I was confident on the dark grey for the walls so I started there and then worked on the furniture, window dressings and soft furnishings. Once I had an empty room with grey walls, I gradually layered on the colour with furniture - bits of the old with new pieces carefully picked to bring out the rich wall colour (e.g. the imposing white chest of drawers). I wanted to use dark green as a primary colour and married it with a very popular colour here in India - hot pink. I also introduced, very slowly and carefully, little pops of alternative colour, like sunshine yellow, turquoise and pink's cousin purple.
Colors used in my room:
Walls: Dark charcoal Floor: a neutral Italian marble (laid when the house was built) Ceiling: White POP moulding: white (gorgeously offsets the dark grey - you can spend hours looking up at the perfect ceiling!) Windows/cupboards: Dark wood Primary colour scheme: Dark green and fuchsia (or what we call Rani Pink here in India) with white Secondary: splashes of purple, yellow and turquoise
Tips for using color successfully:
1) Balance: Although my room is flush with colour, I do not believe that "more is good." I think balance is key. Intuitively layering with colour, after using a neutral base, always works. Start slowly, and build up as you go along.
2) Light: Light plays a very important factor in determining how dark you and/or colourful you can go. Contrary to some of the photographs (oh how I wish I was a professional!), my bedroom is flooded with light through a massive bay window, a door leading to the balcony, and a window one side of the bed.
3) Textures and periods: I had fun mixing up the furniture genres from old French style to recycled industrial to traditional Indonesian.