We all know how great all-white rooms can be, but it's time to embrace the dark side. Deep, dark color schemes can give a room weight, depth and a surprisingly calming atmosphere. Whether you try moody blues in the bedroom or mossy greens in your living space, there are countless ways to embrace this year's big Pinterest trend.
The first step to testing the waters is to keep some of your accents light and airy. In this look from Studio McGee, gorgeous midnight blue walls are kept from overpowering the room when paired with white carpet and a white coffee table. Adding a rich velvet couch completes the look, and makes us yearn to cozy up with a book and a hot cup of tea.
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Add Blush Tones
We've been into blush decor for a while now, and it's even more dramatic when paired with a dark black wall—as seen in this stunning bedroom from taracremerdesigns on Instagram. If black walls scare you, we think this soothing bedroom will change your mind. Adding pastels or blushes to a room can lighten up a deep, moody color scheme and make it feel more well-rounded. The velvet headboard adds even more texture, and creates a luxurious feel.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Deep Blues and Candlelight
This French-inspired dining room as seen in Mad About the House features everything we love about moody decor and more. The deep blue walls create a sophisticated-yet-vintage atmosphere—and with the addition of soft candlelight, it becomes instantly romantic. With a gorgeous dining space like this, you'll want to skip the local restaurant and plan a date night at home.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Add Moody Accents
A moody decor scheme doesn't have to be all-consuming, as evident in this beautiful brick-filled living space from blog Dimples and Tangles. If you aren't ready to dive headfirst into this trend, painting a large accent (like this built-in) a dark charcoal or black can give you the moody look without a huge makeover.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Moody and Modern
This stylish and chic kitchen from interior designer Annabelle Kutucu proves that even an industrial aesthetic can be moody—we adore this stark black wall and trendy black tile work. Pair a dark kitchen with open shelving and light accessories, like the all-white dishes seen in this room, and your space will feel modern instead of gloomy.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Rich Floral Wallpaper
The moody floral look has been increasing in popularity for a few years now. And by the looks of this bedroom from blogger Anne Sage, it's easy to see why. Rich, bold wallpaper is a great choice for rooms of all types, because it packs a punch and makes a statement without a lot of effort. This atmospheric pink, white and black option screams elegance and sophistication, even in a minimalist bedroom. When deciding to use a bold floral wallpaper, choose rooms with a simple color palette (the bathroom is another great choice) so as not to overwhelm.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Embrace Deep, Dark Floors
If you can't part with your stark white walls, how about moody floors instead? This deep brown herringbone flooring from designer Louise Desrosiers is everything we love about dark color palettes, without giving up your lighter-colored walls. A dark floor paired with a white wall can also make a small room look much more spacious and open, which makes it a perfect choice for small spaces and large ones alike.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Add Some Texture
A rich decor scheme doesn't have to be flat. This stunning, detailed wallpaper (as seen on Homepolish) has a moody-yet-calming feel with a little bit of flair. Though it's a rich purple, it looks light and airy when set alongside modern furnishings and gold accents.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Mix Up the Trends
From global, well-traveled decor to trendy Mid-century, sometimes it's impossible to pick just one style to get behind. And that's okay, because No Glitter No Glory proves you can mix and match and still make it work. The deep blue walls look perfect paired with woven throw pillows and funky Mid-century mirrors. Throw in a Monstera leaf or a banana leaf plant and you'll have a funky look that feels just the right amount of eclectic.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Mix in Modern Plants
Decorating with branches and dried berries is a great, low maintenance way to bring the outdoors in. This stunning (yet simple) table setting, as seen on CRD blog, is a great example of how a few simple pops of color can transform dark walls. Mixing moody grays and deep blues with neons lends a bit of visual interest and immediately draws the eye.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Add a Little Whimsy
Though dark, moody colors tend to look instantly chic and sophisticated, it doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. This wonderfully rich, dark brown room from Beautiful Object reminds us of a grown-up doll house, especially with the addition of these colorful Eames-styled chairs. Adding a bold, bright couch to your moody decor is a great way to spice things up.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Add some atmosphere to your kitchen with a touch of chalkboard paint. This fun kitchen wall from The Design Files is a great way to add a splash of dark paint that's beautiful and practical. Try this look in a kids' room, on a pantry door or even the inside of your front door. Pro tip: You can easily DIY your own chalkboard paint.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Take Advantage of Natural Light
One key element in keeping moody decor schemes from feeling heavy or depressing is to embrace the natural light in your home. As seen in this dark green and sunny yellow room from My Scandinavian Home, painting bold, dark walls in rooms with a lot of natural light can help the space to feel larger and more open. Cheerful pops of color like this yellow bedspread are also a great way to accent the look.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Layer Opposite Colors
When done right, layering opposite colors like black and white gives a room elegance and visual interest. This bold black fireplace from shannonclaire on Instagram looks much more refined and modern when paired with stark white candles and flowers. Creating a stunning contrast is a great way to incorporate dark colors into your space.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Red Can Be Moody
Though dark blues, purples and grays are often considered in moody decor schemes, a deep and bold red also does the trick. The red tones seen in this modern bathroom from mpression feel both masculine and spa-like, and are a great way to play with the moody look even if shades of blue aren't your thing.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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A Vintage Palette
Dark hues often naturally lend a vintage feel to a space, as seen in this delightfully classic laundry room from buildingwalnutfarm. The hunter green wainscoting in the space gives it a rich and inviting feel (and hey, who doesn't need an excuse to do laundry?). Painting paneling, trim or wainscoting a rich color is a great way to ease into the moody look and give a room texture.