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Dark doesn’t have to be dull

When deciding what look and feel we want in our homes choosing a colour palette we like enough to last longer than a few weeks can be a difficult task.

As space is at such a premium today, we tend to choose light colours in fear of making our rooms seem smaller.  However, bold and dark colours can add warmth and mood to a room without making it feel gloomy.

In the past purple is a colour people would normally associate more with bedrooms, however dusky mauves and intense aubergines can also look very sophisticated in the living room.  The key to this look is about balancing different shades of purple and also using reddish pinks so it doesn’t become too overpowering.  Key pieces such as flower arrangements, artwork and patterned scatter cushions help to add interest and texture. Lindow in Abergine from Clarke & Clarke (which is shown below reupholstered on a sofa by Plumbs) is the perfect way to add a splash of purple in your home, and can be matched with a range of textures and colours.

Plumbs Reupholstery


This look below is about deep and intense shades of blue that are balanced with grey and white.  When thinking of accessories choose objects to contrast the matt walls such as mirrors, gleaming pewter, glass, and flowers to add femininity to the look. Think carefully about how much light a particular room gets before going too dark, as lighter shades can be just as effective.

Choosing Navy Blue for living room furniture can be practical as well as stylish.  These Loose Covers in Elegant Mini – Navy Blue will help to hide imperfections but can also be easily removed and washed.  To soften the look, add neutral scatter cushions.

Plumbs Loose Covers

If you would like advice on incorporating a deep colour palette in your home contact Plumbs today for a FREE No Obligation Quote.

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