Choosing colours from the darker end of the spectrum is a quick and easy way to add personality to your new home: creating a sophisticated feel minus the designer price tag.
Go bold for a sophisticated living room

Dark colour trends for a chic new home

We reveal our top colour picks for adventurous movers who dare to go dark.

“I’d like to get out of my comfort zone and try an edgy colour scheme now that I’ve finally moved into my new home”

According to our recent global survey, 31% of movers are inspired by fashion and style trends when it comes to decorating their new home.

And for movers who are keen to try something a little different on the decorating front, dark and moody shades are having a serious fashion moment.

When it comes to your home, darker colours are an easy and affordable way to create a sophisticated feel to your scheme. A little goes a long way as well, particularly if you’re painting an accent wall.

Check out our pick of fashionable colours, and discover how Dulux can help you get the look.

1) Amethyst

Vibrant and alluring, this rich shade of purple is more versatile than you may think. An amethyst wall will add instant passion to your scheme, and works really well in larger spaces, such as living rooms. Team with complimentary colours like mossy greens, intense yellows, as well as certain shades of red and blue for a striking effect.

Which paints? Inpired Violet, Victorian Violet, Cape Maryland, Prairie Grass

2) Stormy grey

Dark grey is a quick way to make any space feel instantly more luxurious. As a recessive colour, grey doesn’t draw the eye making it a perfect alternative to white or cream as a neutral backdrop.

Which paints? Bangor Blue, Inspired Violet, Midnite Hour

3) Deepest red

A deep, chocolatey shade of red will deliver plenty of drama to your new home, so it’s best to use in moderation. Pair with crisp white walls or woodwork elsewhere in your scheme for a romantic, elegant feel that’s perfect for the bedroom.

Which paints? Whistling Dixie

4) Timeless teal

Containing hints of blue and green, teal is an enormously restful colour, and one that can be used liberally throughout your new home. Balance the look with minty green for a calming effect, or keep it bold and pair with mustard yellow.

Which paints? Blue Grass, Sapphire Glow , Casino Gold, First Edition

5) Emerald green

Emerald is a dazzling shade that’s traditionally associated with wealth and luxury. It’s quite a show-stopper, so pair with neutrals for an elegant dining room scheme or, if you’re feeling daring, make it pop against velvety blues and golds.

Which paints? Gulf Blue, Undersea Voyage, Ships At Sea, Whole Wheat

Top tip

If you’re still unsure about decorating with darker shades, download our Dulux Visualizer app to your Smartphone or tablet. View the wall you want to decorate on your screen, choose a shade from the Dulux palette and tap for an instant impression of how your finished room could look.