Holly CircleTraditional Dining Room, Boston
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3. Maximize millwork. Cloaking walls in dark colors allows them to recede so that fine millwork can advance, especially when it’s painted white. Many people hesitate to darken their walls out of fear that the space will feel cramped or that such a strong color will dominate everything else in the room. This elegant dining space should allay those fears — the walls simply stand back as the detailed millwork shines.
7. The “world’s ugliest color.” Color expert Jennifer Ott challenged herself to decorate with the dark brown-greenish hue that recently earned the title of “world’s ugliest color,” and was used as cigarette packaging in Australia to discourage smoking. Nevertheless, Ott shows that there truly is beauty in this beast. See how to decorate with this color
A similar dark brown with a greenish cast adorns the walls of this elegant dining room. It’s a fantastic foil for the crisp white moldings, making them really stand out.Paint color: French Roast, C2-353, C2 Paint; trim paint: Lumen, C2-416, C2 Paint
4. Are you planning to paint?Yes: This one’s up for debate. On the one hand, you may want to roll out the new flooring before you paint. Some pros say it’s a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about splattering paint all over new floors. On the other hand, it’s possible that your walls will have a few nicks after the flooring is installed, and they’ll definitely get a little dirty. Some pros prefer to paint over any blemishes that happen during installation. No: Keep in mind that things get dusty when you demolish old floors. You may want to have a plan for touch-ups should something happen to your walls.
Oriental rugs. Rolling out an Oriental rug is a good way to marry a daringly dark wall color with a traditional home. These carpets tend to include a range of rich, deep colors, lending them well to dark walls in just about any hue.Antiques. As with using traditional rugs, bringing in an antique piece or two is a wonderful way to take the edge off a strong wall color. In the room shown here, dark walls look refined alongside an eclectic mix of antiques and modern Lucite chairs.Tell us: Do you have dark walls? How do you decorate around them? Share your photos and tips in the Comments section!More: Every Room Needs a Little Bit of Black