Irish Examiner Saturday 31st of October 2015
Chalky black is a daring choice for your interiors scheme
Cork-based interior designer Jane Dennehy, is known for her fearless use of line and colour in her signature interiors and recently returned from the much-lauded Colour Futures launch by Dulux in London.
“This September they launched a key trends for 2016 entitled, ‘Celebrating the Night’ which embraces the importance of darkness in our interiors.”
Intrigued? Well here are Jane’s top tips for stepping into the dark without losing any of the joy:
* Firstly, follow the 60-30-10 rule. 60% the wall colour, 30% the upholstery and 10% the accessories which provides that little touch of sparkle.
* Make a choice — should black be used as a neutral, accent, or as a main colour? n Go for deep and rich blocks of colour, for maximum impact. But keep the flooring and other furnishings light and neutral.
* Small or dark rooms need particular care, as these colours will definitely make your room feel darker and smaller. So why not paint the doors the darker colour and leave the walls neutral.
* Add an accent colour, which will really lift your scheme — a splash of zingy lime green or gold to make the perfect finishing touch.
* Incorporate a bit of black that can also be useful — consider chalkboard paint on an accent wall.
* Throw in some large mirrors to reflect light.