Dark paint draws attention to a concrete ceiling.
Homeowner Scott Shortt wanted his 586-square-foot Toronto condo to feel cosy and less "big blank box". Dark floors and a charcoal wall inject personality into the small space rather than making it feel cramped. The dark walls also make the raw concrete ceiling seem more like a feature, and draw the eye to his artwork, bright white sofa and splashy throw pillows. If you do go dark on the walls, be sure to incorporate bright accent colours like Scott has done here.
See more photos from 2010's Trendsetting Paint Colours Gallery.