Do I dare to go dark?

5 years ago
I’m inspired by some of the amazing dark colours for walls on this and other sites. I have a large, south-east facing living room which gets good light from a big bay window on the south-east side, and small french windows (leading to a bright conservatory on the south-facing side. The colour I’m thinking of is Little Greene’s ‘Juniper Ash’, a cross between dark grey, blue and deep lilac. ( http://www.littlegreene.com/juniper-ash).

Other colours in the room: medium oak floor; rose-wine persian carpet; light cream and lavender marbled 1950s tiled fireplace; large sofa in turquoise velvet; small sofa in lemongrass linen; vintage curtains in dark gold silk.

Colours in adjoining hallway and dining room are bright (citron yellow) and light (pink), respectively.

Here are my questions:

1. Any tips from people who have dark rooms on lighting?
2. In a large room, will the corners away from the windows be too dark?
3. do I need to paint the chimney breast a lighter accent colour (for example, I’m thinking about Little Greene’s ‘Oak Apple’ ( http://www.littlegreene.com/oak-apple)
4. I am planning to paint the ceiling a bright, just-off white. Do I need to introduce a picture rail, and extend the white down to picture-rail level?
5. Any other tips from people living with dark wall colours?

Many thanks!!!

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