Are you thinking about painting your walls a dark color? If so, you’re not alone. Adding a dark accent wall is a big interior design trend right now. It is a great way to give an otherwise neutral room a welcome splash of color and depth.

Contrary to popular belief, dark walls don’t make your space feel smaller. In fact, they can trick the eye and actually make small rooms look more spacious.

Painting a room or an accent wall a dark color might be intimidating, but there are some tricks you can do to make the process of painting walls easier.

Tips for Painting Walls a Dark Color

Painting with dark colors requires a little more care than light colors. To help make the process easier for you, here are seven tips for painting walls a dark color:

1. Try It In a Small Space First

Before you commit to painting a living room or bedroom a dark color, start with a smaller space to make sure you like the look. A small bathroom, entryway or office are good places to start.

2. Know Your Natural Light

Before you paint, make sure you test out your color selections at every point of the day. If your room gets a lot of light, you might need to pick an even darker color because the natural light can wash it out.

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3. Prep the Walls Properly

Dark walls are unforgiving, so make sure your walls are properly prepped before you start painting. Fill in any holes with spackle so the wall surface is completely smooth. Properly fix any larger sheetrock holes or damage… these are much harder to do after painting has been done.

After that, make sure you remove any plates around electrical outlets. You also need to take your time and tape the walls properly. You don’t want dark paint getting on lighter surfaces.

4. Accent With Lighter Colors

Dark walls serve as the perfect backdrop for accent colors and accessories. A bright colored gallery wall, mirror or a white fireplace will all stand out against a dark wall. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little with your decor and new dark walls.

5. Paint The Trim Dark

If you have a room with low ceilings, painting the walls a dark color can make the ceilings feel even lower. To fix this, paint the trim the same color as the walls. This will trick the eye and make the walls look taller, which will give the appearance of more space.

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6. Use Angled Brushes

Painting with a dark color can be tricky, especially if you have white ceilings and trim. Every drop of dark paint you spill on the surrounding areas will show up, so be careful and use the right tools. Angled brushes are key to getting into tricky areas.

7. Don’t Forget A Primer

Painting dark walls take time, and you might need two to three coats of paint. You can reduce your painting time by using a dark-tinted primer first. This is crucial if you’re trying to paint over a light colored wall, as the color will try to bleed through the dark paint and highlight every spot you missed.

Leave Painting to the Professionals

If the process of painting walls a dark color still sounds intimidating to you, it’s probably best to leave the job to the professionals.

One of our painting experts at SurePro Painting can help bring your design vision to life. Contact us today to learn more about our indoor painting services.

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