Best Paint Colours for Dark Rooms

Best Paint Colours for Dark Rooms

Best Paint Colours for Dark Rooms

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First, let’s talk about LRV.  LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value or light reflective value. It refers to how much light the paint colour reflects. For example, the lighter the paint colour is, the higher the LVR number is and the darker the paint colour is, the lower the LRV number is.

High LVR
High LVR colours are between 60 to 100. It is important to understand that a higher LRV means that this type of colour will absorb less light which will be reflected back.

Medium LRV
A medium LRV is considered for paint colours from 40 to 60. it means they reflect an average amount of light that is considered safe to use for exterior or interior paint.

Low LRV
Low LRV colours range from 0 to 40. They are dark colours that are not very reflective. They absorb more light than they reflect.

Colours with LRV higher than 50% will be lighter and will reflect more light back into the room than is absorbed. Only use LRV as a guideline to help you choose your colour.
Do not assume that a high LRV colour will brighten your room. You need light for your colour to come to life. Colours with high LRV need light to get a reflection. You can solve this by adding lighting to your room. 

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Now we have this information, we can start choosing our paint.
If your room needs light during the day, white may not be your colour. You need to find a colour that brightens your space and helps opening up your space. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a colour such as the direction of your space (north facing, south facing…), the shape of your room, its architecture… All these elements will affect how the colours behave during the day.
We also have different tastes and you will have to choose a colour you like and which reflects your personality. It is not always easy.

What feel do you want to create? 
Dark colours will create a dramatic effect and make the room look cosy. Medium tones work best to create a bright space. Neutrals work best in hallways because they are opening things up while a bold and bright colour will work best in a small room.
The type of room you are thinking of painting will impact your colour selection. A dark hallway will need a different colour than a bedroom or a kitchen. You also have to take into consideration which type of mood you want to create.
What you need to remember is when you are painting a dark room, avoid a black base because they absorb the light. For best results, choose shades that have a warm or a neutral base.
Take samples and test a few colours and look at them in the room you are about to paint at different times of the day.

How can you find LRV on paint samples? 

Not all suppliers supply LRV. You can email them for more information about the colour you have chosen. 

Benjamin Moore and Little Greene make an excellent job of making the LRV clear. 

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Colours suggestions for a darker room:

Yellow brightens up the space and increases natural light.

light Green Green invigorates your space. It is soothing, calming and strong. 

Light grey with a pink tone can also brighten a room. Avoid grey with black bases.

Light blue adds brightness to the room.

Neutral browns and creamy beige enhance the space and bring a cosy feeling.

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Lighting Trends 2021

Lighting Trends 2021

Lighting Trends 2021

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10 Lighting Trends 2021

Lighting fixtures are not only a great way to light up your entire home, but they also help showcase your style. There are different ways to design your lighting, from experimenting with different materials to adding vivid colour details.
Mother earth is the inspiration for the 5 lightning trends of 2021. Let’s look at the lighting trends for this year.

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Number 1 trend: keeping the environment in mind

These trends have translated themselves by the use of natural materials (wood, bamboo, glass, cloth and paper imitation, metal…). Shapes are based more on natural forms such as branches, a drop of water…

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Number 2 trend: Simple shapes

Minimalist style plays a big part in 2021 trends. Lightings are simple in shape, without unnecessary details. The colours are also inspired by mother earth.

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Number 3: lighting as object d’art

If you fancy adding an eye catching detail to your interior, a chandelier is perfect for this purpose. The results can be punchy as long as if you keep it in balance with the rest of your the space. Even in a small space, you can choose an object d’art for your lighting.

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Number 4: Rounded lamps

This trend is not new and it has remained in 2021. Depending on the area, it can be transparent, translucent or opaque. They can be used as night lights, full fledged chandelier, or waterfall lighting. You can match them with rounds bulbs which are more actively used recently. This echoes both respects for the environment and the simplicity of forms.

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Number 5: Brass

If you want to add a touch of luxury to your interior, this is a great choice! This material is still very popular and it can be found in dressing tables, vases and, of course, in lamps. If you want to add a touch of luxury to your interior, this is a great choice!
Brass makes the space warmer and more comfortable. It looks noble and more interesting than the usual gold, silver, and common metal. A significant part of this trend also includes the combination of gold metal and monochrome colourful textures. This type of luminaire is particularly elegant and luxurious.

