7 Dark Bedrooms that Set the Scene for the Drama

As the pendulum swing has moved the design world to brilliant colors and energizing patterns, many are boldly pondering going even darker. 

 No place lends itself more to the cocooning effect of sultry tones than your favorite sleeping quarters. 

BROWN WALL BEAUTY

Brown has been a significant trend this year. “We’re definitely seeing more and more brown in our lives—the Billy Baldwin variety—and it’s a real throwback,”

CORK WALL WARMTH

Thanks to Adam Charlap Hyman and Andre Herrero of Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Phillipe Romano natural cork walls in this Miami Beach high-rise ensure a comfortable landing. 

RUST VELVET REVELRY

The main bedroom of this 1915 San Francisco Edwardian feels like a velvety cave with inky blue walls, an area rug, and floor-length black-out drapes. An elaborate Pierre Frey brown mohair channel-tufted headboard backs the handmade bed.

TEAL HUE HIDEAWAY

Ed Glenn of Powell & Glenn decorated this 19th-century Australian house's main bedroom with nature to evoke something primal. “There's this term in architecture called prospect-refuge,”

BOTANICAL WALLPAPER WONDERS

Designer Melissa Lee had a simple brief to renovate a Long Island summer home. The spouse told Lee, “We want a place where we can nap anywhere.” Lee knew what to do. 

TERRA-COTTA WALL WASH

For Toronto-based Montana Labelle, neutral can imply terra-cotta or sage if treated delicately. This relaxing bedroom by Labelle uses Benjamin Moore's Copper Kettle, a strong color, as a neutral and warm hue.

BLACK WONDER WALL

Delia Kenza was asked to redesign this Brooklyn bedroom without beige. The decorator followed directions. She used black on the walls, furniture, and accessories in the main bedroom to match the homeowners' love of black. 

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