DIY dark drama: Get the look for Halloween
Dark is the new light, with pastels being switched out in favour of deeper, richer tones which can provide a slice of mystery and intimacy that paler tones can lack – perfect for Halloween, too. But what are these colours and how can you use them in your interiors? It’s time to bring dark colours out of the shadows and install them into your home for a glamourous, dramatic style.
While high-voltage yellow was the go-to tone for 2016, the new year will edge towards a mustard shade. With its soft orange undertones, the colour makes for a perfect autumnal accent shade that will work throughout 2017, too. Rather than splash across your walls, look to use mustard yellows in your accessories, such as a feature chair or statement lamp to really make your interior pop.
Halloween’s official colour is set to feature on interior hotlists next year – so why not incorporate it this October, just in time for this year’s ghoul-fest? Orange is versatile and can add an element of warmth and energy to any room. Pick dusky apricot for a softer take on the trend, blood orange for a hue reminiscent of a dramatic sunset or terracotta for a rustic, earthy vibe. Team with simple ivory, stormy black or chocolate brown shades for a sophisticated yet contrasting style.
Bring the outdoors in with dark green hues. Emerald, forest green shades are must-haves for your next DIY interiors project, and help to inject a sense of opulence and glamour to any room. Create a feature wall with botanical wallpaper, add texture with a shag rug or upholster your favourite chair in the bold shade. Pair with velvet accessories and work with a grey, white or black palatte to nail the ultimate dramatic look that fits Halloween’s haunting style as well.
Forget everything you thought you knew about florals – next year they’re getting a dark makeover. Bright spring-like patterns and chintz styles may have once been the preferred option for designers and interior lovers alike, but that’s all about to change. Black is being married with muted pinks, creams and greens to create a glamourous, gothic look. Stay ahead of the trend by installing a series of moody canvas prints in your living room.