Dark Bedrooms

bedroom by John Minshaw with blue-violet walls and a black upholstered headboardDark walls make for such dramatic sleeping spaces.

I always believed that dark wall colors were best used in small rooms, those in need of visual downsizing, or places with little natural light. But using a “night-life” hue in the bedroom makes real sense considering all the light-blocking strategies we tend to employ in the bedroom. Lately, I’ve been trending on a night-life – meaning really dark – colors. Dreams of an elegant bedroom that evokes the blue night sky just before dawn are, for me, truly conjured by the blue-violet walls designer John Minshaw used [top] together with a slightly lighter hue and a black-upholstered headboard. With everything so dark the crispness of white bedding and the white door really jump out. I also adore the honey-color antique maple night table that feels as soothing as a hot drink on a cold night.

Bedroom with wood-paneled walls painted charcoal grayPaneled walls look so chic painted in charcoal gray and set off by a white headboard and matching hotel bedding with contrast embroidered stripes. A mid-century modern night table, contemporary lamp, Java floor and standing mirror push this room towards a modern attitude even though the paneling might suggest otherwise.

bedroom with black walls, curtains and accessories by Joy TriboutBlack bedrooms are always such a commitment. And while I could do without so many throw pillows in damask-y patterns, the black curtains and hint of cowhide upholstery lend a retro-chic aura to this 70s inspired bedroom.

(Source: John Minshaw, houseandhome, Joy Tribout)

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2 Responses to “Dark Bedrooms”

  1. Tricia Rose November 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Yes Jane, the room is lovely but the ornamental pillows seem dated as opposed to retro. Wonder when the photo was taken?

  2. Jane F November 17, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Black rooms were really popular in the 70s, as you probably remember. That one reminds me of some I’d seen then. Agreed the pillows are infelicitous — the room (and whole house) is heavily “layered,” not my thing.

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