HOW TO CREATE A STYLISH DARK BEDROOM – If the words ‘light and airy’ leave you feeling cold and uninspired, you may want to take a different route for your bedroom décor.
While blinding white walls can reflect the light and make a room seem bigger, where does the personality and cosiness come in? These things should be integral to a bedroom, but white-washed walls, plain bed sheets and characterless furniture leave individuality paling into insignificance. So what is the alternative? A mysterious and intriguing haven of deep, rich colours, décor that is much more than a flat base, and a room that you can feel at home in.
Once you have freed yourself from the restraints of an all-white room, you can mix colours and textures on walls; consider flocked black wallpaper or dark walls with a slightly glossy pattern. Your bedroom floor can become a striking feature if you strip back the carpet and give floorboards a new lease of life with a coat of black floor paint. This is perfect if you want a more modern look. When it comes to the rest of the décor, mix and match dark and bright shades to your taste; emerald hues look beautiful against moody black walls, while nature-inspired stone grays and deep earthy browns work well when juxtaposed with stained glasswear and lively accent colours from decorative modern pieces. In a dark room, deep mahogany is a timeless choice for beds and other furnishings.
A blackout roller blind can create a cozy retreat by blocking out stark daylight, leaving you to craft a whole new atmosphere in the warming glow of antique-style lamps and candles. If you don’t want to go for a blind, thick curtains in a complementary dark shade will cut off the cold light of day so you are left with the perfect space to relax and get the rest you deserve.
If you are concerned about your bedroom looking small, trick the eye by mounting some full-length mirrors on the walls. If you can mount them parallel to one another you’ll create a never-ending room effect that will emphasize the mysterious, almost magical feel of your newly created sanctuary.