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Number 6: Geometric shapes

This trend has been around for some time. In fact, you can notice a lot of geometric elements and shapes in home decor trends in 2021.
Lightings with geometric shapes add a sense of structure and order to your interior, making it elegant and trendy.

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Number 7: Abstract shapes

Free-form lights add personality to your interior. They bring creativity and uniqueness to your home. The twisted lines and abstract shapes blend easily with simpler interior design elements and stand out in their background.

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Number 8: Metallic Material

If you flip through any interior magazines, you will notice that many interior pieces include a soft metallic finish.
Whether it’s the edges of a coffee table or the stand of a light fixture, they contain some type of metallic element. This design component not only adds a feeling of elegance to the room, but it also makes it look much more expensive.

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Number 9 trend: Lighting with combined materials

Combining different materials and textures is one of the biggest trends right now. And light fixtures and other decor items are no exception.
This year you will see a lot of materials mixed together like wood and metal, steel and ceramic, and the list goes on. Add some fixtures like this and wow everyone if you want to do something creative with the lighting in your room.

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Number 10 trend: Industrial style lighting

Industrial lighting has been present for many years now, and it doesn’t seem out of date. In fact, it only gets better in the design of 2021 fixtures.
Simple geometric tubes, concrete, bold lines, a textured combination of wood and black metal adds an industrial-style fixtures that you will see over the year.

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Material Trends 2021

Material Trends 2021

Material Trends 2021

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We have seen a shift in trends this year, due to the pandemic and a growing feeling of protecting our planet.  Designers are inspired by the earth for a more natural feel, and focus on products built with eco-sustainability in mind.

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Wood is one of the main material for furniture with its light nuances but also dark burned wood. We will see different inlays in furniture. We also see the appearance of light wood panelling on our walls to bring a natural feel and an earthy tone.
Antiques are coming back. They will modernise and decorate your interior with an unexpected feel which again have in mind sustainability. Eclectic style is trending where you can pair a piece of modern furniture with an antique armchair. It opens the field of merging different style to create a unique feel.
Rounded shapes are emerging with curves that soften furniture and interiors to give unusual shapes but stay practical and functional.

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Fluting to add texture to materials for wood, bamboo, glass, cabinets is also back.

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Rattan and bamboo soften our homes. They give a natural and chic look to any interior with their vegetable fibres. A wicker basket is ideal as a container for books, blankets…

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Ceramic is back with planters, vases, pottery, dishes, and tiles to give texture to your space.

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Natural stones with its natural elements can be used in a modern or rustic home to make a room warm and welcoming. They can be used on countertop, sinks, window sills, floors… They can be used in kitchen, bathroom and floor to give a natural and luxurious feel. It gives your home an elegant and organic look. The choice is wide from travertine, to granite, limestone, and marble…  

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Material combinations where several texture and colours are used. Leather can be mixed with fabric to bring nature inside with its mixing patterns such as cowhide cushions, rugs or door knobs.

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Metal such as gold, brass, bronze, steel, or nickel with copper being the most popular with its warm hue to give a touch of luxury. It is practical and stylish. A metal lamp with a marble stand is the perfect combination or a wooden table with metal feet. 

Glass is the perfect partner for bookcases, dividing sections, but also external walls to bring brightness into your home. Glass can also be used as a material in kitchen cabinets, stairs and floors. I can be coloured or textured. 

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Natural textured fabrics are a big trend to bring a cosy feel to your home. Boucle wool, sheepskin are soft to the touch. A trend that fits perfectly into the cocooning style.
Velvet is chic and comfortable, and compliment any type of interior.
Leather is elegant and vintage. It is one of these timeless trends. This material will last for years.

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Welcome! Truly Yummy Things is an interiors, outdoor living blog and sourcebook to inspire you in your search of truly beautiful things for your home and garden.
It is also a sourcebook for houseplants and outdoor plants manual to keep them beautiful for many years to come.
I am a firm believer in recycling old furniture and sustainable products for your home. I like to think that truly beautiful things in our home have the power to improve your mood and make you smile without always spending a fortune.

