25 Dark Living Room Design Ideas For An Effortlessly Dramatic Look

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There is no denying that light colors and bright decor give your interiors a refreshing, airy and open feel. However, sometimes a home just needs something a bit darker for the interiors to truly shine, especially if your rooms don’t get enough natural light. Instead of trying to brighten a dark room, you can use darker hues to give your interiors a more elegant and high-end look. A well-chosen dark color can transform any room and make it look even more stylish and luxurious. From moody bedrooms and dark living room design to bold kitchens and gothic hallways, dark interiors are becoming popular among designers and homeowners alike. If you are also looking for alternatives to staid whites and boring beiges, try dark colors in interiors and decor. Moving away from the familiar whites and beiges can be risky but the payoff is well worth the risk.

Dark interiors when combined with the right furniture and decorating materials can make a really grand statement. These inky hues can bring a sense of mystery and elusiveness to any decor. They can also open up a room just like white does. Inky walls and ceilings can hide a multitude of sins from sticky fingers to irregularity in walls while making a room look sophisticated and comfortable. But at the same time, these colors when paired with metallic and jewel-toned furnishings and decorations can give a luxe look. They can also form perfect backdrops to display your art or show your creative side. You can take them as a blank canvas and play with colors to achieve your perfect style. Get inspired to join the inky revolution with these truly magnificent dark living room design ideas.

{ 1 } Open Concept Dark Living Room Design

Open Concept Dark Living Room
Open Living Room With Dark Walls By Specht Architects | Photo By Casey Dunn
Despite the dark walls, this beautiful living room is so bright and open! The glass windows and floor-to-ceiling glass doors make the room feel open and connected to nature outside. This open and honest design brings a fresh and welcoming feel to the room. and isn’t that what living rooms are all about? Welcoming and entertaining guests and giving comfort to family and friends? This living room succeeds in doing that in grand style indeed! Modern furnishings like white armchairs bring comfort to the decor. The warm brown color scheme with light beige and fresh blue accents is calming and refreshing. The mirrored side table, blue knitted pouf, plush rug, and stunning floor lamp give the room the finishing touch.

{ 2 } Earthy Color Palette Fresh Room Decor

Earthy Color Palette Fresh Room Decor
Simple And Spacious Green Living Room By Whilton Locks Carpet Co.
Fresh green accents can bring nature into any room. This refreshing living room is a perfect example of the same. Green shades are reputed to be quite calming and restful when on walls, and rightly so! The darker hue of green decorating the walls of this room helps create a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere. The large glass doors let in a lot of natural light which brings out the paler tones of the paint. The lime green, brown, and gray accents of the decor make the dark green look soft and muted. Soft Pillows and cozy furniture brings warmth to the design. The moody dark tones of tinted glass coffee table and pendant light adds a finishing touch to the decor.

{ 3 } Dark Walls Darker Furniture Accents

Dark Walls Darker Furniture Accents
Blue Walls And Earthy Decor In Living Room By Natalie Young Interior Design | Photo By Bethany Nauert
Dark blue walls, when paired with dark earthy browns, can give a rich and luxe decor. This glam living room is luxe despite the dark walls and furnishings. In fact, dark interiors open the room up and let the lights bounce around the room. A velvet chesterfield sofa in dark brown, leather armchairs in modern style with nailhead trim, and high-gloss, mirror-topped coffee tables, and side table give the room a high-end luxurious look. The dark tones of the walls clad in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue let the decor shine. Red and gold accents from various accessories bring color and lightness to the decor. The patterned area rug ties all the decor together and centers the design.

{ 4 } Grey Living Room White Accents

Grey Living Room White Accents
Cool Contemporary Grey Living Room With White Accents | Photo By Bernard Andre

The darker tone of grey has the same calming and soothing effect as its lighter shades. This cool color gives the contemporary living room a calming and relaxing feel. The ceiling and window trim painted in a slightly darker shade of grey with a glossy finish give some depth to the design. This creates an enclosed and cocooned feel that brings warmth to the design. The grey armchairs and end table add to the cozy feel of the design. The whiter accents in the fireplace, area rug and large pendant lights offset the darker shades and moody vibes.

{ 5 } Rich Rust Walls Modern Decor

Rich Rust Walls Modern Decor
Warm And Welcoming Dark Living Room Design By Tamsin Design Group | Photo By Ann Matheis
Dark interiors do not necessarily mean browns and blues. A rich and warm rust color also brings warmth and comfort to this beautiful living room. At the same time, the bright white color of the ceiling and window trim brings color and contrast to the design. Modern style furnishings in contrasting colors like the cream lounge chairs, red armchairs, mahogany coffee table, and gold glass end table also gives the room a comfortable yet elegant look. Similarly, jewel-toned accessories like the ruby red vases, silver framed mirror and golden chandelier and curtains give the room a high-end luxurious look.

