Grey is the new neutral, and while it’s a trend that’s still going strong, many homes are going bolder, opting for darker, inky walls to add drama to the home. Check out Houzz’s top tips on how to get the look… 

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Lily Young, Houzz Contributor

What interiors trends are on the hot list right now? While the passion for grey walls is still going strong, it seems many Houzzers are upping the luxury and mystery by plumping an even darker look, giving inky-coloured walls – from very dark grey and blue to pure black – their moment in the spotlight.


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Showcase furniture and accessories
Just like a plain white backdrop, inky walls can form an ideal blank canvas. A dark, block colour will frame brighter, more colourful pieces beautifully.

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Go the whole hog
These deep, inky colours, and the restful ambience they create, can be addictive, so it should come as no surprise if you find yourself tempted to turn a whole room a deep navy or charcoal grey.

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Put your stamp on it
In this calm space, paler colours have been introduced through accessories and the carpet, but the owners have chosen quiet, light neutrals rather than bold colours to freshen the scheme without disturbing the peace.

Pale, minimalist kitchens can run the risk of lacking individuality, but this space shows that one wall in a striking dark shade can add warmth and personality while retaining a clean-lined feel. The deep, greeny-grey tone set against crisp white units and timber accents makes the space feel welcoming and anything but clinical.

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Colour your cabinetry
If painting your walls in an inky shade is a step too far, consider introducing a deep colour through a large piece of furniture, like this single-wall kitchen. Blue kitchens are on trend right now, so why not follow suit with dark cabinetry?

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Flirt with grandeur
Dark blue can create a feeling of glamour, perfect for the bedroom. In this scheme, navy walls are teamed with rich, tactile textures, such as silk and faux fur, for a luxurious retreat.

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Make it multi-functional
The owners of this kitchen have made the most of the recent trend for black walls with a chalkboard in their kitchen. The velvety matt surface looks fabulous against the slick white units, while the chalked messages add personality and draw the eye to the end of the space, helping to make it look bigger – an illusion helped by the mirrored splashback.

Photo by Harriet Forde Design Ltd

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Reboot your garden
Your creativity doesn’t have to be restricted to your interior. If you want to keep your rooms light and bright, why not take your deep coloured wall outside – especially if you can see and enjoy it from indoors.

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Layer your darks
When there are so many choices, it’s hard to pick just one deep colour – so don’t! There’s no reason why you can’t layer two or more shades and really indulge in your dark fantasy.

This formal living room is a great example of mixing deep tones to create the perfect luxurious space, with the rich teal wall working in harmony with the matt charcoal fireplace.

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Break it up
If you’re not ready to commit to a whole wall, you can always break it up with a statement piece. The dark blue paint in this room emphasises the light reflected by the huge mirror, making the room feel light and bright – not what you’d expect from a navy wall.

The dark hue also brings to attention the glamorous gold legs of the console table. So if you have bright pieces and want to highlight them, an inky feature wall could work beautifully for you.

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