One of the big trends this year is a focus on dark, moody paint colors.  This is one of my favorite design choices!  I love me a deep dark wall or room!    Deciding what color to use can be a challenge and my biggest piece of advice is always get a small sample of paint (a quart is sometimes what you will have to buy) and paint a few areas to see if you like it.  A bold paint color is a bit more risky in that it is harder to paint over someday if you change your mind – not impossible but just a little more work.

When you are deciding on a color, take into account the room itself.  How do you want to feel in the room OR what feeling are you trying to invoke from others?  One rule to follow when painting with a dark color is it almost always makes a space feel smaller or more cozy.  It also makes a space feel dramatic.  Some examples of great spaces to use a dark color are:  a powder room, an office, a more formal space or even just an accent wall in a bedroom.  Choosing to put a bold color on some cabinets is also a win in my book! These are just some examples of tried and true options, but a moody color can really be used anywhere.  I like using bold colors in smaller spaces or on an accent wall because I have an itty bitty problem of constantly changing my mind and this way it’s only a small space to paint over.  I also suggest picking 1-2 areas in your home to go bold in.  It can be overwhelming if every room has a bold dark color.  Contrast is our friend in good design.  Mixing light rooms with a 1-2 darker ones is the design jackpot!

Here are some of my favorite colors to go bold with!  I happen to love Benjamin Moore paint due to it’s quality, price and accessibility but almost every line of paint has something similar to these.

In general, I love blue paint.  It’s classic and rich.  It makes me think of New England, the ocean and the preppy look which is just so crisp.  I love dark navy, grey navy, pretty much any navy.  The blue paint below happens to be Brittania Blue and it has some gray and slight green undertones.  It’s definitely not a true navy.  For a truer Navy,  I also love Hale Navy and have used that in my son’s nursery 10 years ago!

Brittania Blue:

Hale Navy:

side note:  a Pottery Barn Kids nursery was my go-to back then!  I still love that preppy look with dark blue walls and stripes!

These cabinets!  Oh these cabinets!  What a dreamy kitchen.  I love this neutral space with the pop of Hale Navy island cabs and can I mention the brass fixtures???  Stunning!

Image Source:  House of Jade Interiors

The white built-ins in this office perfectly off set the darker Hale Navy surrounding walls.  This combo is perfection!

Image Source:  Studio McGee

Image Source:  Studio McGee

This year I am really excited about all the green I’m seeing in interiors!  I love placing green plants in a home because it really brings the design to a whole other level.  It brings nature in and makes the spaces kind of interchangeable.  So bringing a emerald-like green to the walls has me really excited!  It’s a nice change from all the blue!

I love how The Faux Martha paired the green wall with modern leather chairs and a colorful antique rug!  The perfect combination!

Source:  The Faux Martha

Studio McGee just nails these colors EVERY TIME!  I love this mixture of blue, green, gold and natural elements!

Source:  Studio McGee

What a pretty tile for a kitchen back splash or a shower stall.

Source:  Fireclay Tile

This hexagon tile is gorgeous with the raw wood floating shelf, neutral cabs and countertop!

Source:  Kate Arends Wit & Delight

I hope this post inspires you to go bold in your own designs at home!  Have a wonderful weekend!