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Daring the dark colors

Dare the dark colors, like this hue signed Farrow & Ball.

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The dark colors are not not necessarily dull. Used sparingly and wisely, the dark colored paints can bring personality and a cozy side to any room. Do not hesitate to take the plunge!

Plum, ink or charcoal, dense and deep colors showcase furniture and decoration. Applied on one, two or four walls, the dark paintings comfort without oppression ... as long as you are well dosed.

To dare the dark colors on a wall in the living room

Selected in a matte finish, the dark color plays with light to create depth effects. She immediately catches the eye. For this reason, it is essential to look after the decoration of the painted wall by leaning against a nice sofa or a stylish sideboard, with paintings and mirrors, etc. Which wall to choose? Not the one where the window is located because the color, against the light, will appear even darker, the room will lose brightness and the opening will look smaller. Prefer one of the side walls rather than the one in front of the window, because the dark color tends to "absorb" the light.

Perfect in an entry, the "ebony Red" was created by Nathalie Rives for the collection "Routes", 44.45 euros per liter in silky matte finish, Resource


The cold gray "Smoked tea" is enlivened with touches of red or powdery pink. 31 euros per liter in matte velvet finish, creation Aurélie Hémar for paintings 1825


Daring dark colors: in "total look" elsewhere

The more intimate rooms (bedroom, hallway, hallway, dressing room, bathroom or toilet) can completely go dark for a cocoon effect. "Also paint the ceiling to create an enveloping and welcoming box, not at all oppressive," advises Vincent Vallée, director of the Little Greene Paris showroom. The dark color reduces the impression of space; applied in a corridor, it makes appear the salon even larger. In the bedroom, you can paint the wall at the headboard with a dense color and match it with brighter clothes (khaki / mustard yellow, anthracite / coral).

The gray brown "Attic II" brings character to the pieces he dresses. Beautiful with warm white or sky blue. 41 euros per liter in matte finish, Little Greene

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The color "Prince" is elegant and warm. To wake up by touches of turquoise or to associate with a light gray. 31.90 euros per liter in mat, Mercadier


Daring the dark colors: the strength of the black

Few are risking it. "I prefer a khaki, a chocolate or a navy very dark, more subtle and less hard," concedes Vincent Vallée. The black paint, strong and deep, is yet the signature of the interior designer Sarah Lavoine. She marries her willingly to white, of course, but also to solid colors of sunflower yellow and duck blue in particular: the black serves as frame, structure and rhythm space. In its satin version, it highlights doors and woodwork. Posed on the walls of a reading room or bedroom, it brings out paintings, giant mirrors and designer wall sconces.

Intense ultramarine. Matt version on the wall and satin on the door, this deep navy blue plays with the light. "Stiffkey Blue", from 73, 50 euros the 2.5 L, Farrow & Ball. It has been associated with a gray glycine ("Brassica" hue) on skirting boards and moldings

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