Dark bedroom ideas — 5 ways to create a magical moody space

Our interior designers love using dark bedroom ideas to create cozy spaces

Dark bedroom ideas are so dreamy. Here is a black bedroom with floral wallpaper, a gray bed with black floral bedding, and a wooden floor
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You might want to go for dark bedroom ideas if you want to have the coziest bedroom possible. Whether you want to bring out your inner goth, or you just like a dramatic finish, going for moody tones can change up the vibe completely.

We've spoken with interior designers to find out how you can bring this look into your bedroom in an elegant way. Balancing colors, utilizing texture, and bringing in personal touches are just some of their favorite ways to do this.

When it comes to bedroom ideas, toning things down and going to the dark side will transform the ambiance of your space.

Dark bedroom ideas

Whether you want to go for a black bedroom or combine sultry shades, these dark bedroom ideas are sure to inspire.

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1. Paint your walls in moody hues

A black bedroom with black wall and, a gray bed with burgundy and gray bedding

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Make your bedroom look striking as soon as you step into it by using bedroom paint colors in dark shades.

“Dark wall colors such as navy blue, charcoal gray, or even black will make a bedroom feel cozy and warm,” says Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight.

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky is an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, an award-winning interior design studio based in New York. He's designed plenty of different rooms throughout the years, including dark bedrooms.

When doing this, you can choose between a combination of dark colors or even choose ones within just one color range.

“I like to opt for a monochromatic color scheme to create an intimate atmosphere,” says Ricky Allen, interior designer and director of Ever Wallpaper.

A picture of Ricky Allen in a suit
Ricky Allen

Ricky Allen is the interior designer and director of Ever Wallpaper, experts in high-quality wallpapers and murals, using non-toxic, odorless, and environmentally friendly materials. He's a pro at transforming rooms, including dark bedrooms.

2. Give it a glow up with lighting

A blue bedroom with a mirror, table lamp, and beige bed

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You may have gone for a dark bedroom to make your space look cozy — so it’s a good idea to turn up the snugness by adding bedroom lighting schemes, too.

Artem explains, “Ambient lighting, task lights, and accent lamps can not only make dark shades look richer, but can also serve a practical purpose.”

“Lamps with shades, frosted glass, or pierced metal offer diffused light which contribute to the moody vibe,” says Deborah Bettcher, principal designer at Decorating Den Interiors.

A picture of Deborah Bettcher, a woman with short hair wearing a white shirt
Deborah Bettcher

Deborah Bettcher is a principal designer for Decorating Den Interiors — a professional interior design firm based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She has a unique ability to integrate each client’s essence into every design project, which has included dark bedrooms in the past.

Try using a combination of these in your bedroom, such as having a table lamp on your nightstand, dimmer bulbs (we like these Linkind Dimmer Light Bulbs on Amazon), and sconces on your wall.

3. Choose a contrasting wall trim

A teal blue bedroom with a brown bed with teal bedding and a white lamp next to it

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If you’ve splashed your walls with color, you can further accentuate this by paying attention to the wall trim.

Deborah says, “I like to paint the trim in dark bedrooms a white trim for a crisp contrast.”

Instead of buying a whole pot of paint to do this, simply get a paint pot sample such as this Benjamin Moore White Dove Paint Sample, and apply accordingly.

Deborah also recommends using a semi gloss on the trim in the same color as the wall for a dramatic, cave-like effect.

4. Utilize texture

A black bedroom with floral wallpaper, a gray bed with black floral bedding, and a wooden floor

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For those who are renting and can’t paint your walls, you can still bring your dark academia fantasy into your bedroom with textural elements.

“Instead of making your walls dark, you may want to consider incorporating throw blankets or velvety cushions instead,” says Artem.

He adds, “These will still make your bedroom look luxurious, without having to completely transform the whole room.”

You could even flip your bedding for dark sheets, to create the perfect den for snuggling up in.

5. Break it up with personal touches

A black nightstand with two photo frames and a plant on it, next to white bedding

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Bring warmth to your dark bedroom by adding pieces of your personality to your walls and your table decor.

Ricky explains, “Adding personal touches, like family photos or art pieces, can also make a dark bedroom feel more inviting and personalized.

He recommends using frames to contrast with the dark colors, in order to prevent the space from looking too heavy. For example, these metallic Victoria Frames from Anthropologie would look so stylish in a black or blue bedroom.

Want to be a little more thrifty? You could always DIY your own photo frames by cutting recycled wood and glass to the size of your pictures.

Even if you’ve fallen in love with everything dark and dramatic, our interior designers still recommend balancing your bedroom.

Ricky finishes by saying, “I always suggest incorporating a mixture of light and dark elements for an elevated look when it comes to dark bedroom ideas.”

Another brilliant way to add sophistication to your bedroom is by using home fragrances such as candles, which will make your bedroom feel warm and relaxed just like darker colors will.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.