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Charcoal Wall

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.

  • Photographer: Michael Graydon
  • Source: House & Home August 2008 issue
  • Products: Pillows on leather chairs, Fluf Design; table in between leather chairs, AT Design Group; red and white pillow, Pottery Barn; yellow and white pillow, Fluf Design; art, Better Place to Hide (342-010) by Rory O'Kelly, Canvas Gallery; white tray, AT Design Group; coral on side table, Pottery Barn.

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