Photo Gallery: Paint Combos
Dark ceilings work best in rooms with high ceilings and loads of natural light. A green accent colour will complement mauve walls or accessories.
Pair pale or white walls with a dark ceiling or splashes of a bright accent colour like pink or green. This living room from our special Condos issue in 2008 has high, lofty ceilings and minimalist furniture, but the hits of pink art and orange throws infuse warmth into the space.
Set off subdued vanilla walls with bright white trim and deep grey or blue accessories. Mix in modern art and statement furniture to keep the cottagey colours fresh and up-to-date.
A classic style living room — with white walls, moulding and an on-trend navy blue door — is given a relaxed spin with a chintz-covered sofa and a dramatic art installation. H&H loves this “traditional remix”, and named this room the look of the year for 2010. To introduce a bold colour to an otherwise white room, try painting a door to bring in a nautical colour scheme without the dramatic effect of painting all four walls.
Deep blue walls may seem risky, but they will appear fresh and nautical with grey trim or accents. Introduce a bright and cheerful accent colour like pink or orange to liven up the look.
This dramatic living space follows 2010’s top trends with its dark walls, moulding and fireplace, and pops of bright colours. White piping on the electric blue chairs and lattice-print carpet give the inviting space an eclectic feel.
Dark walls can work in a room with plenty of natural light. Keep the look dramatic with deep red or purple accents and vintage accessories.
Predominantly white bedding and two oversized, white vintage lamps pop against a boldly painted charcoal wall. Leaving the ceiling white allows the accent wall and accessories to take centre stage.
Dark walls should be paired with a neutral or pale-coloured ceiling. Try a feminine coral to soften the dramatic walls. Bright yellow accents and quirky collectibles will keep the look lively.
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.