The interiors world is going through a dark time, and that’s not a bad thing! One glance at Instagram and the #styleitdark hashtag and you’ll see that we’re all fully embracing darker colour palettes in creative ways. For years, design choices have been led by the advice that a white or light-centred interiors are the best starting point, however, we have quickly learnt that darker colours can be just as, if not more, effective as a base to work from.
Here at Cullifords, we love witnessing all the trends come through to us – it’s fascinating to see how the demand for certain colours and materials grows, and wondering whether the latest trend will be around for a while or if it is just a craze. A few years ago, we noticed an increase in demand for colourful and detailed surfaces (especially pinks and greens, and blues aren’t far behind either!), and whilst it remains to be seen if this will continue, we feel that the trend for darker surfaces will be here for a while yet.
Darker shades make colours pop
Contrary to popular belief, colours will look more vibrant against a dark backdrop. Placed next to a white or lighter colour, the vibrancy is absorbed and reflected back, whilst against a dark shade, the colours will contrast beautifully and truly pop. So if you’re wanting to add some characterful colour, whether that’s through plants or accessories, a darker surface is the best choice.
Spaces can be opened up by dark colours
How many times have you heard the advice that you should opt for lighter colours so that your space feels more open? What you aren’t often told is that this is really only the case if you have natural light to play with, as it can bounce of lighter surfaces. If you are working with a space with little to no natural light, it’s actually better to consider going dark. By doing so you will add depth and character and you can then brighten up the space with clever lighting and even colourful accessories.
Team dark surfaces with metallic finishes
The perfect pairing – dark surfaces and metallic accents will work particularly well in kitchens and bathrooms. From knurled brush brass handles to chrome fixtures and fittings and even copper details, dark countertops and splashbacks will really complement reflective accents.
Don’t just stick to black
Dark doesn’t have to been grey, black or blue – there are plenty of other colours such as rusty oranges, terracotta reds and earthy browns that will also work just as well as dark backdrops. With the resurgence of more earthy tones over the past few years, everyone has become a bit braver when it comes to colour choice. From forest greens to deep brick red, as long as you plan your scheme and match it well with its surroundings, dark surfaces will help you to create a truly standout statement scheme.
When it comes to stone slabs, there is a huge range of dark surfaces to choose from at Cullifords. From black quartzite backdrops with exquisite gold veining to black and gold brecciated stones, our vast and varied collection of slabs will provide you with the dark backdrop you’re searching for, whether it’s for walls, floors, splashbacks or bed headboards. To book an appointment to visit our stone yard and view our collection, head over to our contact page.