Moody Hues

How to use darker colours in the home

City Cashmere

The darker shades of the colour wheel make for a stylishly daring colour pallet. Deep greens, blues, greys and blacks in particular can be as classy as they are dramatic.

Colours form the basis of your design and when you choose the right combination, they can bring everything into focus and create an entire mood throughout the room.

Darker colours and moody hues lend themselves particularly well to kitchen designs. Don’t be afraid of these shades, they may traditionally be colours you shy away from, but when used correctly they have great impact. Magnet’s City Cashmere uses a dark wall colour to highlight the design of the glossy units, with added luxury from a Ceramic Anthracite worktop. The overall feel is gorgeously simple and doesn’t feel too dark with the lifting colour of the units.

On the other hand, the Newbury Grey kitchen features unique moody, matt grey units, set amongst pale flooring and light coloured quartz worktops. The lighter grey marble effect splashback is the perfect complement to the mid-grey cabinets. The overall effect creates a sophisticated feel that will be a talking point within your home. The use of the darker colours in rooms can often be a way to define the function of the space, for example the functional worktop surface of the Newbury Grey kitchen stands out brilliantly against the dark units.

Using darker hues can feel quite daring, but just one wall of colour can sometimes be all you need. Magnet’s Era kitchen demonstrates this, creating a clean, simple yet still effective look. The crisp white slab looks strikingly modern against the feature grey wall.

If your style is modern and dramatic, this trend could work well for you. Don’t be afraid to embrace the moody hues and remember to balance the colours with some tactile lighter elements.