7 Dark Bedroom Ideas You Definitely Shouldn't Sleep On

Unless you're talking about the Force in Star Wars, exploring the dark side doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, dramatic color palettes have been gracing our Instagram feeds more and more lately, and it appears, the darker you go for 2019, the better. With bedrooms primarily used for, well, sleeping, it's certainly one of the better rooms to explore a moodier color scheme.

But before you take the plunge, it's important that you feel relaxed and comfortable when surrounded by dark colors and not depressed or full of angst. Opt out of the trend if darker hues affect your mood in an unpleasant way. On the other hand, if you've been daydreaming about a brooding background in decadent black or deep cherry red, scroll on to discover seven of our favorite dark bedroom ideas of the moment.

1. Make mine a dark and stormy.

dark gray bedroom with glass chandelier
credit: Making Spaces

If you're considering a dark bedroom, make sure there is plenty of natural light to counteract the dramatic hue. This gorgeous bedroom by British interior designer Karen Knox features a dark shade of gray on both walls and ceiling but still looks inviting and warm thanks to the pops of color throughout.

2. Paint it black.

black bedroom with light furnishings
credit: Tom Blachford

Black bedrooms have become increasingly popular and this home designed by Melbourne-based architectural firm Meme Design shows exactly why. The dark wall color adds a feeling of luxury while natural textures, flowery patterns, and light linens bestow a soft, cozy presence in the room.

3. Stay bold.

Bella Freud and Maria Speake decked out this plush apartment in London's old BBC Television Centre with decor that might just remind you of your time in the '70s. The dark bedroom was painted in a decadent cherry red that remains rich yet vibrant, too. When can we move in?

Get the look: Ruby Starlet by Dulux

4. Create a feature wall.

UK-based Theresa Gromski's boho-inspired bedroom makes use of a dark-blue feature wall to highlight the character-filled vintage furniture and rattan lighting. And yes, we absolutely have pillow envy.

5. Go for gray.

While you might be of the opinion that gray is reserved for rainy days only, this dark bedroom shows that gray can be anything but gloomy when used in a contemporary way. The warm tones of the paint create a cozy feeling that is perfectly paired with organic ceramics, bright linens, and a hint of greenery. It's minimal, yet utterly sophisticated at the same time.

Get the look: Astronomical by Behr

6. Don't forget the ceiling.

A deep, blue-black paint will bring all the glamour to your bedroom, especially when paired with brass details and luxe fabrics. In this bedroom by House of Nomad co-founder, Kelley Lentini, the moody vibe of the jewel-tone walls sets the scene for the rest of the bedroom. She completed the look with a velvet headboard and textiles that reflect her eclectic eye. We've got just one question: Can we keep the cat?

7. Add elements of color.

For fans of midcentury furniture and a simple yet elegant look, go for green when opting for a darker color. Walnut furniture instantly adds character and depth, and the vibrant flowers look incredible against the rich, velvety backdrop.

Get the look: Alpine Trail by Behr


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.