How to Use Dark Paint in an Interior like a Professional (or at least like a still life artist)

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Inspiration from the past: Mario Buatta

I love dark paint but I have a lot of trouble persuading most clients to go darker even after they’ve called me in to help with paint because their walls resemble an operating room.  If you’re scared to go dark, but want to try it, learn from a master like Mario Buatta (above), and pair super dark walls with light colored furnishings, art, reflective surfaces, flowers and plants.  It’s a very chic way to ease into living with dark walls.

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Dark gray walls and ceiling are paired with light and bright objects, art and furnishings for some lovely trendy glamour. (47 Park Avenue – click the photo for the link).
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An elegant dining room brought to life with very dark walls paired with light and bright colored furniture and objects.
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Another dark room with trendy, light colored and reflective furniture and objects. (Atlanta Homes Magazine)
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The designer Abigail Ahern’s bedroom. She’s a huge proponent of going to the dark side – click the image for a link to her fantastic blog.
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Here’s a more humble aestethic illustrating the exact same principle. Dark background + light objects + reflective surfaces + flowers or plants = beauty no matter what your budget or taste.

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