Decorating with dark paint doesn't mean you'll end up with a room of Stygian gloom. In fact the very opposite. Used properly drama and atmosphere await. Like this north facing living room which has been painted in dark blue.
In the study of Douglas Mackie's Marylebone flat, there is plenty of inspiration for a living room. Oxblood red walls provide a dramatic backdrop for a portrait by Spanish-Cuban artist José Segura Ezquerro and a lampshade made from an antique sari. (houseandgarden.co.uk)