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Moody living room ideas

Don’t be afraid to go dark and dramatic. When your living room is filled with natural light, it can handle a dose of black or deep blue paint. The days of white, whiter, whitest are gone, going, gone, and we’re quite happy with the ongoing shift towards more sophisticated and elegant interiors. Keeping up with all the interior trends is a struggle – we feel ya! – but here are a few tips on how to increase the drama (interior-wise, that is!)

Make a statement

This one’s obvious, but it’s so easy to add a real punch of drama by painting just one wall of your living room. This will really change the focal point of the living room without getting into a major decorating project (we know it’s hard to find the time or the money for a whole makeover!) If your room has a niche, that’s the perfect choice to try if you like the look. You don’t even have to choose boring black or grey, Colora’s Olive Green or Purple Marmelade will do just fine and aren’t too drastic when you’re a newbie to the dark side.

Colour poppin’

When you don’t have the heart to re-paint your virgin-white walls, a great touch of colour and interest can be added by painting the back of your bookshelf, the crown- and door moldings or baseboards in a bold colour. This will help the items in the book case pop out and look important; whereas dark crown moldings, door moldings and baseboards will to ‘frame’ the room. If you don’t have any ‘finishing touches’ in your home; these ones from Orac Decor are light-weighted and re-paintable!

Luxury is in each detail

When you had the guts to turn your living room into a moody abode (you go!), there’s only one thing left to do: take care of those damn details. There’s nothing more visually disturbing than spotting a white socket or light switch on a dark hued wall! Also, when you need light, make sure you get enough of it; installing a dimmer might come in handy when you’ve lost the TV remote once again. Adjusting the light fixtures is also a necessity, as you’d either like them to blend in or stand out – don’t keep ‘em in limbo, will you?

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Interior inspiration by Bart Degryse for #roomingent.
Photography by Stephanie Duval.