Have You Considered Dark Academia for your Interiors?

Do you love that dark brooding interiors you often see in horror movies or those exquisite libraries you notice in those manors shown in those Britcoms, then have we got a treat for you!

Here are some tips to consider when you’re wanting to install dark hued cabinetry in your home. There are few tips that you really keep in mind when trying to go for this look and if you ignore them, the results could be disastrous. So have a look at the various tips I’ve mentioned below and see what you think 🙂

Something to consider when considering this style is what colour do you want to use? Black and shades of black (grey) are probably the best choices to achieve this style. But even colours on the darker scale will accomplish this Academia style. Keep in mind what we’re trying to achieve, we’re looking towards something that looks like it’s been there for quite some time and has that look of antiquity.

Another consideration is what colour to choose. A dark navy blue can be very calming while red will make you vibrate more. The best thoughts are to stick to the theme of darkness and antiquity. 

For instance, a flat paint sheen like matte are brilliant for creating luxurious atmospheres. These finishes are ideal for hiding irregularities or imperfections in paintwork, and they are effortless to touch up. However, they scuff easily. For this reason, a matte or flat finish is best on surfaces that are safely out of reach, like ceilings. 

Keep in mind that the key to a successful dark interior design is balance. This means your design needs different textures as well as lighter tones. Light-coloured décor will not only create contrast, but it will also add depth and structure to the space. After all, a well-defined room is harmonious and balanced on all fronts. It’s good to have a bit contrast but not too much.


Did you know dark colours don’t always make spaces feel smaller? On the contrary – tiny rooms can feel surprisingly spacious in dark colours. It’s all because deep tones blur walls’ edges, making spaces feel almost infinite. On the other hand, black shades can create a cosy atmosphere in large rooms.


Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time for inspiring dark home interior ideas. Discover how to put together chic spaces that are equal parts cosy and mysterious. 

Forget about black-painted room ideas for a moment – why not up the drama with glossy black tiles or bricks? Since they’re easy to clean, tiles are ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. If an entire room covered in dark tiles is too much, only use them for a focal point, such as the shower, stove top back splash, or office feature wall. 

Light rooms imitate daytime while dark rooms echo the night. With this in mind, you can copy the feeling of a vast night sky in your dark house interior with a painted ceiling. Create the illusion of infinite space by coating the ceiling and walls in the same dark shade. In effect, it blurs the lines of where the ceiling begins and the wall ends.

Alternatively, for high ceilings or to add a sense of cosiness in a light room, paint the ceiling a few shades darker. It’s sure to create an intimate atmosphere. Plus, you can paint a strip, from ceiling to walls, in a room to emphasise a special area. The high contrast also makes quite the style statement. 

At times, an all-out dark hue or black wall interior design can be intimidating. So, why not take a smaller step? For an equally brooding yet lighter effect, start by painting a room’s door and window trim, built-in shelves, and mantelpiece in a dark tone. Then, cover the walls in a lighter, analogous shade. For instance, pair a textured grey wallpaper with lustrous black detail.

On the other hand, it’s also striking to choose one dark hue and then cover the entire room with it – walls, cabinets, the stairs, and beyond. Again, it’s a great way to make tiny interiors seem grander.

When people consider dark interior design, they often think of cooler shades, like deep blues, inky blacks, and moody greys. It means, for the most part, warmer tones on the dark color wheel go unnoticed. 

Explore those toasty hues on walls or furniture. You can certainly create a luxurious and modern dark interior design with warm tones. Think deep plum, earthy burgundy, or black raspberry to spice up your interior.

From a black interior kitchen to a living room – it’s important to accentuate dark-coloured spaces properly. That’s why adding warm light sources is so important, especially when a room has little to no natural light. 

A dark, modern house interior with warm lighting not only feels well-defined, but also has an air of luxury. With this in mind, consider dimmer switches. They’ll help maintain the perfect moody atmosphere, day or night.

Instantly brighten any dark, modern house interior by including reflective surfaces. These sparkly pieces can range from mirrors and mirrored furniture to metallic décor. Now, to reap the benefits, be sure to focus on positioning. Place the reflective décor, like a full-length mirror, opposite a window or other light source. That way, the light will bounce around the space better.

Modern, dark interior design benefits from plenty of texture as it adds depth and softens spaces. For this reason, including natural and organic accents in dark interior design is a must. Wood details, like a bed frame or kitchen cabinet fronts, do wonders to keep dark-toned rooms feeling nice and cosy. 

Additionally, you can add other organic items like woollen blankets, throw pillows, and handwoven rugs.

A dark house interior design trick that’s equally clever and attractive is painting the walls and furniture the same colour. The benefits are twofold. Firstly, it shifts focus from especially bulky pieces like bookshelves. And secondly, it makes spaces seem more open and less cluttered since the furniture blends into the backdrop. Plus, such a uniform backdrop is the perfect space for accentuating an artwork or flourishing pot plant. 

Japandi, French Country, or rustic – whatever the style, it can work in dark hues. That’s the true beauty of today’s dark, modern house interior designs. They can and will work according to anyone’s preferences. All that’s necessary are a few ideas and a little bit of creativity to make it all happen.

Spruce up your dark decor to fit the season. Halloween, for instance, is the opportune time to try moody decor and inject a bit of dark design into your home. Think ghostly Victorian artwork, stylish ravens, or chic fossils. In this way, you can make darker design ideas work in any setting.


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