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Dark vs. Light: Which Wallpaper Color is Better For Home

Time : 2023-03-13 Hits : 20

One important part of selecting the perfect wallpaper print for your space is making sure you're choosing the right shade or tint. In other words, will your wallpaper be a dark colored wallpaper or a light colored one?


Light Wallpaper Colors

Since color can affect our mood and the way we perceive a space, learning how to "read" the emotion of a wallpaper color is important since it can alter the atmosphere of the room you're designing. Light wallpaper colors tend to make a room feel brighter, more open, and welcoming. A popular sub-category of light-colored wallpaper is pastel, which includes a variety of light colors such as blue, gree, pink, and purple. These are typically used to add some color to the space, but aren't overwhelming since they're lighter and less vibrant.


When To Use Light Colors

If you're looking for wallpaper to decorate a smaller space, it's often recommended that you start looking at light wallpaper colors first. Because light wallpaper colors can make a room feel more spacious, this makes it well suited for smaller rooms. In addition, using light wallpaper colors in rooms under less optimal lighting can be beneficial.


Dark Wallpaper Colors

While light wallpaper colors can make a room feel brighter and more spacious, dark wallpaper colors do the opposite. They can make a space look more enclosed, cozy, or smaller. Dark wallpaper colors are great for creating spaces that feels more intimate, so it's a good option if you have a larger space and you want to create this kind of aesthetic.

Some popular dark colors in our wallpaper catalogue include dark neutrals, such as dark brown, black, dark taupe, and dark gray. Similar to light neutrals, dark neutral colors are very versatile in terms of what other colors you want to pair it up with.

Compared to light wallpaper colors, dark wallpaper colors demand attention; it's usually the very first thing you see when you enter the room. Dark colors tend to be more dramatic in terms of altering the mood of the space, which is both a pro and a con, depending on what you want to achieve with your interior design.


When To Use Dark Colors

In general, dark colors aren't a good fit for smaller spaces as it can make the room feel more cramped or even smaller than it actually is. This means that smaller rooms are generally "harder" to choose wallpaper colors for since you have fewer options. You can work around this by using a dark wallpaper as a feature wall on a single wall in the room, minimizing the "enclosed" feeling you would get if you used it throughout the entire space.

However, if you're decorating a mid to large-sized room, your options are more open and you can use both light or dark colors. When using dark wallpaper colors, do keep in mind that it does create the look and feel or a more enclosed space. This can be great if you want to create a bedroom or living room that looks more cozy.

Keep in mind that dark wallpaper has a much more dramatic impact on a room than light colored wallpaper. If your room has poor lighting conditions (such as no windows), dark colors can make the space feel drab or depressing. Dark wallpaper colors tend to take over the entire space in a more powerful or dominant way than light colors; light wallpaper colors tend to "sit back" and blend into the space more effectively rather than becoming the center of attention.


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