As we head towards the end of the year, the nights are drawing in and summer starts to feel like a distant memory. But before we start digging out our Christmas stockings and planning our New Year’s resolutions, there is another frighteningly-fantastic event still on the calendar: Halloween.
Not just for children, Halloween has plenty of fiendish fun for everyone. Trick or treating, pumpkin carving and creepy costumes are just some of the spooky events that bring friends, families and neighbours together at this time of year.
Embrace Your Dark Side
Whether you will be hosting a ghoulish gathering or not, the autumn-to-winter transition is the perfect time of year to draw some new inspiration and update your home with some darker interior design ideas.
Deeper paint colours and moody hues can help you to achieve a multitude of different looks. From creating cosy, inviting spaces to building a dramatic gothic atmosphere, a dark colour palette is a must for the season ahead.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Taking the leap from a light, bright and airy interior to something decidedly darker can be a terrifying thought, but in fact, dark wall colours can be a surprisingly versatile way to update your living space.
Darker paint reflects less light than paler finishes, meaning a dark wall colour can hide a multitude of sins. From cracks and bumps to uneven surfaces, deeper, darker colours are a great choice for hiding imperfections in plaster or drywall.
So for some devilishly-dark interior inspiration, look no further…
Rebel – An Intense, Almost Black Emulsion Paint
Evoking luxury and opulence, a dark bathroom can make a stylish statement in your home. Play with contrast by choosing a lighter bathtub or flooring and display accessories that will be accentuated by a black bathroom wall paint such as rebel. Illuminating the space with natural light or a modern light fixture can help to avoid a gloomy look, creating a stunning bathroom interior with an air of mystery.
A washable paint with MOULDGUARD+ technology, easyclean® Bathroom Mid Sheen Emulsion is resistant to steam and condensation and gives a stunning, long-lasting finish.
This breatheasy® paint is very versatile and can be used on bathroom walls, ceilings, wood and metal, making this almost black paint the ideal choice for your go-to place of tranquility.
aftershow® – a Dark Navy Blue Paint
A unique shade of deep navy, aftershow® adds a dominating presence to any room. Painting walls with a dark matt paint gives a sense of depth and dimension to the space, creating a dramatic backdrop to accentuate key furniture pieces or prominent features of the room, such as a cosy alcove or statement fireplace.
Not ready to commit to a bold wall colour? Apply this striking dark blue paint to your ceilings to create a softer feel.
aftershow® is available in a range of Crown emulsion paints including easyclean® Matt Emulsion – a multi surface interior paint that provides a durable, matt finish to interior walls, ceilings, wood and metal. Mumsnet rated, this washable and wipeable paint is 99% solvent free, making it the perfect choice for your busy family abode.
Indulgence® – A Comforting Dark Blue Paint
For a less dramatic colour scheme that still exudes atmosphere and emotion, a soothing mid-to-dark blue paint colour such as Indulgence® from our new CRAFTED by Crown collection forms the perfect balance between light and dark. Dark blue walls allow warm, earthy colours to be incorporated into the room with ease, giving a sense of comfort and calm, whilst the flat matt emulsion offers a luxuriously rich, velvety, non-reflective finish.
addiction® – a Rich, Vibrant Purple Emulsion Paint
Dark interior designs aren’t just about blacks, greys and blues; a dark, rich purple colour such as addiction® can add mystery and atmosphere without overpowering a room. A deep purple feature wall is an eye-catching addition to a bedroom or living room, giving warmth and a sumptuous feel to the space.
addiction® is a popular choice within our feature wall paint collection – a fabulous range of vibrant colours, handpicked to complement our core breatheasy® Coloured Matt Emulsion shades.
Botanical Noir™ No. 374 – Dark Green Flat Matt Emulsion
A dark green wall paint can add an enchanting finish to any room. Working in harmony with both statement accessories and soft furnishings, a rich green paint colour oozes opulence whilst contrasting beautifully against gold and neutral tones. Greens such as Botanical Noir™ No. 374 can also give a fresh and natural feel when teamed with a variety of plants and foliage.
Botanical Noir™ No. 374 is one of 60 beautiful shades available in our exclusive ELLE Decoration by Crown range – a premium interior paint for both, walls and woodwork. Offering a perfect finish with endless protection, this luxurious flat matt emulsion is 99% solvent free and is 200x more scrubbable than standard matt emulsions.
Will You Explore Your Dark Side?
From the darkest, velvety blacks to deep, vibrant purples, dark interior design doesn’t have to be scary. Whether a splash of colour, a feature wall or a fully-painted room, your chosen colour palette can give as much or as little dark atmosphere to your living space as you like.
Colour and style choices for your home interior are always down to individual preference, and at Crown we give you the tools to embrace your creativity and build your own personal sanctuary.
Dare to share?
Show us your dark décor! If you have tried any of our Halloween-inspired looks or created your own, please share with us @crownpaintsuk.