.
You can have some fun with your accessories and as above, I would recommend incorporating your second shade through these. Soft furnishings, rugs and throws provide the perfect opportunity to give depth to your design. Look for interesting fabrics to add to the look. Velvet, tweed and felts will all add interest and draw you into the room.
Lighting is the final element to consider. Floor and table lamps will allow you to create lots of different atmospheres and change the feel of the room depending on what you are using it for at any given time.
Hopefully this information will help and happy decorating!