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{ 6 } Dark Walls Traditional Ceiling Trim

Dark Walls Traditional Ceiling Trim
Relaxing And Peaceful Dark Living Room Decor By Foley & Cox Interior Design
Blue is considered the most peaceful and refreshing color for interior decor. This refreshing living room proves why! The beautiful inky shade of blue forms the perfect backdrop for the room’s decor. It stays in the background and lets the decor shine. The heavy tones of this color give the room a grounded and centered feel. When paired with bright white tones for the ceiling and trim as well as the chandelier and sofa accents, it softens and brings warmth to the design. The blue armchairs reflecting the same shade when paired with wood toned coffee table add a luxe feel. In contrast, the white couch and area rug brighten the room and allow the light to bounce in the room.

{ 7 } Victorian Living Room Dark Walls

Victorian Living Room Dark Walls
Rococo Ceiling And Crystal Chandelier In Blue Victorian Living Room By Cochrane Design
The less-is-more approach of this glorious living room really highlights the dark and moody decor. It’s quite true that going dark can give some splendid interiors. However, you need to choose the right colors. This inky shade of blue highlights the brighter elements in this blue living room and really transforms the decor. The encompassing color also softens the room and adds a warm and cozy appeal. In contrast, the bright white rococo ceiling, fireplace mantel, and barrel chairs give the decor a crisp edge. The antique tallboys on both sides of the mantel, the bronze vanity mirror, the rococo ceiling, and parquet flooring give the room a traditional look. The stunning crystal chandelier from India Jane gives the decor a finishing touch.

{ 8 } Purple Walls Chic Living Room

Purple Walls Chic Living Room
Purple Walls And Modern Decor In Transitional Living Room By Linda Sonders Design
While the purple walls of this living room are the current trend, the modern decor gives this room a period look. The dark purple walls bring a cool and moody feel to the room but the glossy finish on the walls gives the decor a high-end, luxurious look. For bringing this look in your living room you can start with painting the walls or just an accent wall in a glossy purple hue. Add some wall art or frames to recreate the wall gallery look. You need not change your entire furniture, but do bring in an accent piece like this egg chair to give the room a mid-century modern look. You can also add carpets or plush area rugs to bring warmth and add statement lighting.

{ 9 } Understated Drama In Elegant Living Room

Understated Drama In Elegant Living Room
Dark Grey Accent Wall In Contemporary Living Room Decor By LMB Interiors
This elegant living room is bright and cheerful despite the dark accent wall. In fact, the accent wall lends an understated drama to the room and acts as a beautiful backdrop for a Robert Kingston painting. The light grey walls and white ceiling lighten the room and keep the decor looking fresh. The custom woven tan, indigo, and rust-colored Navajo rug bring colors and patterns to the decor. It defines the living space and centers the design. Modern-style furnishings like the custom designed extra-long sofa, stylish wall sconces, comfortable swivel chair, and leather bench bring a contemporary feel to the decor. A vintage game table and classic Ralph Lauren chandelier bring elegance and sophistication to the design.

{ 10 } Funky Eclectic Dark Living Room Design

Funky Eclectic Dark Living Room Design
Modern And Eclectic Living Room Decor By Victoria Hopkins Interiors | Photo By Zac and Zac
The deep warm grey walls of this funky living room allow the colors in the rest of the decor to really pop. A gallery wall and bright orange chair and curtains break up the grey. The mix of new and modern furniture and classic vintage and reclaimed pieces offers a beautiful juxtaposition. Mid-century modern furnishings and accessories along with vintage floor lamps and chesterfield armchair certainly give the room an eclectic feel. Dark walls ground the decor while bright accents give it the colorful, edgy, and fun look. All in all, this modern living room is bright and bold but at the same time cozy and inviting.

{ 11 } Dark Scandinavian Living Room Design

Dark Scandinavian Living Room Decor
Minimalistic And Bright Scandinavian Living Room Decor By Laura Roberts Interiors
If you are one of those people who believe that Scandinavian design can only have bright white walls and light furnishings, we are here to prove you wrong! Look at this beautiful and decidedly Scandinavian living room. Despite the dark walls and grey sofa set, the room looks light, airy, and spacious as any Scandinavian living room should look. The key is choosing the right colors and balancing the light. You can offset the darker walls by painting the ceiling a bright white. Add lighter window treatments and decor accessories. A classic Scandinavian rug in light shades can really make the dark and moody grey sofa pop! Layer in some textures with accent pillows and throws to give the room a cozy feel.

