I must be crazy!

I did my Craft Room, our Kitchen, our Dining Room and now it is time for the darkest and smallest room of our home:

The Laundry Room Makeover.

I love a good design challenge and I feel this room is just the perfect one!

Here is my inspiration board!

The fact that there are no windows in our laundry room and 

the fact that therefore there is no source of natural light makes this the ultimate color challenge.

How to bring light using color?

Three Easy Ways!

 

 1

Metallics, Glass and Mirrors

Use colors and materials that reflect light.

Metallic accents, glass and mirrors are perfect choices.

 

The picture above shows silver tones for a reason.

Golden and bronze tones will make a space warmer.

For a dark space, silver tones are perhaps a better choice.

I chose two bathrooms without windows to show you how silver metallics will make

a room lighter verses gold tones.

 

Silver Bathroom

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Gold Bathroom

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Do you see what I am talking about?

 

2

Cool Colors

Darker the room more I would advice to stay also in the cooler side of the color wheel,

especially when it comes down to the wall and furniture colors.

White, blue, gray, cool greens { with more blue than yellow in the formula } are perfect choices.

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From design-seeds.com

 

Warm colors such as orange, red, tan and yellow as the main color choice

 will make the room look darker.

They are fun colors but they work better in a natural lighted room.

Check this out!

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If you are like me and  you love warm colors as much as cooler ones

I have good news for you!

Use the cool tones on your walls and main big pieces such as doors and furniture.

To balance the cool tones you may want to use  warm tones with your  accessories.

 Light yellows, pistachios, salmons and red tones are delicious!

 Deep brown tones in baskets and hardwood floors will look great also.

 

This image below has pretty much the color palette of my Laundry room.

Notice how the big background is a light gray, the main and larger feather is blue { aqua }…

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{ picture source }

 

 

Here is another combination using cool tones as the main color or background

and a warm tone { yellow } as the accent.

So fun!

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From design-seeds.com

 

I want to point out something here…

What makes this image above so bright is not the yellow umbrella but the background.

If instead of the ocean the picture had a warm sunset the yellow would have not just disappeared

but actually it would have toned down the entire picture.

 

No way?

Let me show you..!

When warm tones are in the background and cool tones are the accents this is what happens:

Gorgeous and darker!

rio hues

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One more… warm as the main color {background} and cool as an accent.

setting hues

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Told ya!

Pretty cool… Ha!

Watch for those background main colors!

Think of your walls as the sky of a landscaping…

as the gorgeous background at the end of the horizon.

Choose wisely the color of your walls!

 

 

Light-bulbs

 

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What?

Well… the opposite of darkness is light.

White is your friend!

Make sure in a dark room you use white or ultra white soft  light bulbs.

Pleeeease stay away from yellowish warm lighting.

Not good!

Bad!

Really bad!

Let me show you the same bedroom with three different types of light-bulbs:

warm, neutral and daylight.

Ready?

 

Warm Light Bulbs

 

Neutral Light-bulbs

 

Daylight Light-bulbs

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That is the power of a light-bulb for you!

You can see more room and light combinations here.

 

So there you have it three simple tips for dark spaces.

1. Silver, Glass and Mirror Accents.

2. Cool backgrounds with a little bit of warm light accents if you like.

3. White Light-bulbs.

 

Pretty Easy!

Now I better go and finish my laundry room.

…By the way the walls are done!

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Happy Friday My Friends!

Desirée

 

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Hi there! After years of working in interior design, I fueled my passion for DIY into my own little corner dedicated to creativity. I am grateful that blogging has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share my passion for transforming, creating and reinventing with our readers.
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13 Responses to Color 101: Dark Spaces

  1. I loooove your inspiration colors and ideas…they’re all perfect!! Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    Also – your ideas are so on-point – LOVE all of them!! :)

  2. i just loved that post. i’m the worst at picking out colors. i painted my laundry room about 4-5 months ago and i just hate it so i’m going to wait for your reveal… and then i’ll get started (again) on mine. :)
    ps. i’m just loving reading your blog even more now that i’ve met you. i can hear your voice as i read it! i love it!!

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