It's a widely known design "rule" that painting a room a light color makes it feel larger. So, therefore, painting a small room a dark color will make it feel even smaller. But others feel that dark walls recede visually into the background making a space feel larger. And some people don't care about the rules to begin with.
1. Image number one above shows an example of a small bathroom with no natural light painted in a dark eggplant purple. Are the white accents enough to offset the dark walls? [Photo: Apartment Therapy]
2. This living room is primarily dark navy, giving it a bit of a masculine feel. [Photo: House Beautiful]
3. Here, gold and cream touches give the dark space a sense of lightness. It feels just a tad over-crowded in my opinion though. Your thoughts? [Photo: Patrick Cline]
4. I adore this library space with its painted trim and built-ins. [Photo: Via Decor Pad]
5. Here we have the addition of lots of mirrors... maybe in an attempt to counteract the darkness of the walls. Did it work? [Photo: Domaine]
7. This bedroom feels small, but in a cozy sort of way. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]
Personally, I love the small, dark look (yet I still haven't had the guts to actually do it in my own home). So what do you think, are rules made to be broken? Or are these design principles around for a reason? Sound off in the comments section below... I'd love to hear other people's opinions!