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Get in the Mood: 10 Dark Rooms We Love

It seems like white is the go-to color for walls and ceilings, but as of late, black has been creeping into the cosmos of interior design. While it’s a mammoth contrast to white, black and dark rooms can create a cozy, almost soothing feel when done right. Just like white, other colors tend to pop off the dark base making it the perfect neutral backdrop for a dramatic space. Take a look at 10 interior spaces that offer dark and moody vibes.

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Get in the Mood: 10 Dark Rooms We Love

The stunning home of Moroso’s creative director, Patrizia Moroso, was designed by none other than Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. The upstairs living room has dark walls and furnishings from designers like Ron Arad, which are paired with contemporary Iranian rugs.

Photo by Andrea Ferrari

Photo by Andrea Ferrari

Milan-based Studiopepe designed this living room for Spotti Milano which has a wall covered in what looks like Xeroxed copies of a blown-up photograph of trees. An Egg Chair in a complementing gray, along with a black sofa and wooden sideboard, complete the cozy room.

Photo by Peter Fehrentz

Photo by Peter Fehrentz

This relatively small apartment in Berlin, designed by Peter Fehrentz, has old wood floors painted in a dark eggplant color, which ties into the custom rose color of the kitchen cabinets. Black tile and black walls make the splash of pink really pop while keeping with the moody atmosphere.

Photo by Simon Maxwell

Photo by Simon Maxwell

Designed by Architecture for London, the dark walls and ceiling in this cozy bedroom within a Georgian townhouse in London are balanced out with the natural floors, simple bed frame, and colorful bedding.

Photo by Nik Epifanidis

Photo by Nik Epifanidis

Interior designer Chelsea Hing lets viewers into her own apartment in Melbourne, Australia, where dark is the theme. This light-filled living room has a dark blue sectional sofa against dark walls and a dark rug giving it a moody feel.

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From Maison Hand, this dramatic dining room in an apartment in Lyon Saint Georges does dark and moody perfectly. By keeping almost everything in the same tone, the room feels cohesive and homey.

Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt

Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt

Swedish photographer Jonas Ingerstedt shot this apartment for Sweden’s Elle Decoration and this room looks as if it could double as a dining room or be an office. Either way, the charcoal grey walls and and doors mix with the light wood floors and stools to create a warm space.

Photos by John Downs

Photos by John Downs

The sophisticated Marine Parade Apartment in Brisbane, designed by James Dawson, features a black wooden veneer kitchen with hand-drawn graphic wallpaper on the ceiling. Strategically placed mirrors help brighten up the small space and give it the illusion of being larger than it is.

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Another dramatic kitchen, this one is within what’s called the Vipp Shelter. Vipp is the beloved Copenhagen-based brand that designs those gorgeous trash cans and now they’ve tackled their biggest project to-date – a prefab home. Within the interior is a classic Vipp kitchen island which is surrounded by all-black surfaces except the dark grey floor.

Photo by Vassilis Skopelitis

Photo by Vassilis Skopelitis

The living room of avid collector, Alketas Pazis, houses furnishings in various styles from the 1900’s – 1950’s set against dark walls, letting the objects truly standout.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.