Darker colours can be rich, warm and sophisticated. They don’t always make a room look small, but they can make a room look cozy and comforting. If you use darker colours then it’s a good idea to balance them out a little, for instance, with a lighter coloured floor. This way you get the intensity and the dramatic effect, and you will have the contrast of colour so that you don’t get the feeling of being too closed in. A lighter floor will bounce the light around, illuminating your room.
Accents of cream soften black, and darker colours. This will and a feeling of richness, along with adding textures to soften the feel, you will have a perfect room.
This is an excellent way of making your stylish sanctuary an even more relaxing environment. The term for this concept of using a dark and intense colour palette of opulent and moody hues is called “Hygge” and it is a phrase coined by the Danish.
Add some soft curtains, woolen throws and big cushions and you will make your room feel like a haven. Some accents of natural wood will also really add the finishing touches. And if you can, have a feature wall of exposed brick work to really add that organic feel of natural materials.
If you have darker furniture then dark colours can tie it in to create a beautiful, luxurious theme. If you are adding new furniture to the room consider high gloss finishes, again, to bounce light around and to add that high-end look. And find some bold pieces of art work to add to the wall to create the illusion of a larger space.
If you add lighter coloured ornaments and have natural features like a fire place which are lighter in colour you will draw focus to these to make a feature of them, adding a point of interest to the room.
Have soft lighting, such as floor lamps, and some spot lights with a dimmer switch so that you can create that ambience for evening times. There you will have your perfect room for unwinding and relaxing in.
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