The dark ages
When interior designer Abigail Ahern first enveloped her rooms in walls of deepest, darkest blue, grey and even full-on black, it caused quite a stir. Several years on, it’s become the creative way to add drama and depth to a living space. But to make it work, you need great lighting and even better accessories. Whether your room is north- or south-facing, invest in statement pendants that will stand out against their dark backdrop – those cast in gleaming metal or eye-catching glass are ideal. Team with table-level lamps and furniture and accessories that can hold their own. Think furniture in butter-soft leather or luscious velvet and cushions in linen or softest wool. Pick out period details such as skirtings or wall panelling in a deep, dark grey. If you don’t have original panelling, faux cladding is surprisingly easy to install. Then, to keep things cohesive, outline doors or window frames in the same inky shade. Finally, keep artworks low-key: the real work of art is already wrapped around your walls.