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Work with what you haveIt’s a common misconception that you can brighten a room simply by painting it white. Sometimes, a dark room will struggle to be lifted by white as it needs light to bounce off it to look bright. Whether it’s the direction it’s facing or the fact it has small or no windows, some dark rooms will never look bright and airy. Instead, play with the contrast between light and dark by going for a moodier hue. In this gorgeously inky living room, the intense wall colour highlights the light coming into the room from the left, as it contrasts with the shadowy alcove on the right. This not only allows you to notice the light, you can actually appreciate it. The pale floor, ceiling and furniture give the scheme a lift and the result is far from gloomy. You don’t need to go as dark as this if you’re not feeling brave, but try a deeper shade of something. Add some good lighting and it will be so wonderfully cosy and inviting, the word “dingy” won’t even enter your mind.
Location: London, UKWhy we love it: The scene – rich, dark walls, complete with gilt-framed artwork, a centrally hung chandelier and cosseting armchairs – is cleverly lightened and modernised by upholstery in a white fabric and parquetry in a pearlescent grey.
Honour the architectureThis magnificent space with authentic architectural features is the perfect setting for period oil paintings. But the tastefully modern furniture, dark blue paint shade and updated-classic flooring ensure the mood is fresh and fashionable.