Dark walls and wardrobe in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue

5 things I wish I’d known before I painted my bedroom dark

Having been lusting over dark walls every since we bought our own place last year, the husband and I have been slowly trying to figure out which room to paint and what dark colour to use. We eventually decided on the bedroom, which was in desperate need of a makeover. I initially wanted to paint one wall a dark forest green, but the husband wanted to paint the new wardrobes (he was building them after all) so we decided the only fair thing to do was paint the whole room dark.


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Armed with a Pinterest board full of inspiration off we went to B&Q and picked out some lovely dark green Valspar paint testers to try out. We slapped the paint on when we got home but it was so multi-tonal even with lots of coats, we weren’t sure it was what we were looking for. We even tried a few Abigail Ahern paints and the Little Greene Company but couldn’t find a colour we liked. The husband had recently started a job on a kitchen which was being painted in Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue which he was really impressed with. I wasn’t too sure about having a blue bedroom (was it going to be too masculine?) but we decided we loved it and took the plunge and have never looked back!


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Here are a few things I discovered along my dark wall painting journey that I thought I’d share and please feel free to ask any questions!

1. You’re going to need to dust more often…

So I hate dusting, it’s such a pain. You can get away with leaving it for a while when everything is white, but with dark wardrobes we have to hoover them at least once a week. That might not sound like much but I hate having to hoover all around the woodwork!

2. Good quality paint makes all the difference…

As I mentioned above we tried several different paint companies, a lot of them were at the premium end of the price spectrum. It was interesting painting the testers next to each other and seeing the difference in the paint. I know people who have used Valspar’s equivalent to Hague Blue and were really happy with it, but we decided to spend a bit more for a premium finish across both the wooden wardrobes and walls.

3. Use a dark primer…

Luckily the husband is clued up on these things as I hadn’t come across dark primers before. When painting a room dark, it’s a lot easier to start off with a dark primer to get a really smooth finish and stop the white on the walls shining through. The primer we used was dark grey, and meant we needed less coats of the (more expensive) Farrow & Ball paint.

4. Good lighting is key…

It might sound obvious but painting your room dark is going to mean you end up with a dark room. This was one of the draws for us painting our bedroom, because we sleep better when it’s dark. On the flip-side it has meant that we need to rethink our lighting scheme, currently only having one overhead light, which makes it hard for for me to sit at my dressing table and do my make-up for instance. We’re looking at investing in some new lighting like these Ikea lights.

5. You’ll want to paint every room in your house dark…

Finally, painting our bedroom has made me much bolder in choosing colours for the rest of the house (I’m so over the stark white walls as I’ll never be minimalist enough to make the most out of it). We recently wallpapered our downstairs loo with dark patterned paper, and now am looking at what we can do with our dining room and spare room upstairs!

Have you been inspired to paint any of your rooms dark?

Becca xx


6 thoughts on “5 things I wish I’d known before I painted my bedroom dark

  1. Sabha says:

    Is your ceiling painted the same as the walls also? And do you know what the Valspar equivalent is for The Hague blue?


    • Bugs & Birds Blog says:

      We kept the ceiling and skirting white as the room is quite small and dark already, with a lowish ceiling. We also plan to move in the nearish future and I didn’t want the nightmare of repainting ceilings! I don’t know the Valspar equivalent unfortunately! We went Farrow and Ball as it works so well on wood and so many of the testers we had we didn’t like. I have painted the rest of the house using Valspar and think they’re much improved. These guys went with Deep Shadow and might be able to help : https://blog.making-spaces.net/2015/08/01/the-blue-room/


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