The Dulux Flourish Palette is heavy with rich, sensual hues and warm neutrals. Bringing darker tones into the home can create a sense of fullness and adds drama to a space. Find out how to best to bring in darker tones and style with darker colours. Written by Bree Leech. Colours featured: Dulux Henna Red.
A darker colour can have a big effect on a room adding personality and depth.
Cooler dark colours can recede and make a space feel larger. Warmer dark colours can create a cosy mood.
I like to add moody, immersive colour to rooms that already lack light, this plays on the existing mood making it a feature rather than something undesirable. Darker colour tends to work best in closed rooms rather than open plan.
If adding a darker colour to an open plan, consider where it will be applied to make the most of the feature - use it to highlight architectural features or a wall of art.
Darker hues are often associated with decadent interiors - so luxurious fabrics such as velvet and silk work well to add to this mood but most textures and materials work with dark colours.
Sometimes just a dark wall as a backdrop for art or to help minimise the impact of your wall-mounted television is all that’s needed in a room for that balance of light and dark.
Deeper colour works so well as a focal point in a room, it doesn't have to be immersive.
Russet Tan is warm, rich brown with slightly red undertone making it perfect to create a striking space especially in a formal room such as a master bedroom. It can also add an extra element to exterior accent pieces such as doors and pots. Capture the mood of this colour with warm whites, dusty pinks and muted reds to add vibrancy or pair with dark charcoals for a sophisticated feel.
Bree Leech is a designer with over 25 years experience who specialises in trend forecasting, interior styling and the creation of visual content. As the Dulux Colour Forecaster and Stylist, Bree collaborates closely with Dulux Colour Specialists Davina Harper and Andrea Lucena-Orr to create each year’s trend predictions.