Making Any Room Dark And Moody


With summer beginning to look like it’s in the rearview mirror, a lot of people are planning on spending a little more time indoors. So, what’s the next-best alternative to concerts, sunshine and ice cream? Creating a comfortable, yet dynamic, nest for yourself that nonetheless has a splash of character.

Creating Moody, Dark Interiors 

Going dark doesn’t necessarily mean self-portraits of tortured artists and copies of Edgar Allen Poe lying around…but it might. Here are some guidelines for transforming a drab room into a moody getaway:

Start with Moody Colors

Moody colors like maroon, aubergine and deep blues can instantly create an atmosphere that’s moody, dynamic and captivating. Colder blue hues can gently inspire you to relax and take an hour out of your schedule for a good read while grey walls can give a comforting, vintage touch to a room. A matte charcoal is a color that works well when paired with slightly warmer-colored accessories (e.g., cool blue bedsheets).

Focus on Color Combinations

There’s a band that readers more advanced in their years will know all about – The Moody Blues. That name actually touches on the fact that a lot of us instantly associate moodiness with a deep blue hue. In fact, when a room’s deep blue it gives off a brooding vibe while also giving you the perception of more depth in a room. Complementing deep, blue walls with a crisp white ceiling adds a touch of luxury and mystery to any space.

Accent Your Design Ideas

A dark accent wall with grey or beige furniture can draw the eye in without being overwhelming or too showy. Furniture made out of brass or gold-toned lamps can also create an interesting counterbalance between darker, chocolate tones and warmer, more inviting ones.

Add a Mirror for Depth

When you’re dealing with matte black or charcoal grey, it’s important to make sure that you have a little depth in order to keep the room from slipping into a black void. Mirrors, in other words, do two things – they add depth and they provide a reflective quality that allows slightly more brightness to enter a space. This might all sound counterintuitive for creating a dark, brooding atmosphere, but the added depth and dimension actually heightens that moody aesthetic you’re going for.

Get the Ambience Just Right

In the same way that colors with too much saturation (e.g., bright red or neon green) are anathema to a moody atmosphere, lighting that’s too overbearing can ruin that dark, brooding vibe you’re going for. Instead go with lamp lighting dotted around the room or use LED lighting to create a moody ambience. You probably want to steer clear of using intense overhead lighting, although dimly lit chandeliers can definitely lend a gothic feel to a room.

Go with Minimalistic, Muted Furnishings

Matte colors that favor more of the bottom left of the color wheel can make a dark space feel like it has slightly more depth. Although you’ll want to lean towards deep blues and maroons for, say, rugs and pillows, the fact that you’re going the minimalist route means that you need to get the balance just right.

Offset Dark Walls with Accessories

If you’re concerned about a room being too moody, then try incorporating a slightly warmer-colored wall piece or a bookshelf. Almost by their nature, bookshelves add a splash of color since the bindings tend to be more vibrant and eye-catching. This can be a dynamic contrast to dark walls and bring the moody room in your mind’s eye to life.