It’s the usual case: white walls, sheer curtains, neutral tones and perhaps a pot of fiddle-leaf fig plant at the corner of that brightly lit living room. Maybe a host of wood furniture pieces or a pop of colour from small decor pieces from H&M Home. What’s new?

For many new homeowners, keeping the interior bright and clean seems to be the easiest way to decorate a space. Oftentimes, we draw inspiration from Scandinavian interiors you’d find on Pinterest or simply from an IKEA catalogue. And by the time you’re done decorating, your home would probably look like everyone else’s.

Have you ever considered dressing your home dark? Dark blue ceiling, charcoal black walls and ashen wood panels can be quite the spectacle too when done right. Perhaps we are too afraid to try something beyond the conventional way of designing or simply because of the notion “dark colours make your space smaller.”

In fact, dark hues blur the edges of the space — creating an illusion of an infinite spatial quality — that makes the room appear wider and higher. A dark colour is also timeless and acts as a great background to various decorating ideas. The theatrics alone inside a black space allow you to be more creative with minimal decorating whilst creating an extraordinary shadow-and-light effect.

With confident dark hues coming back in trend for 2018, dark majestic blue, burgundy red, rich olive and deep sea green are making a huge comeback in the context of interior design.

The question is: can you live in the dark? Let’s find out some great inspirational dark spaces in sultry black tones, deep emeralds and rich blues that would make you change your mind. Be sure to tap the (+) to read more about each of them.

(Feature image: Li Di/Alex Xie)