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Study with dark Walls

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

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Ready to turn your room into a lovely, cozy, space? Yes, it is a big step, but it does yield big rewards. There are a lot of myths out there regarding dark interiors - you need to have a big space with a lot of light, it might go out of fashion, it makes a space look smaller.... Not always true! I have seen small, poky rooms, with not a lot of light, turn into elegant beauties that have stood the test of time.

If you would like to recreate a similar space, you can click on any of the images in this blog which will take you to a new tab where you can purchase individual items. (This design is created with affiliated products - I will earn a small commission when you purchase any of these products with no extra cost to you. Please refer to Terms and Conditions if you would like to find out more).

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Make your office pretty! Image: EMME Interiors

A study is a perfect place to add dark walls, as are powder rooms and boot rooms. In order to make these darker rooms fit in with the rest of your interior scheme, it is a good idea to repeat these wall colours in some of the other rooms as accent colours and vice versa - use some of the lighter colours you have used somewhere else in your home as an accent colour in the dark room. This will create a good flow through your home.

There are lots of options to choose from and paint companies like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams and Farrow and Ball offer a whole range of different shades if you do not want to take a too dark plunge. Make sure you test those colours on swatches against different walls in the room you are going to paint and leave them there for a while to see how they change with the different times of the day. You can also read my tips on a colour palette for your home or purchase a colour chart here. The colour I used here is Green Black from Sherwin Williams (not affiliated).

For similar wall sconces that will work in this space:

I started creating this space by opting for a warm wood colour for the floor. This is important as it will add warmth to the space, because of the cooler, dark tones that was used on the walls. A good choice for a similar space would be Ocean View from Revel Floors. (No affiliation). This floor adds a sense of luxury and because it is in a light colour, it lifts the room and creates a nice contrast with the dark walls.

Warm wooden floor.
Image: Revel Woods

Starting off with a good plan for furniture layout is essential to make your design function well. Make sure that it is easy to access all areas in a room, without having to circumnavigate around furniture and other "stuff", i.e. the flow in your room is very important. Also ask yourself questions like: "can I open cupboard doors easily or will it be blocked by furniture or a carpet that is in the way?", "is a certain piece of furniture always in the way?", etc. If your space is not currently working for you, and you need help to change your room layout, I can help you.

There was also enough space in this room to create a small seating area and as this is an office space for a woman, I brought some soft pinks into the design.

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