6 Designer-Approved Dark Paint Colors That Make a Moody Statement

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Published on September 22, 2022

There’s something to be said for clean, white-walled minimalism — it’s serene, effortless, and timeless. And while we will always have a sweet spot in our design hearts for warm neutral hues, we can’t help but obsess over dark paint colors with equal enthusiasm.

For moody sophistication and coziness, nothing beats a saturated, rich dark paint color. From classic navy and full-bodied burgundy to retro brown and organic sage, dark paint colors help create a “deep, soulful setting that defies trends,” says Havenly designer Melissa Wagner. “And while we especially love a bold paint come fall, moody paint colors transition seamlessly for all seasons.”

Ahead, Melissa shares her tight edit of just six dark paint colors perfect for a moody backdrop. After much contemplation, Philipsburg Blue, Mouse’s Back, Current Mood, Brinjal, Coffee Date, and Rosemary made her list. Here’s why:

1. Philisburg Blue by Benjamin Moore

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For a soft yet saturated blue that checks the “moody” box without overpowering your space, look no further than Benjamin Moore Philipsburg Blue. This smoky hue has a subtle gray undertone that makes it even more versatile and palatable — coastal views not required. We love paired with dark paned windows and ivory furniture for a high contrast aesthetic. 

2. Mouse's Back by Farrow & Ball

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We love versatile taupe because it’s more rich than off-white or beige, yet still functions as a neutral. Mouse’s Back by Farrow & Ball is particularly beautiful — it’s a dark paint color that’s welcoming, warm, and complements a range of design styles. We especially love it paired with a pop of cozy berry, as seen in the above living room!

3. Current Mood by Clare Paint

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While not for the faint of heart, a deeply saturated green with subtle blue undertones is a classic dark paint color that’s worth the commitment. We love Clare Paint’s best-seller Current Mood in particular — pair it with warm brass, natural materials, deep cognac, and crisp linen to round out the look.

4. Brinjal by Farrow & Ball

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We know that purple can feel a bit out there, but don’t sleep on this soulful shade of Brinjal from Farrow & Ball — it’s rich, warm, and sophisticated with just a hint of traditional whimsy. Plus, it pairs beautifully with any neutral, thanks to the cool navy undertones and hints of warm cranberry.

5. Coffee Date by Clare Paint

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We said it once, and we’ll say it again: warm, retro brown tones are back in a big way across fashion and interior design. And Coffee Date from Clare Paint checks every box — it’s moody, interesting, and, when paired with the right color palette, can still function as a neutral. It’s a more interesting and warm twist on a dark paint color that will firmly establish you as a trendsetter.

6. Sherwin Williams' Rosemary

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Sage is everywhere this season, so why not take it up a notch with a saturated moody sage? Consider Sherwin Williams’ Rosemary for a gorgeous green that’s equal parts calming, moody, and bold. Paired with rich walnut furniture and brass accents, you have a winning color palette that will outlast the trend cycle.

From selecting dreamy dark paint colors to perfecting room flow, our designers are chock-full of expert tips. Start with our style quiz to work with a design pro one-on-one.

Words by Kelsey Clark