Before and After: Painting the Wall Behind My Bed a Dark Accent Color

My new apartment was all white when I moved in. It was lovely at first and my bedroom, in particular, had a light, airy feeling. And then it got boring. After the thrill of moving into a new space wore off, I realized that my bedroom was TOO light and had no definition. It didn’t feel grounded and stylish either. It needed some color!

However, rather than paint all the walls, and inspired by some very dark walls I had seen on European blogs, I decided to do something new: go very dark with one bold color behind my bed. I wanted it to be so dark that it would dramatically set off the headboard and calm the room right down. I wanted my bright, soft bed to seem like the center of a cozy nest so that I would draw me to bed (and perhaps I wouldn’t stay up so late). And I would leave the other walls as is.

I tried some swatches of color on the wall over a few weeks and found myself tip toeing into darker and darker tones. If I was going to do this, I didn’t want to do it half way. I finally settled on a deep aubergine color from Farrow & Ball called Brassica. I bought one gallon of it in a matte finish and painted it in three coats. It was dark.

I replaced my headboard, bed and side tables. I made my bed. I turned on the bedside lights and smiled. It was dark, warm, softly dramatic and lovely. For the first time in my life I’d added a really dark color to a wall in my home and it was not scary. It was a thrill.