Dark + Dramatic Colors for Any Room

Go ahead; cross over to the dark side of design.

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May 19, 2020

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Handsome Home Office

A stately, gray built-in bookcase serves as the focal point of this stormy home study. The surrounding trim sports the same glossy gray used on the bookcase, for a cohesive look. The pale, weathered wood ceiling and textured dove-gray wallpaper serve as a bright contrast against the dark gray details throughout.

Timeless Tuxedo Kitchen

This handsome kitchen brings a whole new meaning to fine dining. The space is fit for a king with its regal black-and-gold island, barstools and range hood. Pale gray cabinetry acts as a foil to those bolder elements.

Smoky Sophistication

This richly detailed master suite features a mix of smoky silver, deep blue and plummy tones drawn from the watery, abstract mural above the bed. The high-style bedroom features layers of luxurious silk, satin, velvet and faux fur accessories that deepen the dimension, and intrigue, of the design.

Luxe Living Room

If this dreamy design doesn’t convince you to go dark and dramatic in your home, what will? Shadowy built-ins flank a bright white stone mantel to create the ultimate, high-contrast backdrop for a pair of serene blue sofas.

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Dramatic Floral Powder Room

Look at small spaces as the perfect opportunity to go big with your style choices. Rich with glamorous details, this dark and romantic powder room showcases how daring design choices have the power to make unremarkable spaces, remarkable. We’re smitten with how the gilded fixtures and magenta accessories shine against the midnight garden wallpaper.

Dark Chocolate Dreaming

We're in love with the decadent, dark chocolate grasscloth that covers the focal wall in this glamorous, Art Deco-inspired bedroom. The snowy channel-tufted headboard pops against the deep, dramatic brown hue and serves as a chic backdrop for jewel-toned toss pillows and a buttery soft faux fur throw.

Art Deco Details

Sleep comes easy in this dark purple bedroom. The pretty plum hue wraps the room from wall-to-wall, then travels up along the ceiling. Even the double doors are painted to match, creating a luxurious jewel-box effect. Gleaming baubles in this jewelry box include, but are not limited to, a gold, crushed velvet channel-tufted bed, a vintage brass chandelier and a teal, lacquered dresser with lucite pulls.

See More Photos: 20 Art Deco Looks We Love

Charcoal Media Room

What better way to catch up on your favorite high-drama series than in a moody media room? Here, the matte charcoal walls create a gorgeous, glare-proof space to spend movie nights. A tufted, charcoal velvet sofa gives the space a modern, monochromatic edge while the cream rug and herringbone hardwood floors anchor the design in traditional style.

Dress Blues

Glamour is in full effect in the corner of this deep blue master bedroom. Dark colors allow metallic and reflective surfaces to shine and this dressing area is no exception. The deep walls serve as a chic backdrop to a gleaming, leaning floor mirror, a streamlined dresser and a sleek, studded silver vanity mirror.

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Black Boho Bathroom

You should skip the sterile white-on-white bathroom design and take notes from this inky, edgy bathroom instead. Not only do the ultra-dark walls look amazing, but they create a sense of intimacy in an expansive space.

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Sophisticated Seafoam

Consider a colorful alternative to white when planning custom built-ins for your home. The misty seafoam blue creates a cozy, warm feeling in this master suite. We’re especially taken with the way this dark hue subtly disguises the black television in a way that feels both effortless and elegant.

Onyx + Emerald Dining Room

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a showstopper. This eclectic dining room boasts a kaleidoscope-colored area rug, a glamorous glass table and a quad of dazzling, emerald velvet dining chairs. The standout jewel of this design for us, though? The glossy onyx trim that frames the windows, coats the doors and traces the ceiling of this stunning dining room.

B+W Bedroom

White-on-white bedding will forever feel fresh and fashionable. This master suite shows off its elegant, snowy bed by framing it with pitch-black walls and matching, black lacquered nightstands. A quad of gold-framed photos is displayed above the headboard as a glamorous, finishing touch.

Start a Fire

Black, gray or navy not really your thing? Heat things up with deep, fiery tones instead. We love the unexpected pairing of deep merlot walls with rich, rust-colored velvet seating. A smoky gray toss pillow and side table make handsome accessories and further accentuate the deep, dimensional tones used in the design.

Moody Blues

Don’t let small square footage scare you away from the dark side. This petite sitting room features striking, navy grasscloth wallpaper that infuses the space with luxury. Bonus? The daring blue shade creates intimacy, drawing the eye to the striking skyline views beyond.

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Play in the Dark

There's no losing with a room like this, friends. Masculine, cognac leather chairs pop against the rich navy walls in this cozy game room. Custom built-ins provide storage for booze and bar essentials, and a checkered game table tempts you to hours of fun. A bold, brass Sputnik fixture hangs overhead, packing a punch of modern flair.

Steely Sitting Room

This pretty pair of steel-blue bookcases steal the show in this cozy, lakeside living room. The stormy shelves are lined with aqua and green accessories, creating a sense of hominess and a lived-in look that contrasts beautifully against the ultra-crisp, white shiplap walls.

Classic Navy Nursery

Skip the pastel pink and barely-there blue for your nursery. This white and navy colorblocked design is modern and sleek, while still being super sweet. We’re big fans of this high-contrast color combo for a nursery because it will never feel too young or require you to redecorate when your babe hits a certain age.

Masterful Mudroom

Bring magic to the mundane. Give your entryway a dark and daring makeover inspired by this fasionable design. The mudroom’s ornate floral drapes and deep gray walls add richness to the functional space.

See More Photos: Laundry Room + Mudroom Pictures From HGTV Smart Home 2018

Daring Deck

Take those moody hues outdoors to soak up some much-needed vitamin D. This expansive outdoor deck is painted a dramatic charcoal gray and yields a distinctly fresh and contemporary appeal. Use a similarly deep hue for classic, black and white patio furnishings or to highlight bold and bright colors, like the red and aqua featured here.

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