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Dark Walls And Patterned Wallpaper : Are You Ready To Go To The Dark Side?

Here at Industville, we like to ensure all of our customers are on top of their style game when it comes to interior design trends. That’s why this week’s blog will be focused on the latest trend of dark feature walls, how they can be used to complement our vintage industrial lighting and the best ways to tap-in to the latest style that’s taking the world of interior design by storm. 

Brooklyn Balloon Cage Pendant - 6 Inch - Copper, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by The Paper Partnership)

Pair dark walls with metallic for ultimate drama

Dark greys, deep blues and vivid greens are just some of the ways you can get on this hypnotic trend and transform your space into a luxurious, mysterious interior. To make the most of the dark, moody walls, position metallic vintage light fittings on the walls and ceiling to make the raw, authentic colours truly pop. Here at Industville, we have a range of metallic lighting options, including brass, copper, and pewter, all of which work exceptionally well in the forefront of darker backgrounds. Find out more about How to Incorporate Metallics, to create the perfect living area that is bang on-trend. 

Brooklyn Flat Pendant - 8 Inch - Brass, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by The Paper Partnership)

For deep, dark and delightful, choose blue

Dark walls create a blank canvas that provides you with the creative freedom to experiment with art, style and colour and add your own unique twist to your interior design ideas. Blue is a neutral, versatile colour that can work with a variety of tones and shades, yet still bold and brave enough to make an impact. Deep blue walls work particularly well when paired with copper or brass, bringing an element of elegance to the design and an aesthetical combination that no guest will be forgetting anytime soon. Still unconvinced to move over to the dark side? Check out these swoon-worthy interiors for further inspiration that may be able to convince you that blue is best.

Swan Neck Cone Wall Light - 7 Inch - Brass, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by @cold_feet_petite)

Select deep greens for optimum sophistication

Despite the original rise of sophisticated greens dating back to the 80s-90s, this craze is back with a vengeance, and we couldn't be happier about it! Greens work particularly well in the bedroom, for an ideal, relaxing place to rest, and we recommend finding bedding, pillows, throws and curtains that are of neutral colours for a match made in heaven in the bedroom.

Brooklyn Glass Cone Pendant - 7 Inch, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by Jennifer Herridge)

For those brave enough to try it, rich greens also work well in dining rooms and bathrooms. Pair darker greens with warm-toned metallic accessories and finishes to allow them to stand out in front of a moody backdrop. From metallic baths, taps and light fixtures to candles, trays and drawer handles; there are a plethora of ways to combine the two, each as effective as the next.

Brooklyn Glass Funnel Pendant - 7 Inch, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @interiorvoice)

Original statement art is the perfect finishing touch to green interiors and can be displayed in metallic or dark wooden frames for optimum impact. The art itself can be modern and bold or classic and timeless, depending on your personal preferences. Glass lighting pendants and wall lights can give the illusion of space, while big bulbs are even more impactful against the dark background.

Swan Neck Cone Wall Light - 8 Inch - Pewter, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by Burley Manor, Ben Harcom Photography)

Go dark grey or go home

With many associating grey with industrial settings, it’s the cooler, more chic cousin of white that we can’t help but lust after. The colour is neutral, creating a cool, calm and collected vibe that can be brought to life by accessories, making it the perfect choice for those looking to experiment with décor. Grey is an on-trend colour that’s here to stay, and pairs excellently with copper, brass and minimalist big bulbs. Shades of grey immediately add an air of class and maturity to any space and makes it easier for homeowners to achieve an effortless, simple chic look. Grey provides the perfect backdrop to our retro light fittings, which capture the attention of guests immediately, and the neutral background allows the raw, handcrafted nature of the shades to take precedence. For the best results, use a mixture of metals in conjunction with each other for a truly edgy style.

Sleek Pendant - 1 Wire - Brass, £29, Sleek Pendant - 1 Wire - Pewter, £29, Sleek Pendant - 1 Wire - Copper, £29, by Industville 

Cheat the system with wallpaper

An easy way to get the look without spending hours and hours painting layers upon layers onto your feature wall is with wallpaper. Modern varieties of wallpaper are easy to apply and hassle-free, leaving you with the same aesthetic values of a painted feature wall, with minimal effort. We spoke to wallpaper experts The Paper Partnership, about the latest interior design trends in wallpaper and which lights they would recommend.

Old Factory Slotted Pendant - 15 Inch - Copper, £99, by Industville (Image supplied by The Paper Partnership)

 What is the most popular wallpaper style?

There is currently a trend for large scale or very full designs, the type that my grandmother would have described as “blousy’. Also, all our customers buy a lot of semi-plain wallpapers, the exact opposite of this! These papers offer a textured alternative to just plain painted walls.

And geometric patterns are still surfing the crest of a long-running wave of popularity.

Brooklyn Giant Step Pendant - 18 Inch - Brass, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by The Paper Partnership)

How do brass and copper lights stand out on dark walls and what impact does that have?

In Wallpaper the trend for silver metallic has passed, and now people are looking for much warmer tones, such as gold, brass and copper. AS can be found in Highbrook and Gingko. These relate to the retro 70’s and 80’s trend- but also are warmer and friendlier to live with.

The warmth in brass and copper sits particularly well with the dark colours that are fashionable- as dark grey, blue and green are actually quite cool colours. These warm metallics add a touch of fire and keep the overall look warmer, whilst still being dramatic.

Brooklyn Giant Bell Pendant - 20 Inch - Brass, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by The Paper Partnership)

Which would be your favourite light from our range to be placed against a dark wall and why?

The Globe collection Pendant in Brass or Copper.

We used these seductive metallic globes in two different formats on our stand at Heimtex this year - and each time they were stunning.

Either in a line at different heights or rotating and dropping in waterfall type arrangement- they add little spots of light that cast shadows and highlights across the wall. This creates visual impact and interest and on a dark wall adds several layers of interest to the wall colour.

The Globe Collection Pendant - Brass, £69, The Globe Collection Pendant - Pewtter, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by The Paper Partnership)

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at dark walls, and that this blog has given you some inspiration for how you can incorporate them into your home. If you have any further questions about anything you’ve read here or would like to know more about the services offered by Industville, please contact a member of our passionate and friendly team today.

Sleek Umbrella Pendant - 8 Inch - Brass, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by The Paper Partnership)

Main Header Image; Brooklyn Cone Wall Light - 7 Inch - Brass, £79 by Industville (Image supplied by Focus Design)


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