“Moving house has inspired me to be more daring with my colour palette, but I’m still nervous about choosing darker shades”

In our recent global survey, more than 33% of movers admitted they’d love to use bright colours in their new home, while 13% even claimed they’d like to paint their walls black!

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.

But when it comes to actually buying the paint, many of us tend to shy away from using darker shades as we’re unsure how to use them.

Here, we debunk some popular colour myths and explain why you should consider going over to the dark side of the colour chart:

Some darker shades – such as deep, inky blues - are actually recessive, meaning they will add depth to your space and make a room feel larger

1) Make a room feel larger

It’s only natural to reach for white when you’re trying to make a small, dark space feel larger. We’re conditioned to believe that darker colours will make a room feel more enclosed.

But some darker shades – such as deep, inky blues - are actually recessive, meaning they will add depth to your space and make a room feel larger.

Which paints? 30BB 10/112, 10BB 07/150

Choosing a darker colour scheme is a great way to make a room feel instantly more cosy and intimate. Rich, deep reds or chocolaty shades tend to pull walls closer towards you.

2) Create a cosy scheme

Choosing a darker colour scheme is a great way to make a room feel instantly more cosy and intimate.

Consider using rich, deep reds or chocolaty shades that tend to pull walls closer towards you, and will making a large room feel instantly warmer.

Which paints? 10RB 49/062, 30RR 09/187, 30RB 11/133

Contrasting pale woodwork with dark walls is a clever way to create the illusion of space in your home

3) Make space with an optical illusion

Painting woodwork - such as skirting boards and doorframes – or recesses in a darker hue is another clever way to create the illusion of space in your home.

Deep, royal blues will look crisp and fresh against lighter coloured walls, while a coffee coloured hue will fit with a more neutral palette.

Which paints? 31BB 23/340, 50BB 18/216, 90BB-36/188

A dark, bold colour scheme will immediately add drama and flair to your new home. Deep charcoal grey is a versatile choice that will go with just about anything.

4) Add a sense of drama

A dark, bold colour scheme will immediately add drama and flair to your new home. Deep charcoal grey is a versatile choice that will go with just about anything.

If you’re unsure where to start, download our ICI Dulux Visualizer app to your Smartphone or tablet to help you make a decision.

Simply hold the Visualizer app up to the wall you want to paint, choose a colour from the ICI Dulux palette and tap to see immediately how your room will look.

Which paints? 70BB 14/202, 00NN 25/000

Top tip

If you do decide to embrace darker walls, choose brightly coloured accessories for your home that will pop against more subdued shades.