The Dark Side

"Please Excuse Wednesday She's Allergic to Colour"


If you find yourself becoming a little more Wednesday than Happy Monday you're not alone. In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards darker colour palettes in interior design. While traditionally, light and bright colours have been the go-to choice for interiors, many people are now embracing the dramatic and moody atmosphere that dark colours can bring to a space.

Our WEDNESDAY Curated collection is a new edit to our site and brings together the darker side of The Design Yard's collection of paints, wallpapers, fabrics, furniture and accessories. Wednesday includes well loved brands as well as some new found friends. Ibride Design pieces suit this mood perfectly. They dress and inhabit an interior full of poetry and delicacy with their selection of collectable trays full of dramatic details.

The majestic Urbin and Margot Lion portraits are trays used to serve guests, which can then be displayed freely on a wall like a painting, a mythological picture.

Their range of Zoomorphic furniture where fantasy meets functionality really brings your dreams (or nightmares) to reality.


Ibride Diva Ostrich Wall Console

The Monkey Puzzle Tree Black and Gold Passion Flower Wallpaper by Alexis Snell

One of the benefits of using dark colours in interiors is that they create a sense of depth and richness in a room. They can also help to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, perfect for relaxing or entertaining guests. In addition, dark colours can be used to highlight architectural features, such as moldings or exposed brick walls, giving a room a sense of character and history.

Our pick of dark and moody paint colours form Josephine Munsey to cocoon your space


Spicer Brown Paint

Chaingate Green Paint

Maeve Brown

Alnwick Floral Pattern Wallpaper by Hex & Henbane

A perfect example of this esthetique and new to the shop is the work of Lucy Bentley and her brand Hex & Henbane. A British luxury home décor brand, specialising in wallcoverings and printed textiles with a dark edge and a story to tell. The brand was established in 2018 as she completed her final year studying Decorative Arts. Lucy has always had a keen interest in historical design, spending her weekends growing up exploring National Trust properties and local stately homes, enchanted by their interiors and the stories they held. She particularly aims to push the boundaries between fine art and design, working with curious, magical concepts to make her designs become the talking point of any room.

We particularly love her Alnwick floral pattern with its macabre origins from her Witch Fever collection - Each design is meticulously hand-illustrated before being digitally printed in Britain onto the finest substrates.

When it comes to incorporating dark colors into your interior design scheme, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it's important to balance the darkness with plenty of natural light. This can be achieved through the use of large windows or skylights, as well as by using lighter-coloured accessories, such as pillows or artwork, to offset the darkness.

One of our house favourite items - The Wick light by Graypants Studio Seattle now comes in a selection of finishes. Perfect for letting the light in through those cracks

Wick Light Black

Wick Light Brass

Wick Light Graphite

Another addition to the site is North and Nether. Born in North America, rooted in North Yorkshire, North & Nether creates wallcoverings to lend an artistic eclecticism to your every day. The Snakeskin collection adds geometric edge to natural textures, while Midnight Gardens combines good and evil into devilishly opulent designs.

Caged Bird collection takes inspiration from traditional prints and reimagines them with birds in captivity, portraying the desire and drive for freedom. All this balances light and dark with romantic themes and strong statements.


Magpie Wallpaper by North & Nether


All these elements help to create a space rich in drama and on the edge of magic! Fall under the spell of moody shadows and mystery to indulge and create sumptuous spaces with a decadent touch of your very own concoction .


Written by

Lea-Anne Falandysz

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