Choosing whether or not to use strong, dark colors in your painting scheme can be a difficult decision. Dark colors make a bold statement, but it does come at a certain cost. Here are a few drawbacks to consider when choosing dark paints.
Cons of Dark Colors in Interior Painting:
– They tend to reduce the apparent size of the room.
– It can be challenging to coordinate matching colors.
– They require additional coats of paint.
– They cannot be easily touched up.
– They easily reveal imperfections like poor drywall finishing.
– Dark colors can make rooms seem dark – of course!
Now, these are all real concerns you should be aware of, but don’t let them stop you from achieving the color scheme you desire. Dark colors are powerful and expressive, and there are ways to put them to great use. Here are a few areas of a home that are well-suited to dark colors:
Dining Rooms: The emotional impact of color can be put to good use in the dining room, where dark reds and blues can enhance the dining experience.
Bedrooms: As a space for sleeping and relaxing, bedrooms are suitable for dark colors—unless you use your bedroom as a home office or similar, in which case you may prefer something more neutral.
Bathrooms: Like bedrooms, bathrooms are typically places better suited to relaxation than activity. A dark color can communicate a sense of serenity.
Libraries: A library or study with wainscoting and paneling becomes more stately and subdued with dark colors.
Perhaps you’re sensing the theme? High traffic rooms that may see stains and scuffs on the wall are usually not the best choice for dark colors, but specialized rooms can use dark colors to their best effect with less risk of damage.