BUSTING THE MYTH OF DARK COLOURS
The days are becoming shorter and cosiness beckons: the perfect time to start experimenting with dark colours and turn every room into a warm, intimate cocoon. And don't worry about the myth that dark colours shrink, the opposite is true. All you need is to be brave enough to abandon the safety of white and choose the right colour combinations. So, Quick-Step offers a broad range of decors to create a sophisticated dark style. But does the dark still scare you? These tips will help you see the light!
RECOGNISING COLOUR IN THE DARK
The autumn invites you to cocoon and turn your home into a place to snuggle up. With dark shades you can create an intimate feel and even a mysterious and luxurious atmosphere. Anything is possible, as long as you opt for a warm undertone and provide the necessary contrasts. Even grey can become exciting, because objects in fluorescent or pastel shades offer a beautiful contrast against a grey background. And real daredevils can go one step further with combinations such as olive green and scarlet or orange and brown. Even small rooms can exude luxury if you use dark colours.
COMBINING IS THE ART
Dark shades are often associated with gloom, but the opposite is true. The art is in combining intense, rich colours with the right materials and objects. Natural materials such as wood and jute are the most obvious choice because they exude warmth. But a mirror with a decorative gold-coloured frame or a wardrobe painted with silk emulsion can brighten up the room. Design elements in luxury metallic materials such as copper, chrome or brass reinforce the sense of luxury. And atmospheric lighting such as a large chandelier, a few minimalist spots or subdued wall lamps, let you create an intimate ambience that adds another dimension to cocooning.
A LIGHT FLOOR, OR CAN YOU GO A BIT DARKER STILL?
The key question that remains is what to do with your floors. There are plenty of options among Quick-Step's laminate, vinyl and parquet flooring collections to create this luxurious darker style. You can choose from a broad range of light wood decors that contrast beautifully with darker walls and add warmth to your interior. Conversely, a floor with a clean concrete look stands out attractively against darker, wood furniture or a built-in wardrobe in walnut. You want it darker? If you do, go for a darker type of wood – or even a jet-black floor – and combine it with lighter materials such as marble. Once you've overcome your fear of the dark, there's nothing to hold you back.