It’s always nice to happen upon a scheme that uses an enveloping dark base palette, especially in a bedroom because it makes for a lovely cocooning feel. As this space proves, an all over dark bedroom needn’t feel, well, dark! In fact, with carefully layered brights dark decorating schemes can feel lively and festive. In this loft space we can see how a printed, antique-effect fabric has been juxtaposed with a neon wool to hang it from the dark wall behind the bed. This helps to break up a large expanse of painted brick wall; the wool hanging down the side helps to frame the fabric as it provides visual bang against the dark background. Colour block bedding also helps to bring colourful cheer to the space while also drawing the eye downwards making the high-ceiling room feel more intimate and cosy. I love that this bold and darkly decorated bedroom becomes a riot of colour and interested texture thanks to layer accessories and textiles. What do you like about the marriage of dark and brights in they bedroom scheme?

// Photography by Woodsfolk, via


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Love it…and I must find that pom pom garland for our playroom…any idea where it’s from? I think I saw it in Oh Happy Day’s kids room recently, so I will investigate 😉

    • Susan – I’m not sure but i know that Leif Shop have a multicoloured pom pom garland in stock at the moment! Good luck with the hunt! 🙂

  2. The wall hanging feels mysterious and intriguing… it makes the space.

  3. I enjoy this series and learning about colour. I never would have thought to combine neon pink with dark grey walls but I can see it does work!!

  4. I love darker walls at the moment – i think tehy work really well with spaces full of colourful and bright accessories! great photo!

  5. I think it is rather more suitable for kids. Because, they like bright colors. Anyhow, trees printed on the cloth looks fantastic. A light color bed sheet will make more contrast.

    • @Graphic Designing Portfolio – I think this space uses brights in quite a grown up way; I think the dark base palette helps to ground the brighter shades making them feel more sophisticated.

  6. Where is the landscape print wall hanging from?! I have got to have it!

  7. what an excellent wall hanging! love it 🙂 the dark wall looks amazing, althought i’m really addicted to our white bedroom 😉

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.