TREND ALERT: Dark & Moody Interiors
I'm not really one to follow trends when it comes to designing internal spaces, trends come and go whereas a home is forever, therefore the key is to make a home feel unique and your own. However, there is one trend that I'm really feeling at the moment and that is dark and moody interiors. If pulled off well its more than just a trend but a way of living.
Dark and moody is not all about dark coloured fabrics or dark coloured walls, it's more a combination of colours (light or dark) and prints, with more of an emphasis on a darker palette showing through for an overall moody effect.
If you're planning on converting to the dark side, whether it's a small step and you're starting with a singular room (your home office is a good place to start), or you're taking a giant leap and converting your whole home, the following steps should help guide you in achieving a well designed dark and moody interior.
Walls - paint or wallpapered
Fabrics - velvets
Lights - filtered & controlled
Pattern - dark botanicals
Textures - natural and tactile
For an instant dramatic effect, darker wall paints should be your first go to, this doesn't necessarily mean go dark grey, there are many tones and colours that help create an overall moody interior. These Farrow & Ball shades are a great starting point. Paint skirting, architraves and doors in a matching or darker paint also for an added touch of drama.
Wallpapering walls is also a great way to add drama into a room, in particular botanical wallpapers have been in high demand as of late but with so many options out there, a dark interior can be achieved to suit any style requirement. Some examples of wallpapers below.
Velvets are sumptuous and come in a variety of colours from neutral and muted, through to much deeper and bolder colours. When putting schemes together and the overall effect is for rich, cosy and vivid colours then velvet is my go to fabric. Velvet as a material I find super versatile, it looks great in pretty much most room settings, whether it be contemporary or more traditional designs.
Creating mood in a room is all about the correct lighting, when opting for a darker interior the key is to have control over the lighting to allow just the right amount of light in. There are many ways in which you can control the amount of natural and artificial light into a room, the key being shutters or blinds for natural light and dimmer switches and lamps for artificial light. Artificial lighting can sometimes be tricky to nail, but the key is to have your main lights on a dimmer so you can control their vibrancy, and have table/floor lamps dotted around the room. If you have an overhead pendant, you can even off centre this to the room (as shown in above image) and position by a reading corner for a more subtle room light.
Add some character to an interior space by incorporating pattern, they compliment darker interiors beautifully. Pattern can be incorporated in any shape or form, from patterned cushions and throws to patterned prints, rugs and curtains. Essentially speaking, keep it in the soft furnishings unless of course you're wallpapering, in which case you'll have pattern in your wallpaper too.
The finishing element to make a room appear cosy and warm are the textures that are visible in the room, think natural materials that feel good to the touch. Soft leathers, fur throws, cable knits, wool pile rugs, touches that make you want to stay and never leave. Layer these on for a super cosy interior.