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Working with Dark Colors

Create an impact by choosing deep-colored hues for the walls, door, or upholstery

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Photography: Dairy Darilag Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Lara Fernandez-Barrios

One of the things we loved in writer and editor Yvette Fernandez's space is how she used deep-colored hues in the different areas of her home. It is very much evident in the kitchen walls, door, even on the upholstery. Using dark hues can be challenging! Here are tips that may just help you.

Click here to see more photos of Yvette's Colorful Apartment.

Create a sophisticated style

Deep hues are visually elegant. Consider using colors like eggplant, beet, or dark gray.

Pair your dark hues with metallic pieces

Elegant shades work well with things that have luster. Copper goes well with deep blues, while gold mixes well with deep purples or blacks.

Play with the tone of deep colors

Achieve contrast by pairing your chosen hues with quirky pieces and neon details.

Cozy up a big space using dark hues on walls

Deep hues can make a room appear visually smaller without sacrificing actual floor space. Opt for hues that add a distinct warmth to any room.

Opt for dark ceilings

A dark ceiling can divert your guests' attention to your furnishings. It can also camouflage exposed ductwork.

This snippet originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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