Dark Colours: The Interior Design Trend of 2018

28th September 2018

The latest colour scheme to hit the interiors world

Every year we see Pantone release their 'colour of the year'. Last year, this was Greenery. Back in 2016, the company released two together: Rose Quartz and a powdery blue shade called Serenity. It's easy to see how the previous years' shades have really impacted the following months of interior trends and fashion. However, we're unsure if 2018's Ultra Violet has really had the impact we all expected. Deep purple is a shade that isn't always in style and we can't say it's been used heavily in either the interior or fashion world. That said, similar shades like navy, dark grey and even black are making waves across showrooms and catwalks alike. In today's blog post, we're going to explore the interior design trend of dark colours and see how they can be utilised to really create a rich and inviting space.

Start small and work your way up

Fancy giving it a go yourself? Don't worry, you can start off small. We always recommend adding in little bits here and there when trying out a new interior design trend. And it's no different when it comes to dark colours! Try adding temporary accessories like cushions, bedding or wall art that can easily be removed if you find that you're not keen. And remember, black goes with everything so stick to black accessories if you're ever in doubt. We particularly like this example below from Hello Nancy. Adding pale pink with grey tones is the perfect way to gently approach the 'dark colours' trend and give it a trial run before you commit to anything serious.

Inject features here and there to add a contrast

When you're happy with your darker colour scheme, you can start to add in bigger pieces. Go a little braver and make some permanent changes next. How about a painted bed-side table and matching lamp like this beautiful example from Minted.com. Creating a contrast is a great way to ease into the dark interior trend whilst not fully committing. If you're a monochrome fan, mix black with white. Prefer something softer? Dark grey and baby pink is a key colour combination for this year. Into unique combos and interesting designs? Dark royal blue or navy looks incredible against yellow and emerald green. Keep it interesting and you'll surely reap the benefits of this luxurious and sumptuous interior design trend.


It's time to go bold with your dark colours

When you're ready to go the full way, think carefully about how your penchant for dark colours will look with your existing furniture. Do you need to invest in new pieces or can it be worked around? We love the green feature wall in the example above; it looks beautiful against the grey sofa with a pop of sunshine yellow from the cushions. The second example below is from Desenio.co.uk and shows how navy blue doesn't have to be boring! The contrast with the metal is perfect for this time of year (and beyond).



Are you ready to try this trend for yourself?

It certainly is tempting. If you follow our steps and take it slowly, you're sure to end up with a home that is thoughtfully designed yet bold in trying out seasonal trends. We don't think dark colours will be a passing trend, however; we reckon they're here to stay for some time now. Gone are the days of pastel colours and bright whites. Yes, these colours will always look beautiful but we'll see them a lot more frequently contrasted with shocking, dark tones.

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