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Before & After: Painting the Wall Behind My Bed a Dark Accent Color


My new apartment was all white when I moved in. It was lovely at first and my bedroom, in particular, had a light, airy feeling. And then it got boring. After the thrill of moving into a new space wore off, I realized that my bedroom was TOO light and had no definition. It didn’t feel grounded and stylish either. It needed some color!


However, rather than paint all the walls, and inspired by some very dark walls I had seen on European blogs, I decided to do something new: go very dark with one bold color behind my bed. I wanted it to be so dark that it would dramatically set off the headboard and calm the room right down. I wanted my bright, soft bed to seem like the center of a cozy nest so that I would draw me to bed (and perhaps I wouldn’t stay up so late). And I would leave the other walls as is.

I tried some swatches of color on the wall over a few weeks and found myself tip toeing into darker and darker tones. If I was going to do this, I didn’t want to do it half way. I finally settled on a deep aubergine color from Farrow & Ball called Brassica. I bought one gallon of it in a matte finish and painted it in three coats. It was dark.

I replaced my headboard, bed and side tables. I made my bed. I turned on the bedside lights and smiled. It was dark, warm, softly dramatic and lovely. For the first time in my life I’d added a really dark color to a wall in my home and it was not scary. It was a thrill.


8 Responses to “ Before & After: Painting the Wall Behind My Bed a Dark Accent Color ”

  1. Hey
    Its look very pretty.. I like this color the most

  2. Love the color! The dark tone makes you just want to crawl in and snuggle. Makes the room look very cozy. I also love the headboard. Where did you get it?

  3. I absolutely love this headboard. Where can I get one?

  4. It’s so soothing, well done. But Maxwell, please tell me you bought a dresser, too!

  5. I did this too, with a deep olive accent wall behind my headboard, and it absolutely makes the room look amazing.

  6. Love it! I did something similar but less permanent. I hung ceiling to floor dark purple curtains along the whole wall behind my bed. Not only does it cozy up the room, but I love the texture and dimension as well. The only problem…I never want to get out of bed.

  7. I’m sure this is one of the most important information for me. And i am lucky browsing your article. However want to remark on some general things, The blog style is ideal, the posts is very good :-D. Beneficial job, take care.

  8. The makeover looks gorgeous, very befitting after all the hard work. With a plan in mind and employing right paint techniques we can turn around dull walls and make rooms brighter and cosier.

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