Don’t be afraid of the dark…..

Don't be afraid of dark interior design, which equals dramatic results. A quick scroll through instagram right now will show the most gloriously darkened, atmospheric spaces, providing a great backdrop for art and furniture and creating rooms that are atmospheric, intriguing and full of personality.

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Above: Flight of Monarchs by Isabelle Boxall

If you’re a fan of the colour pop then dark walls are your friend, they accentuate colour making them far more vibrant than a pale background. Splashes of bold, bright colour make a strong statement, which is why very dark grey tones are such a great backdrop to your favourite hue.

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Above: Silhouette by Harlequin

Outlines of stylised trees stretch tall against a navy blue ground in this contemporary design with an etched appearance, highlighted by the use of striking colour combinations and sparkling texture technique. Accent metallics look incredible against a dark background and the reflective surfaces will shimmer beautifully in changing light.

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Above: Medina by Albany

Dark interiors aren’t all about a spectrum of greys – add warmth and colour with deep, earthy tones. The rusty oranges and immersive teal colouring perfectly complement this ancient Morrocan city design which  looks great with dark wood, mid-century furniture.

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Above: Tropicale by Clarke & Clarke

Get a style hit with dark jungle palms. At wallpaperdirect, we love the sensational Clarke & Clarke Exotica fabric so much that we commissioned our very own collection of wallpapers to be created in the same designs! Check out the whole collection here.

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Above:  Atelier by Mini Moderns

Make a dark scheme the backdrop to a gallery wall or collection of art objects. This wallpaper takes inspiration from Parisian galleries and markets; showcasing hand drawn shapes and vintage accessories featured in European art. 

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Above: Woodland Ferns by Sanderson

Another wallpaper coloured exclusively for wallpaperdirect, our team were wowed by the impressive scale of the delicate botanical drawings on this beautiful Sanderson design. Pairing the dark walls with light coloured paintwork and furnishings creates a surprisingly feminine and sophisticated space.


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Above: Brer Rabbit by Morris & Co.

The wallpaperdirect team have worked with Morris and given this classic wallpaper a dramatic contemporary update; we revisited the original bird and rabbit symmetrical design and reworked this two-colour pattern using special printing techniques, to create a light mica texture overall finish. Showcased here in the stunning silver on ink blue-black, a colourway exclusive to wallpaperdirect and created on a non-woven paper, making it so much easier to hang. Watch our how-to hang wallpaper video here.

Below: Foxley by Harlequin

This beautiful design is derived from an original art deco wallpaper and is surface printed for a hand finished look. The pendulous pinecones and fan-like leaves have light reflecting metallic highlights, which combined with the dark background, give a luxe finish. Opting for equally rich, complementary shades in the accessories balances the space and injects inviting warmth.

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