Did anyone else feel the chill in the air this week or was it my imagination? I think Fall has finally decided to grace us with her presence, right before Thanks Giving and I for one, am happy to see her! And with that cooler weather comes visions of cozy blankets, hot soups, crackling fires. I also find myself noticing paint colors that feel warm and enveloping, colors that invite you to curl up and stay a while. It could be a result of the finale of a particularly grueling political season (let’s be real, no one enjoyed that) and there’s something comforting about a bedroom, especially that essentially wraps its arms around you and tells you that it’s all going to be ok. So with that, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dark cozy bedroom inspirations.

We’ve touched on the Gray craze in a previous post and I still love it so much. It’s a great neutral and these are great shades to start with if you’re nervous about going too dark



But if you’re feeling really moody, you could step off the ledge a bit and go darker






Some things to consider when you’re going this dark:

  1. The amount of natural sunlight in the room- Typically speaking, I don’t recommend colors this dark in a room with little to no sunlight. It just becomes too cave light and can engulf a room. However, there are ways to counter that….
  2. Notice that these rooms all have white or light accents to balance out the light. It also creates a dramatic contrast to the depth of color on the walls.
  3. Also, MIRRORS!!! I know you know this but it bears repeating. If you have limited light or a highly saturated room, mirrors are a MUST. Make sure they’re facing something worth reflecting or a specific light source, like a window for maximum effectiveness.

Grays are not the only option for dark moody rooms.

Blues and Teals and Greens…











Keep in mind too, if the idea of painting an entire room such dark rich colors, you could always break it up by doing just an accent wall


or using wainscotting


Which is your favorite?

No matter what, don’t be afraid of color. If you’ve got a color in mind, I always tell my clients to go with your first instinct. Don’t get nervous. After all, it’s just paint!!!




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