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{ 12 } Matte Look For Dark Walls

Matte Look For Dark Walls
Black Matte Walls In Dark Living Room Design By J. Hirsch Interior Design
Whether it’s a home office or a family room, going dark can give you warm and luxurious interiors. Dark walls can form the perfect backdrop for both highlighting the room’s features or hiding the sins. Take this beautiful living room for example. The dark walls of the room bring elegance and grace to the decor. The matte finish of the walls brings warmth and coziness to the room. Custom window treatments, antique floor lamp, and vintage area rug and armchairs add to the high-end luxe look of the decor. In contrast, the white ceiling, window trim, and whitewashed floors let the natural light from the window flow around and lighten the room.

{ 13 } Stunning Blue Patterned Walls Decor

Stunning Blue Patterned Walls Decor
Bold Colors And Luxurious Decor In Elegant Dark Living Room By Making Spaces
Bold colors, geometrical patterns, and bright accents make this gorgeous living room really stand out. The bold blue wall covering with geometrical pattern inspires the rest of the decor. The darker tones of the walls highlight the bright colors in the decor. Vintage furnishings and stylish accessories give the room a luxurious and glamorous appeal. Cozy seating in front of the fireplace and natural light from the large windows makes the room feel warm and inviting.

{ 14 } Moody Color Palette Edgy Decor

Moody Color Palette Edgy Decor
Smokey Charcoal Walls In Dramatic Living Room Decor By CKY Designs
A dark and moody room with edgy decor can look just as appealing as a bright and airy room with light decor. This stunning living room is a perfect example of a dark yet grand interior. The charcoal black walls open up the room just as much as white walls would have done. They also form a nice backdrop to highlight the custom painting on the wall. A cozy black couch, glass side table, and Flos table lamp enhance the dark theme of the decor. The bold colors of the painting are also reflected in the bright red pillows, white coffee table, and patterned area rug.

{ 15 } Black And Gold Living Room

Black And Gold Living Room
Bold And Fresh Living Room With Sophisticated Touches By Cahill Design Build
A well-balanced colors combination can certainly turn a simple living room into a glamorous entertainment room. Take this luxurious looking living room for example. The winning combination of black and gold lifts the room from simple to stunning. The inky black walls add drama and oomph to the design. They help the light to bounce around the room. Moreover, these walls also form a nice backdrop for the gold accented furnishings. The gold glass top side tables, golden table lamps, gold finish open shelving, and gold-framed wall art shine and contrast nicely against the inky backdrop. Beige sofas and brass finish coffee table balance the burst of color with their neutral tones. The plush sofas and area rug bring warmth and comfort to the decor.

{ 16 } Quirky Wallpaper Eclectic Living Room

Quirky Wallpaper Eclectic Living Room
Colorful And Fun Living Room Decor By Noushka Designs | Photo By Nick Huggins
A bright and beautiful living room that gets abundant light and shines despite the dark walls and decor! The dark black walls actually open up the room and bounce the light around the room. The colorful floral wallpaper brings warmth and fun to the design. Funky accessories and colorful accents brighten the room and give it a dramatic and eclectic feel. A stunning chandelier matching the wallpaper on the walls gives a perfect finishing touch to the design.

{ 17 } High Ceiling Dark Living Room Design

High Ceiling And Accent Lighting
Dark Plum Accent Wall In Living Room By Studio Marcelo Brito | Photo By Gui Morelli
In this busy and artfully decorated living room, there are so many visually interesting accessories and accents that it becomes difficult to make an artwork shine. But the dark plum accent wall certainly highlights the brilliant wall art with precision. The dark wall complements the dark background color of the painting and makes it look cohesive. A dark accent wall can also highlight your fireplace and make for great conversation starters. The dark accents of the interiors also complement the accent wall. Statement floor lamps and lighting enhances the elegance and beauty of the decor.

{ 18 } Living Room Accent Wall In Dark Colors

Living Room Accent Wall In Dark Colors
Grey Accent Wall In White Living Room By Camilla Molders Design | Photo By Derek Swalwell
A grey accent wall gives this beautiful white living room some depth. The bluestone surrounding of the CorLiving fireplace makes for a perfect base for the grey accent wall. It brings texture to the decor and breaks the bright expanse of white in the room. Grey toned furnishings like the sofa and side tables enhance the dark look of the room and bring elegance to the decor. The patterned area rug gives warmth and comfort to the cool decor.

