8 Paint Colors for a Moody Room

I wish I had a dollar for every time I describe something as “light and airy.” I love a light and airy space. Most people love a light and airy space. They commission designers to create light and airy out of dark and musty. A large percentage of the time, light and airy is the goal. But sometimes it’s good to embrace the dark side. Dark and moody that is. Darkness gets a bad rap; it doesn’t equal depressed, dour or down in the dumps, like you might think. These dark-walled rooms each create a unique mood — check them out and see if any of them suit you.

Digs Design Company, original photo on Houzz

1. Well rested and cheerful. “The blues” gives the color blue a bad reputation. In this inviting bedroom sitting area, blue creates a wonderful environment in which to transition from sleep mode to being ready to meet the day. Conversely, it’s a great place for enjoying the last embers in the fireplace and getting sleepy with a good book at night.

Related: Order an Ornate Fireplace Screen Here

Wall paint: Van Deusen Blue, Benjamin Moore

City Homes, LLC, original photo on Houzz

2. Businesslike. You’ll settle in like a boss when your room is ensconced in crisp navy. Dark blue represents knowledge, power and integrity, all things you’ll want to bring to your work.

Wall paint: Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore

Eche Martinez, original photo on Houzz

3. Dramatic. Dark paint around the fireplace gives it a serious presence in this San Francisco living room. Now the fireplace is the main focal point and the bay window complements rather than competes. This room inspires settling in for conversation with a freshly swizzled cocktail from the well-placed bar.

Related: Browse Bar Cabinets

Wall paint: Blackberry, Benjamin Moore (discontinued; the designer, Eche Martinez, recommends Old Navy as the closest available match)

Lindsay Pennington Inc., original photo on Houzz

4. Dreamy. This deep bluish-green-gray hue is not only peaceful and inspiring, but it mitigates the complications of all of the angles in the room. The bedroom inspires a good night’s rest and pleasant dreams.

Wall paint: Crisp Romaine, Benjamin Moore (eggshell finish)

Design Line Construction, Inc., original photo on Houzz

5. Pensive. Books, collections and even a bust of a person who was most certainly erudite inspire learning and contemplation, while a lively zebra print and range of textures prevent the room from being a snooze. Just thinking about reading in this room makes me feel smarter.

Wall and bookcase finish: custom black stain with brown tones mixed in

Godrich Interiors, original photo on Houzz

6. Commanding. Showstopping antique pedestal sinks stand out against this bathroom’s deep blue walls. This setup inspires a clean and close shave, impeccable makeup and confidence-building affirmations while looking in the mirror.

Wall paint: Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball

CM Glover, original photo on Houzz

7. Cool, calm and collected. Dark walls, pleasing symmetry and soft lighting put the focus on the stunning marble fireplace surround in this living room. It looks like a wonderful place for unwinding after work and settling into life at home.

Related: Cool and Contemporary Living Room Designs

Wall paint: Black 2132-10, Benjamin Moore

jamesthomas Interiors, original photo on Houzz

8. Glamorous. This room is all about luxe, dark textures and turning down the lights for some movie viewing. All that’s missing: some Zsa Zsa Gabor–style feathered kitten-heel slippers.

Wall covering: Luxe Flannel LF961 in Navy, Innovations

By Becky Harris, Houzz


Tags: color, interior, moody, paint, painted, room, wall, wall paint, wallpaper

Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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