Cozy Drama Isn't an Oxymoron: A Dozen Beautiful Dark Living Rooms

Cozy Drama Isn't an Oxymoron: A Dozen Beautiful Dark Living Rooms

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 7, 2015
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In a fascinating article she wrote for Apartment Therapy, Carolyn explains why dark interiors, which used to be the norm, were eventually superseded in popularity by light, bright ones. But for a few of us dark, cozy spaces will always be the ideal. While these 12 living rooms may have dark walls, they are anything but dreary.

Above: A velvet sofa almost glows in a dark-walled room from Felix Forest.

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This post would be incomplete without at least one photo of the home of Abigail Ahern, the master of dark, moody interiors. Spotted on The Selby.

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Black and pink is a sophisticated combo in this room from Farrow & Ball.

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Dark walls cozify a space from Country Living.

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In this living room from Trendland, hunter green walls make a lovely contrast with a light wood floor.

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A dark-walled living room from Mad & Bolig.

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I wish I were curled up in this living room right this very moment. From House and Garden via Habitually Chic.

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Dark walls aren't dreary when there's lots of light. Image from Daily Dream Decor.

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Dark plaid walls make for a cozy space. Image from Sharyn Cairns.

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I love all of this — dark paneling, dark grey walls, gold accents. From

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And finally, a dark living room from Eye Swoon.

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