{ 19 } Rococo Ceiling Traditional Living Room

Rococo Ceiling Traditional Living Room
Royal Blue Walls In Traditional Living Room Decor By Alan Brainerd Interiors
Detailed rococo work on this high ceiling already makes this living room stand out. The dark walls further enhance the elegance and sophistication of this design. The inky blue hues of the walls highlight the rest of the decor. Stunning wall paintings, statement table lamps and floor lamps, vintage furnishings and traditional drapery further enhance the traditional look of the decor. However, the colorful accents of the various furnishings and accessories bring color and fun to the grand decor.

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{ 20 } Dramatic Dark Living Room Design

Dramatic Dark Living Room Design
Cozy And Dark Living Room With Black Walls By LDa Architecture & Interiors
This elegant living room has a fabulous, high-end personality. In a room flooded with natural light, black walls feel elegant, cozy, and warm. The matte finish of the walls brings warmth to the decor and highlights the decor. Black is an overpowering color. However, when paired with contrasting white tones, it feels bright. When you use black with warm accents and rich, deep colors it can create a softer look. This white furnishings and glossy, mirrored accent pieces in the decor like the convex clock mirror provide a reflective contrast to the inky black palette. All in all, this living room strikes a perfect balance of edgy and elegant.

{ 21 } Contemporary Grey Living Room Decor

Contemporary Grey Living Room Decor
Contemporary Grey And White Living Room Decor By Vicky Custom Homes
Grey is currently one of the most trending colors in interior design and with good reason! This color can look fresh and soothing in light shades and moody and glamorous in darker shades. This beautiful living room is a good example of that. The two-toned living room is light fresh and interesting. The light grey walls give the room a soothing and fresh look. In contrast, the darker shade on the wall brings depth and balance to the design. It controls the brightness and brings a visual appeal. The light white and mirrored furnishings also provide a good contrast when set against the dark walls. All in all, this living room looks like an up-to-date, happy and welcoming place!

{ 22 } Black And White Living Room Decor

Black And White Living Room Decor
Soothing Vibes In Dark Glamorous Living Room Design By dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
Black and white is a classic combination, no doubt about it! And this marvelous living room is an excellent proof of that! The dark black walls unify the room and give it a soothing and peaceful vibe. The walls and trim painted in unifying black make the room look bigger than it is. The light grey couch, white armchairs, and white area rug offer a good contrast to the design. A beautiful custom patterned white ceiling, fireplace mantel, curtains, and furniture help lighten the room. Abundant natural light from the full-length windows brightens the room and makes it look fresh and welcoming. The beautiful chandelier and wall sconces look so elegant and chic!

{ 23 } Luxe Living Room Dark Textures

Luxe Living Room Dark Textures
Grand And Luxurious Small Living Room Design By James Thomas Interiors
Dark colors are just as good as light colors in opening up a room. This dark living room looks airy, spacious, and larger than it really is. The dark wall coverings from Innovations unify the room and give it a rich, elegant look. A light grey area rug and grey curtains bring warmth to the dark decor. Custom-designed velvet sofa with nailhead trim, matching blue pillows, simple side tables, Ralph Lauren chairs, and leather ottoman gives a grand, luxurious feel. Finally, statement wall sconces add a finishing touch to the stunning decor. Simply Wow!

{ 24 } Dark Grey Walls Bright Accents

Dark Grey Walls Bright Accents
Colorful Accents In Modern Living Room Decor By Ann Lowengart Interiors
This dark living room looks warm and inviting. The simple decor gives it an elegant and chic look. The colorful accents in the decor give a funky and fun look to the room. Modern style furnishings like the coffee table and Jonathan Adler X bench add a contemporary touch while the dark walls and grey sofa and armchairs bring warmth and comfort. In contrast, the white ceiling, doors, and windows trim give the decor a crisp edge. Patterned grey area rug centers and unifies the design. Contemporary accessories in fun colors like bright green, crisp orange, and rust red bring color and fun to the simple design.

{ 25 } Traditional Living Room Bold Colors

Traditional Living Room Bold Colors
Bold Black And White Living Room Decor By Decor And Design | Photo By Lisa Petrole

Fresh, contemporary, and oh so bold, this living room is picture-perfect! The inky black walls highlight the Victorian details of the room like the crown molding, trim, and fireplace mantel. The dark wall also forms a great background for the stunning wall painting that dominates the entire wall. Contemporary furnishings like the modern armchairs, glass-topped coffee table, round end table, and white area rug give the room a sleek, updated look. In contrast, the vintage style wall mirror and chandelier bring a touch of old world charm to the design. Note how the abundant natural light brightens the room and softens the crispness of the design! This living room is a beautiful juxtaposition of contrasting colors and of traditional structure and contemporary design.

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