Common sense would suggest that the best color to paint a room with little natural light would be white. After all, what makes a room look brighter and lighter more than stark white walls? Contrary to popular belief, the best paint color for low-light rooms is not actually white. An all-white room can only contribute to making it feel bland and uninspiring, rather than giving it the bright and airy feel we all crave and love. Ready to see your dark room in a whole new light?
Read on for the best paint colors for dark rooms.
Benjamin Moore Black Beauty
If you're going to go dark in a room, why not go all the way and opt for an all-black look? This color would look great on built-in bookcases or even painted on all walls and the ceiling for a cozy, dramatic look. "When choosing a paint color for your home, it's important to take into consideration the architecture, the purpose, the shape, the direction of a room, and the light, as they will contribute to the changing appearance of colors," explains Charlie Cosby, head of creative at Farrow & Ball.
In north-facing rooms, which are notoriously low in natural light, Cosby advises staying away from white: "North-facing rooms can be difficult to decorate, as they are naturally darker. In these spaces, we would advise you to use strong color and embrace what nature has given. Dark colors can all be used to create drama and intimacy."
If you're feeling adventurous, try a deep plum like this Prince color from paint startup Clare. This moody hue pairs well with warm neutrals to create a cozy vibe that's perfect for a lounge or TV room.
Sherwin-Williams Charcoal Blue
This almost-black blue hue is perfect for creating a dark and dramatic flair in a living or dining room. Try pairing it with cool light blue and gray tones.
Start by testing colors at home to see how the color choices respond to the changing light in a space and how well they work with a room's features.