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Stylist Notebook: In The Mood

Many people shy away from dark colours as they think it will make their room look dark, gloomy and uninviting, often that is completely wrong. As an interiors stylist I have learnt that darker tones can have the opposite effect and make a room feel more appealing, dramatic and create a scheme that oozes character and style.

By choosing the right balance of colour, you can step away from the pale grey, off whites and lighter colours so favoured by recent designers and make a real impact in your home that you can live with and enjoy.

This room looks stylish but is the dark wall going to work in my family home?

Yes! Although this is a very stylish look, we’ve been careful to balance the luxurious Inglewood Saxony carpet in the shade Peak Frost with the tones in the wall. The carpet lightens the wall instantly but without compromising the darker moody tones. In a communal family space, you’ll need to be thoughtful with your accessories, so we’ve teamed the look with a lighter neutral sofa - you’ll be surprised how well it works.

Inglewood Saxony - Peak Frost
Would a cream carpet and a charcoal sofa look better?

We would suggest creating a darker palette for the background and bring the room to life with more neutral tones – the sofa creates a perfect balance for the carpet and the wall. Introducing texture is also a great idea, the carpet range used, Inglewood Saxony is a deep pile carpet which provides total luxury underfoot, whilst also adding that element of texture against the structured wall. Use scatter cushions and artwork to lighten the mood, along with plants to bring an exciting breath of living fresh air into the room.

If I don’t really like blue then what else could I try?

This carpet tone works well with both light and dark colours. If you don’t like blue, why not try a blood red or an emerald green, as long as you’ve got the depth of colour in the wall and lighter pieces of furniture this look will work. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour – always try tester pots and see how the light falls in the room on the walls throughout the day.

How would you describe the look you’ve created?

At Cormar we try to create looks that will inspire our customers, sometimes for photoshoots we need to be quite brave and push the boundaries to ensure we’re on-trend. Right now, as trend forecasts show, we’ve recently been using stronger, more exciting hues and tones. With that in mind, we used lots of deep colour, taking us out of our comfort zone and combining a more modern, contemporary colour scheme into a classical setting. The sofa is a chesterfield which has its roots in the Victorian era, but we’ve also added a very modern table – don’t be afraid to combine these styles. Create an eclectic look in your home – play with colour and eras, there are no limits - just ensure the colours all work and the accessories create a balance between the two.