Interior Trends: Dark Drama

Winter in Minnesota is a beautiful and savage thing. Perhaps it is the inevitable shortening of days or the sharp and familiar tang of cold air, but dropping temperatures have us happily reaching for nostalgia and comfort each year, layer after heavy layer. This season, embrace the darkness and melancholy of winter as interiors abound with sumptuous velvets, dark botanicals and opulent texture. It is a direction of bittersweet beauty, moody ambiance and a romantic Rembrandt aesthetic. 

Gray replaces white as the go-to new neutral, florals and botanical prints take on nocturnal undertones, while midnight blue and pitch black become powerful backdrops. Bathroom and kitchen hardware also embrace the dark-hued trend, presenting sleek and seamless looks in a monochromatic palette. Oversized florals and tropical leaves printed on inky backgrounds imbue a rich Victorian drama. Textural and visual depth is key, with color, surface and pattern merging together through layered styling, multi-dimensional fabrics, and encapsulated textures. 

UK's leading paint brand Dulux offers a guide to the season's palette.