How to make the Sensory Darks colour palette work in your home

Create an interior that engages all the senses thanks to a rich palette of deep tones and plush textures.

Preparing to lavish your home in a new colour palette has that same sense of anticipation that comes with a big change. It’s not one of those spur of the moment decisions – an update to your colour scheme needs proper planning. There’s a fine art to mastering the balance of colours to highlight your home’s best features and avoiding a palette that just doesn’t fit.

Sensory Darks Colour Pallete

Mastering the Sensory Darks palette

If you’ve been won over by the drama of the Sensory Darks palette, it pays to plot your approach before putting brush to the canvas of your home. First, look to the colours at your disposal – you’ll want to layer the moody magic of Midnight Seas with the rich green of Sashimi. Depending on how you see your palette playing out, you may want your walls to be devoted to a mixture of the two, but seek out opportunities to layer accordingly. Keep in mind that your existing pieces of furniture and soft furnishings will inform both the paint colours as well as the proportion of colours.

One of the draw cards of this palette is that the look is dramatic but understated. Dark colour schemes, like Sensory Darks, with moments of contrasting highlights are known as a ‘low, major palette’ meaning that the tones are predominantly dark with touches of high contrast. To achieve this tonal balance, work in Dry Straw and Grey Pearl to inform those hits of brightness that lift the whole look. Deep blues and greens will set the scene so you can start layering hints of accent colours, like mustard and silver grey. Add extra dimension to your space with the addition of texture. From organic linen and plush throws in the bedroom, to matt ceramics and faux fur in the living room. Unless your room has a lot of natural light, you can't go past the addition of oversized lighting to bring the space to life.

While the mood has that cosy, cocoon vibe, playing with the styling will really help you create your own look. Manipulating colour ratios, textural accessories and lighting, enables the look to be adapted with the seasons. In summer, texture might be drawn in through organic linen and blonde timbers, in winter, rich velvet and faux fur mean you won’t want to leave your cosy home. Once you’ve struck the right balance between tone and texture, you’ll be able to appreciate the Sensory Darks palette for the way it transforms a space into a cocoon that allows us to disconnect and concentrate on the timelessness of our surroundings.

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