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Dark bedroom ideas: Smoky trends and stormy aesthetics

When we make the decision to redecorate, ‘dark bedroom ideas’ don’t usually feature on our mood board. Unless we’re particular fans of Halloween or The Addams Family, dark colour palettes tend to evoke drab decor, dreary caves or shadowy coves – the stuff nightmares are made from.

However, the world is changing, and our style along with it. Consequently, these stormy aesthetics now aim to elicit sanctuary, peace, warmth and decadence. Think more along the lines of autumnal cocoons, rustic dens, inky refuges or star washed dens. Then you’ll start to see why this trend is so popular.

In this ideas guide, we’re going to inspire you with our moody decorating trends. Let us help you to strike the right balance between dusky and dreamy.

How to style dark interiors

Dark bedroom ideasIncorporating dark tones into your bedroom doesn’t mean you have to dip the entire room in an inkpot. The hashtag #styleitdark shows us how there are various tricks when it comes to using darker shades.

So, for an ethereal and comforting ambience, let’s take a look at some of the top tips for dark bedroom ideas.

Add colours splashes

For boudoirs brave enough to envelop the darkness, help them represent the night sky by adding colour splashes that lift the darkness and speckle it with iridescent light. Chromes such as silver, bronze, gold or copper add class and elegance to dark painted walls and features.

Include accents and features

Accent walls, hanging lights, floating shelves and even area rugs are all potential accents. Choose one to feature and tie it in with the rest of your moody and brooding bedroom. View dark bedrooms like inverted canvases – your artistic skill meant to lift and define the space with accents and features.

Balance is key

Keeping your bedroom in the realms of comfort and opulence is all about balance. Where you use dark shades, be sure to contrast them with warm or burnt colours like ochre, rust, russet or chrome.

Use the light

Contrary to popular belief, lots of light doesn’t mean you can get away with black interiors. Harnessing the light in the room is about knowing where to place darker shades and where to accent or accessories lighter hues. You don’t want the light to highlight the darkest part of your room, as that defeats the point, so choose your features wisely. Perhaps a smoky grey or midnight blue would work better in brighter rooms?

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