photo of bedroom showing beautiful deep red against classic white closets and moldings
photo of bedroom showing beautiful deep red against classic white closets and moldings

Don't Be Afraid of Dark Colors

Neutral color schemes can be a thing of beauty – typically light, airy, and welcoming of almost any decor. But luxurious dark colors impart drama, excitement, and coziness to a space, characteristics that are difficult to achieve with a paler palette. Peaceful greens and blues, passionate reds or energetic yellows can really transform a room. (read more about color psychology and design

Even small shifts in your color palette can make a big difference in the way a room looks. If you’re tired of a light, monochromatic color scheme, break things up by bringing in some contrast: Switch to darker, more colorful lamp shades, add some darker-colored curtains, drapes or blinds, or hang a piece of artwork done in a deep color palette. The result will surprise you.

photo of red bedroom
Red evokes energy and passion - perfect for an adult bedroom
photo of red bedroom
Red evokes energy and passion - perfect for an adult bedroom



Start by zeroing in on a strong color that can easily be integrated into your current décor. Then work it into your color scheme a step at a time. If your aim is to create a more dramatic dining room, for example, incorporate a dark color by way of a new tablecloth. Like what you see? Then add some matching accents. Still happy? Now, you can think about painting your walls.


Dark colors can indeed be beautiful but applying darker colored paint can be difficult. Surface imperfections may show through more prominently with a darker color, brush strokes or uneven application may be easier to see on a dark wall, and darker colors will usually require multiple coats. And, the type of paint being used really matters when you go dark.

At Old Village Master Painters we know how to work with darker colors. Our craftsmen are experts at surface preparation, including plaster walls found in older and historically significant homes. And we recommend and use only top quality paints and finishes.

Of course, not everyone has a fear of dark colors; some people love them. If you’re in that camp, then by all means saturate your home interior with saturated colors. Deep greens, rich reds, glamorous golds, and a host of other strong shades can make your home feel more luxurious and psychologically comforting.

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Contact Village to get started bring color to your world

Some content in this article from the Paint Quality Institute, used with permission.



Colorful Venetian Plasters

Dark colors don't need to keep in single shades or even use paint. Old Village's Design Studio can create colorful venetian plasters for your home. We can create pretty much any color you can dream of with a range of finishes from flat textured to a highly polished sheen. Moisture and mildew resistance make venetian plaster ideal for foyers, kitchens and baths - and very popular for restaurants and bars.

photo collage of venetian plaster
sample of Venetian Plasters created by the Old Village Design Studio
photo collage of venetian plaster
sample of Venetian Plasters created by the Old Village Design Studio

Bring Color to Cabinets

You can also bring colors to your room with colorful cabinets, furniture and shelving. Old Village can bring a variety of finishes such as the milk paint finish below to bring life back to old cabinets and other pieces in your home. Old Village can restore these old pieces and give them new life. We remove them from your home - remove old paints and finishes at our location using our proprietary EnveloStrip™ process - finish them with a factory finish paint or a specialty finish to match your decor - then reinstall them in your home.

photo of rust colored cabinets with velvety matte finish
The Old Village Design Studio created a beautiful velvety matte finish on these cabinets using milk paint followed with a wax finish
photo of rust colored cabinets with velvety matte finish
The Old Village Design Studio created a beautiful velvety matte finish on these cabinets using milk paint followed with a wax finish

Specialty Finishes

Specialty Finishes can also be used to bring warmth and color to your walls, ceilings or hardwood floors. Different treatments can highlight the natural colors in wood that creates a connection to the peaceful outdoors.



photo of fumed oak panels
Fumed Oak panels bring the warmth of natural wood to this converted barn in Chester County
photo of fumed oak panels
Fumed Oak panels bring the warmth of natural wood to this converted barn in Chester County

Tranquil Colors

Colors in the blue and green part of the spectrum bring a sense of peace to your space .. perfect for a relaxing bath ...

photo of bathroom with dark blue tub with lavender venetian plaster walls
The Old Village Design Studio created serene lavender venetian plaster walls for this bath in Gwynedd Valley..
photo of bathroom with dark blue tub with lavender venetian plaster walls
The Old Village Design Studio created serene lavender venetian plaster walls for this bath in Gwynedd Valley..

Light on Dark!

How to incorporate black or other really dark colors? A piece of black furniture will do the trick, as will anything made of wrought iron – or use it to highlight details in the room like the gorgeous high gloss black trim and doors from Fine Paints of Europe against white walls.


photo of hallway with white walls and black doors, floor trim and crown molding
Shiny black against a white wall gives this hallway a simple but luxurious look
photo of hallway with white walls and black doors, floor trim and crown molding
Shiny black against a white wall gives this hallway a simple but luxurious look

Ceilings

The 5th wall in your space is often an after thought but adding color to your ceiling can make it the room's most dramatic feature.

photo of terra cotta venetian plaster ceiling
A tray terra cotta venetian plaster with recessed lighting is a spectacular feature in this great room
photo of terra cotta venetian plaster ceiling
A tray terra cotta venetian plaster with recessed lighting is a spectacular feature in this great room



See how Old Village Master Painters can Preserve and Enhance the Beauty and Value of your Home.

Old Village Master Painters, Ltd.
PO Box 165
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0165 USA
© 2000- Old Village Master Painters, Ltd
PA Contractor PA049613

Old Village Master Painters, Ltd.
PO Box 165
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0165 USA
© 2000- Old Village Master Painters, Ltd
PA Contractor PA049613
Catering to Fine Homes in the Delaware Valley

215-540-0196 | Email
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