Painting a room a dark shade, is a little different from painting a room a light color. When you paint a room a light color, you will most likely get good coverage with two coats of paint. Light to medium colored paints have a lot of white in them, as their base. The chalk-white base is very opaque, so you will have density of paint color. When you paint a room a dark color, the base is more translucent. You have bonding agent and color pigments, so you will have to paint three or more coats of dark color to get proper coverage. Some people even tint the primer in the desired color to help get rich-even coverage quickly.
When buying a dark-colored paint, pick a paint finish that is at least satin or semi-gloss. Dark colored paints, in flat finishes and egg shell can easily bruise (scuff) when you rub over them. The bruising is like a burnished light spot, and is easily noticeable. The glossy skin of satin, semi-gloss, and even gloss paints provide more of a protective finish for the dark color.
When you start painting your room a dark color, don’t be afraid of what you are seeing. The color might look lighter than what you picked, it will dry darker. If the paint finish looks streaked, and your room starts looking like a dark hole, that is closing in on you, Keep The Faith, and continue painting. Don’t turn back! Apply the three or so coats of color to get the paint job done.
After choosing a dark color for a room, think dove, cream, or bright white for the wood work, and ceiling. If you have chair rail molding in the room, paint the chair rail molding, and the bottom portion of the room, below it , dove, cream, or bright white. The lower part of the room, painted in a white color will act like a pedestal, holding up the dark color on the upper portion of the wall. If the room had a dark toned bottom, and light on top, the room would feel bottom heavy.
A wonderful thing about painting a room a dark color is that it ties together mismatched furniture. If you put mismatched furniture in a white, or light-colored room, you look at each piece separately, as you would see art work hung in a gallery. When you put mismatched furniture in a dark-colored room, you first see the color of the walls, then your eye looks at the furniture and decorations. The color has a way of uniting all the unrelated elements in that space.
A dark-colored room needs a lot of light and bright furniture and accessories to counterbalance it. When it comes to window treatments, hang white or cream-colored curtains or drapes. Drapes also made up in light pastels, or bold to bright colors would be fine.
Hang large paintings, with subject matter that is colorful, bold, and bright. No somber colored subject matter! Prints or drawings should have large white or cream mats. Mirrors, with large-thick gold or silver toned frames, would also add visual interest, and shine against the dark color of the walls.
When it comes to carpeting, sofa and chair fabric, pillows, throws, etc., again thing light and bright! Pick whites, creams, golds, pastels, and bright pastels. Stay away from dark jewel toned colors.
Lighting is an important factor in a dark-colored room. Dark colored walls eat up light in the room. Think ceiling lights, floor lamps, table lamps, and accent lights. Put lighting fixtures all around the room to illuminate the space. Position lights on tables, behind chairs, and in corners. Work light around the room as much as possible.
I have a Ming Red TV room (dark licorice red). If you saw it empty, without furniture and decorative accessories, you would say it is quite claustrophobic. The red walls loom in at you. When artwork, drapes, a rug, lighting, and furniture are added, the red recedes, and it becomes a wonderful-cozy space. Everyone who comes loves the red room, and I have inspired many people to have their own.
Hopefully now, you have some insight into painting and decorating the dark-colored room. Don’t be afraid, Just go for it! Your next assignment is to look through decorating magazines, and analyze the dark room. Look how Light, Bright, and Bold things, were added to the dark space, to give it life. Happy Painting!
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