Open floor plans and light color palettes are all the rage these days. No walls means less visual clutter, homes that are more spacious and conducive to conversation. And as much as I like all that, every now and then I find myself drawn to labyrinth homes, with floor plans that offer surprise and discovery. Floor plans that separate you from the outdoors, making you happy and forgetful of where you came from. And the same goes with color palettes. Light and bright is great, but darker, moodier rooms are equally appealing to me.
By far, my favorite spaces for going dark with your palette are home offices and libraries. As long as the furnishings and accessories are kept neutral, the look is fabulous and sophisticated, without being too overwhelming.
I love the cheerful look of this library, the darkness of the built-ins is balanced perfectly with the lighter ceiling and furnishings, happy rug and a labradoodle.
Another space I think goes really well with a darker palette is the bedroom.
And even though not my favorite, from a practical point of view (if you’ve tried putting on makeup in a dark bathroom, you understand), I do appreciate the look of dark powder rooms and master baths. Like the ones bellow.
Mark D. Sikes
Mark D. Sikes
What about you? Are you team ‘light and bright’ or team ‘dark and moody’? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear what you think 🙂