The dark side
6 December 2018

Interior edit: the dark side


Think black is dreary? Think again. Be inspired by these stunning moody-hued rooms to make ebony, charcoal, graphite and onyx your new favourite shades. We show you how…

In the bathroom…

Just as white walls can expand a space, dark hues can work their own type of magic in small rooms – and with often better results. In pokey, characterless bathrooms black can look high end and elegant, especially when paired with the right accessories. Dive right in with floor to ceiling black walls or dip your toe into the trend with one feature wall in black. Juxtapose with reflective materials – gold, copper, brass – or keep it sparse with a show-stopping black tub for maximum opulence.

Dark side bathroom
1 Clarice black and gold round convex porthole mirror (medium) from £150 2 Paternity + John Lewis Ritual Reflect bathmat from £20 3 Aquaflow Italia Nero black thermostatic shower column from (visit site for local stockist) £575 4 The Starck 1 Barrel Vanity unit in high gloss black from Duravit. Visit for stockist details. From £1,838 5 Amph black metal wall storage with hooks from £89 6 Dado black metal soap dispenser from £12

In the bedroom…

Don’t be afraid of the dark when it comes to bedrooms. Moody, inky shades are ideal for creating a cosy cocoon to retreat to in the winter. The trick to perfecting the look is to partner various black shades of similar intensity – then throw in a punch of colour. Patterned black damask wallpaper is a lively alternative to flat black paint and looks glamourous teamed with ebony wide plank flooring. Create extra visual interest (and comfort) with multiple layers of bedding in contrasting textures.

Dark side bedroom
1 Niamh 100% cotton digital print duvet cover set from from £25 2 Macrame wall hanging from Sainsbury’s Home £14 3 Pax pendant light from Debenhams £27 4 Zanotta 250 Servonotte bedroom clothes stand from £283 5 Sophia 7-drawer chest (8523170) from Argos £249.99 6 Sheepskin rug in Australian merino wood from £60

In the kitchen…

Black kitchens are totally on trend this season. In big, open plan kitchen-diners match black cabinetry to black appliances and black walls to create a less sparse and more cocooning, seriously sleek entertaining space. If you’re not keen on floor to ceiling darkness, lighten the mood with walnut worktops and wood flooring and opt for a mix of different light sources – pendants, undercounter leds, wall sconces – to add another dimension. And if privacy isn’t an issue, leave windows undressed.

Dark side kitchen
1 Manford oak table from £595 2 Miele CM5500 countertop coffee machine with rose gold pearl finish. Visit for local stockists, from £799 3 Blanco Cube pendant extraction hood (BW2500WH) featuring 4 levels of extraction, aluminium filters and soft touch controls. Visit Blanco for local stockists, from £580 (ex VAT) 4 Stelton Emma cordless electric kettle with beech wood handle from £139 5 Franke Active Plus pull-out spray kitchen tap in matt black. Visit for local stockists, from £225 6 Colander from Debenhams £18

In the living room…

Black is full of depth and warmth and is capable of creating lots of drama in a living room, especially when teamed with white. Avoid a stark monochromatic look by layering black hues with off-whites and traditional patterns. Painting door frames, skirting and even radiators the same colour as the walls and built-in furniture creates a cohesive look and also makes the room feel bigger. Opting for black and white carpeting underfoot will allow you to throw shade on the ceiling for added visual impact.

Dark side living room
1 Tokki black side table from £250 2 Bronte 2-seater wingback sofa in black velvet from £399 3 Lori tall narrow bookcase by Vox in graphite from £155 4 Emmett Floor lamp from Marks & Spencer £89 5 Reflect black sideboard (small) by Søren Rose Studio for Muuto available from Maven, Belfast, from £1,795 6 Bamboo storage basket from Dunelm £10

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