Going to the Dark Side

{Philip Gorrivan}

Lately, I’ve been increasingly drawn to dark walls, particularly in high gloss finishes. There is something rather glamorous and cozy about a room with bold, dark walls. It is as if the room is enveloping you. So, would you? Could you go the dark side? If so, in which room would you paint the walls a dark color?

In the Office:

office amy fine collins{Amy Fine Collins via ELLE DÉCOR}

office ashley edwarss


office monique lhuillier

{Monique L’huillier’s Home Office as seen in ELLE DÉCOR}

office todd romano

{Anthony Todd Romano}


{Lisa Epley as seen in Paper City}


In the Living Room:

{Philip Gorrivan}

miles redd habitually chic

{Miles Redd}

molly sims

{Molly Sims SoHo Apartment Decorated by Kishani Perera}

In the Bedroom:

bed ashley goforth luxe and lillies

{Ashley Goforth}

bed domino2

{Jenna Lyons’ Bedroom as seen in Domino}

bed marie claire maisonsarahlavoine2

{Marie Claire Maison}

bedroom courtney giles

{Courtney Giles}

bedroom mary mcdonald

{Mary McDonald}

In the Kitchen:

black kitchen windsor smith - Copy

{Windsor Smith}

kitchen matthew quinn

{Matthew Quin}

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  1. I think white rooms can be beautiful, but personally, I think nothing compares to the glamor and sexiness of a dark walled room. Your examples are gorgeous. My office will definitely have a deep, dark hue on the wall. And I’m really pushing for something dark in the kitchen. My husband wants lighter walls in the bedroom, so I think I’ll have to compromise somewhere… (We’ve yet to buy a house, so this is all in my head right now.)

  2. I am going through a dark room phase at the moment, but I’m not sure if I can convince the husband. He says ‘But what if we try to sell the house?’ and I say ‘Are we moving then?’ and then he says ‘No.’ This conversation goes round in circles! I want to challenge people’s ideas that all rooms should be light bright and airy. What is a bedroom if not for sleeping and being cozy in? Toying with the idea of making my office dark too…

  3. Oh I love the drama Paloma.

    I have deep teal/blue in my entry and office/den. I am adding color with yellow & turquoise.

    Art by Karena

  4. I definitely have a thing for dark walls! Our living room is painted “Mink” by benjamin moore, and we are going to paint our office “hale navy” also by bm. I am trying to go lighter in other rooms, but seem to always be drawn back to the dark, rich paint colors!

  5. Some beautiful images indeed! I too have been drawn to dark walls…and since I am going with a charcoal butlers pantry and a mega sized black island in my kitchen..some of my “dark fantasies” (gotta be careful with that and how it sounds…lol) are coming to realization…love the instant drama they provide and its a gorgeous backdrop to just about any color….well done!

  6. all those images are amazing! would anyone happen to know what month and year the Cottage Living magazine is from? I’d love to see the inside of this issue. thanks! love your blog – you’re one classy lady, Paloma! Alicia 🙂