You may have noticed that interior design trends, like many other types of trends, move like a pendulum. As soon as a trend is fully adopted and widely embraced, our tastes shift back in the opposite direction and we find ourselves craving a radically different look. So it’s not surprising that after last year’s clean and classic white wall trend, we now find ourselves swinging over to the dark side. The top wall color trend for 2017 dares you to go deep, dark and elegant, with maybe even a little hint of moody mystery. So how do you start exploring dark wall paint to see if it’s right for your home? First, check out House Beautiful’s guide to using dark paint and psych yourself up for a change. Then, check out our list below of dark paint colors that are on trend and make a bold impact. And as always, reach out to the Van Metre Homes Design Studio for questions or advice, and let us know how it works out for you!  


[caption id="attachment_10624" align="alignnone" width="400"]Benjamin Moore Shadow Paint Color of the Year Image credit:[/caption]   Rich violet or amethyst hues top the list of trendy dark wall options, with Shadow 2117-30 — Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year — serving as a beautiful example. Benjamin Moore describes Shadow 2117-30 as “allusive and enigmatic — a master of ambiance” and coordinating color palettes include a series of pale, greyed-out pastels to rich teal, burgundy and ebony black. Carl Minchew, Benjamin Moore’s VP of Color Innovation and Design, explains that emotional connections with Shadow 2117-30 evoke “nostalgic memories of light on space and color.”

Black. (No, really.)

  [caption id="attachment_10620" align="alignnone" width="400"]Black Wall Paint Kitchen Decor Photo: Van Metre Homes Preston Model at Marrwood[/caption] Black walls...suitable only for Addams Family-esque household decor, right? Not necessarily. If painting your walls black sounds like something you would instantly regret, you might want to at least entertain the idea. When done right, and in the right kind of room, black walls can create a chic, contemporary look that’s anything but sad or somber. Additionally, black walls can create a strong statement wall without being too loud or busy. Check out Elle Decor’s 20 Black Rooms for Polished, Modern Interior Design to see what we mean.  


[caption id="attachment_10627" align="alignnone" width="400"]Gray wall paint interior decor Image credit:[/caption]   Gray has been a popular wall color for a few years now, and it’s a great choice for a homeowner who is interested in trying out a darker wall color but wants a range of choices to choose from. Gray can be as light or as dark as you dare to go, and each shade will evoke a different feel in your home. A soft, medium-dark gray, for example, adds a soothing, modern touch to your space and as the Nonagon Style Blog points out, you can even play up the gray factor with accessories made of unexpected materials like cement. Check out Real Simple’s guide to decorating with gray for more ideas.  

Navy Blue

[caption id="attachment_10621" align="alignnone" width="400"]Navy blue paint at Van Metre Homes Portsmouth Model at Tanglewood Photo: Van Metre Homes Portsmouth Model at Tanglewood[/caption]   Navy blue walls are timeless and can evoke a nautical feel that ranges from breezy to stormy depending on the shade you choose, the room you’re in, or even the time of day. In sum: navy is rich. It’s interesting. And it’ll make white or metallic accessories pop! For more inspiration, check out the Huffington Post’s 10 Navy Rooms that Will Inspire You to Pick Up the Paintbrush.  


[caption id="attachment_10626" align="alignnone" width="400"]Brown paint bedroom walls Image credit:[/caption]   Dark brown can evoke a soothing, earthy mood in your home. And as Design Sponge points out in their article 10 Ways to Use Brown at Home, brown can give you all the drama of black, but with added softness. Pick brown if you want to feel safe, calm and rooted in your space. And for added earthiness, add in accessories in other nature-inspired shades like Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.     -------------- Ready for more of 2017’s darker home decor trends? Read what Elaine Dai of the Van Metre Homes Design Studio has to say about dark fixtures.