Interior Design: Dark Walls

Interior Design: Dark Walls

While the calendar officially marked the arrival of autumn late last month it feels as though it has finally arrived here in Seattle. With it’s crisp, sunny days, leaves crunching under foot, and the smell of woodsmoke in the air, I think autumn is my favorite season. The arrival of autumn also signals a shift of focus from outdoors to indoors, from balmy evenings spent with friends under twinkling patio lights to candle-lit evenings in front of the fireplace, from spaces that are light and bright to spaces that are duskier and more intimate.

Indoor spaces painted a deep, rich color immediately feel more luxe and cosseting, and somehow more personal. It speaks to a certain self possession when we have the courage to invite a deep color into our home. And inviting others in to join us in this indulgence is to allow them to see who we really are.

The bedroom – the most personal of spaces – is the perfect place to embrace a deep, rich color. A romantic space, most often occupied at night, frequently with dimmed lighting or candles becomes even more intimate and moody with a duskier color.


Image: Soho House NY | Color: Benjamin – Polished Slate


Living rooms walls saturated in rich colors and balanced with lighter trims, flooring, and furnishings or light reflecting metals are deeply enveloping.

Image and color: Farrow and Ball – Stone Blue


Image: Pinterest | Color: Benjamin Moore – Pacific Palisades


Image: Pinterest | Color: Benjamin Moore – Gray


Image: Pinterest | Color: Benjamin Moore – Eggplant


Image: Pinterest | Color: Farrow and Ball – Blue Oval Room

If the colors above feel too dark for your space you can still achieve a more personal feel with a mid-tone color such as the ones below

Image and color: Dulux – Heart Wood


Image: Pinterest | Color: Sherwin-Williams – Rose Brocade


Image: Domino | Color: Behr – In The Moment

I hope you’ll be inspired to think of a deeper, richer color for your home.

If you’re thinking of updating your home I’m now booking clients for late fall and winter. Contact me at and let’s discuss  your project.