With many of us waking up to a blanket of snow in recent weeks, you'd be forgiven if you'd forgotten that it is now, technically, spring.

We’ve suffered the rain, stood up to the gales, and shivered at the freezing temperatures, but, over the past few weeks, the sun has started to poke its head out of the clouds more frequently, and those of us who work the usual 9-5 are now arriving at work and going home in daylight.

At VictoriaPlum.com, we’ve taken a look ahead at the trends that will be hot in these warmer months. Whether you’re renovating your bathroom, bedroom or any other room in your home, our style tips will help to give your home the most up-to-date look on the block. So, in the first of our trend specials, we take a look at a deliciously dark trend that is set to take your interiors to another level. We also show you how to achieve this style in your own home.

Dark settings

During Autumn/Winter 2015, nocturnal tones and darker elements started to become popular in hotels and retail. As with most interior trends, where professional interiors dare to tread, private homes are soon to follow. Inspired by these settings, home interiors are set to become a little darker this year.

The dark settings trend may sound a little ominous, but it is actually far more imaginative and colourful than mere black and white or monochrome schemes. Whilst the whole idea of darkening your home sounds horribly oppressive, you can actually interplay light and dark elements to accentuate your overall décor.

Russet coloured bath

Dark colours

Some of the most prominent colours to be used with this trend are dark blues, burgundy and brown. However, turquoise, teal and deep blues can all be big colours when it comes to achieving the look.

Embracing a dark colour palette may seem a little at odds with a season where light and bright is the natural state of mind, however you will find that this trend, when done well, will result in an atmospheric and incredibly opulent interior.

For the bathroom

In the bathroom, dark settings can be achieved through a mix of tiling and dark wood finishes, like wenge, oak or walnut. Whilst it’s highly unlikely you’ll choose anything other than a white bathroom suite, you can still add darker elements, such as a bath panel or bead boarding.

Slate tiles or textured tiles such as those from our Studio Conran range, will play with light for an intriguing effect.

Studio Conran hartland black pressed mosaic tile

In the bedroom

In the bedroom, you can achieve the same thing with dark purples or greys. Look for teals and turquoises when it comes to wall coverings. Darker wood finishes include oak and walnut, or you can even choose furniture with dark fascias, such as our wonderfully designed London walnut and black gloss range.

Choose thick, velvet drapes that create a sense of depth, whilst keeping lighting to a warm minimum. The idea is to create a mysterious and melancholic tone with your darker colour palette.


What do you think about this interior style trend? Are you bold enough to give it a go? Leave us a comment below…