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Colour Trends 2021

Colour Trends 2021

Colour Trends 2021

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“Warm, Calm, Soothing”

Recently, we spend more time at home than ever before since last year because of the pandemic. Many designers have chosen soft, natural, soothing hues,  to create a sense of comfort, which is set to be a mainstay in home decor palettes. People have been craving to spend more time outside, and the colours chosen for 2021 have been inspired by nature.
Creating a space that feels warm, calm and inviting is 2021’s theme.  This year, if you are planning a change of decor, think about adding colours that radiate wellbeing, promote tranquillity and also bring a sense of balance.  Integrating a colour palette with soothing, calming effects is trending.

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Designers Guilds | Colours Trends 2021

Designers Guild has too, recognised earthy colours as part of their favourite 2021 hues inspired by “the soothing shades of the natural world”. They  choose warm and inviting shades to enhance the mood. Colours are soft, elegant and flattering. They are ideal for every room.  Earthy green tones complement any natural materials by creating a therapeutic atmosphere. Their hues are elegant and compliments equally  modern and classic interiors.
As many people are craving for a square of nature they do not have access, Designers Guild has listened to the longing of so many and has brought nature into our homes.

“Earthy Tones Colours”

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1 | Royal Crescent 2 | Chiltern Chalk 3 | Wicket
4 | Pink Salt 5 | Quartz Rose 6 | Petra Stone
7 | Terracotta 8 | Sussex Flint 9 | Winter smoke
10 | Chanterelle 11 | Devonshire Stone 12 | Shore Lichen
13 | Norfolk Gold 14 | French Oak 15 | Italian Pumice
16 | Vintage Green 17 | Retro Olive 18 | Herbarium
19 | London Plane Tree 20 | Cedar Tree 21 | Quercus
22 | Uniform 23| Porthcorno 24 | Kynanc Cove
23| Porthcorno 24 | Kynanc Cove 25 | Oxford Gardens
26 | Winter Twilight 27 | Apatite 28 | Japanese Ink

Benjamin Moore | Trending colours 2021

Benjamin Moore celebrated colours of 2021 is Aegean Teal “to create natural harmony” with its earthy quality. According to Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Colour Marketing and Development, it “express a welcoming, lived in quality that celebrates the connections and real moments that take place within the home.  Benjamin Moore’s hues are soft, calm and soothing to reflect on the recent events.

Farrow & Ball | Trending colours 2021

Farrow & Ball has also picked their colours based on earthy tones as they recognised a craved of the outdoor during lockdowns.

Their hues are calming from natural green, to clean blue.  Their brown based tones are an alternative to white and grey.  They introduced warmer tones to bring elegance to your home.

Joa Studholme suggests the India Yellow as a bold colour with its deeps ochre shade which is strong and moody and its earthy undertones keep you grounded.

Pantone | Winning colours 2021

The winning colours of Pantone in 2021 are  Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow.  Grey gives you a feeling of security and yellow radiates light.  Both colours and can be used as contrasting colours or they can stand alone. Adding contrast with soft furnishing is also permitted with these complementing hues. Grey belongs to neutral colours. It has been a running favourite hue for sometimes as its shade is deeply versatile and suits any interior style. It is classic,  timeless and chic.  Grey stands between light and dark and it gives your interior that cosy feeling.  You can use a light grey to create a soft palette or dark grey for a more dramatic style. It is such an adaptable colour that you can create a unique feel depending on what you pair it with. Greys are the perfect match for contrasting colours such as yellow, teal blues, green, pink… Yellow belongs to the bright, bold and fresh colours. It brings joy and energy into your space. It is a great accent colour to highlight a focal point in a room. You may think that it is a bold hue but it is also a versatile colour. It works beautifully in traditional and modern homes and could be used in most rooms. Complementing yellow with grey or a neutral colour palette will give you a sophisticated look.
winning Pantone colour 2021 - Ultimate grey and Illuminating Yellow

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It is also a sourcebook for houseplants and outdoor plants with a manual to keep them beautiful for many years to come.
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