Let this collection of wonderfully moody interiors spur creative ideas for using paint and possessions to inject personality into plain spaces.
Try using floor-to-ceiling dark hues to make reflective collectables really dazzle; fill every surface with an eclectic mix of ornaments and artworks, and experiment with scale to create a unique home with interest at every turn.
1. Darkly dramatic dining room
Don’t be afraid to be bold. Painting dining room ceilings and walls in a deep shade needn’t mean dark and dingy, but can immerse dinner guests in an enchanting luxurious atmosphere, especially when accessorised with oversized chandeliers, glinting metallics and cosy furs.
2. Drawing room full of collectables
A menagerie of taxidermy animals, walls adorned with oil paintings and antique bell jar displays, teamed with plenty of candles and crooked candelabras, evoke a mood of Victorian eccentricity in this elegant drawing room.
3. Embrace the feature wall
For an effective feature wall with a quirky twist choose a moody, midnight hue and furnish with an assortment of concave mirrors, as in this Grade II-listed home.
4. Hunting lodge chic
With its panelled fireplace, long wooden table and wingback, hide-upholstered dining chairs, this resplendent dining room is fit for a Jacobean feast.
5. Moody bedroom with eclectic style
Chintzy florals, crushed velvets and decorative Far Eastern accessories bring feminine softness to this mysterious, brooding space.
6. Gothic dining hall
This lofty dining hall is just one of the magnificent rooms in Anna Vines’ and Graham Booth’s Neo-Gothic home designed by ‘God’s own architect’, A.W.Pugin. With vast proportions and deep crimson walls, this space makes a magnificent setting for a medieval banquet.
7. Cosy reading nook
Mysterious mock-ancestral portraits combine with dark dusky green walls to give this cosy nook a sultry yet stylish feel reminiscent of a Victorian gentleman’s study – the perfect place to cosy up with a murder mystery.
8. Opulent sitting room
Corners crammed with oddities, antique chandeliers and faded Baroque-style seating help evoke a faded grandeur feel in this Georgian sitting room.