Why you should care

We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dark wall colours.

Dark coloured walls are definitely not for the faint-hearted, not only are they high maintenance, they also come with baggage.

If you’re thinking of going to the dark side, we suggest you have your heart set before taking the dive. Dark hues may be difficult to pull off but when done right, is just so right..

Fundamental Rules


You need to know that dark colours can make rooms appear smaller than they are. Darker hues tend to cancel out light and brightness. Having said that, painting your four walls black can also give the illusion of space as it makes the walls disappear. So before taking the plunge, decide what you want to achieve with dark paint and see if your space can afford the down- or up-sizing..

Flawless Walls


Before you can start with the paint, it’s important to note that dark colours amplify the texture of your walls. So if there are holes, cracks, or flaws on your wall, we suggest you fix them first. Think matte lipstick on chapped lips: an absolute no-no.

Commitment is Key

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Deciding on a dark colour is already hard enough but take into consideration the amount of coats it takes to achieve the look you want and not forgetting the finish you’re looking for. The hue you see on colour charts won’t transfer onto your walls with just one layer, they often require a base coat and a couple of finishing coats. Then, you need to choose the finish of your paint – matte, gloss, semi-gloss or eggshell. Each finish translates differently onto your walls so explore all options before making a decision.

Technique is Crucial

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Now that you’ve got flawless walls and the perfect colour, it’s time to get started on the painting process. Because dark paint amplifies flaws, it’s best you get your tools and painting technique down before painting your walls.

Don’t trust yourself? Then we suggest you hire professionals. Start with expert advice from Malaysian interior designers.
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Why you should care

We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dark wall colours.

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