Using dark colours in interiors can seem like a very brave step, but used with flair, they add warmth and intensity, contrast and definition and bring an air of sophistication to your home. Neptune's colour of the Autumn season is Ink. A deep dark blue, as they describe it "always-elegant navy swirled into its depths." We are passionate about using dark colours this season and no matter what the project, we think they will inject a sense of scale and depth. Just wait for the admiring voices! Let's take a look at some different ways you can introduce these new dark shades into your home.


Long Island Corner sofa, Milo large footstool and a selection of this season's new dark cushions and throws.

Start with just a little. Add a few darker cushions or throws to your pale sofa. Use deep and pale shades of blues, or greys and black together. The Milo large footstool is a great addition to a living space - put your feet up or use as a table - and the perfect way to add a new colour. Inky blue Merino lambswool throws and Harris tweed and velvet cushions are new this season and, shown here on the Long Island corner sofa, they instantly add definition and texture - never mind extra layers of comfort - a real family nest! All these can be picked up in our Neptune Store-in Store.


Arundel Table and benches, George Sofa and Amelia chairs and NEW Ashcroft table mats in Charcoal

A feature wall is great place to introduce a new dark shade. See how Ink has been used here on the dining room panelling behind the Arundel table (now available in a darkened oak finish) and in the living room alcoves, creating a perfect background for the wall lights and art work. Combined with pale Salt on the other walls and an off-white rug, this room has all the sophistication and inviting homeliness that you could wish for. The George sofa is upholstered in dark Harris Tweed (Bilberry) and the Amelia armchairs in Isla velvet (Swallow). The Ashcroft handwoven table mats are now available (from our showroom) in a dark shade - Charcoal.



Eva sofa in Elliot Granite, Amelia armchairs in Archie Night Sky (left) and Emma Dove (right)Arthur footstool in Ewan Dove.

In this dramatic living room room the walls have been painted in another dark shade - Charcoal. Once again it provides the perfect backdrop for the gilt mirror and picture frames that would be lost against a neutral wall. The door and its frame have been highlighted in pale Silver Birch for contrast and the light Amelia armchair and pale cushions and lamp bases emerge as pools of light.


Matilda Armchair in St James saddle, Brompton reading lamp, Camilla cushion in Harris tweed, NEW season's cushions, Casper armchair in Harris Tweed (Bilberry), and Beswick side table

Just one accent chair added to an existing scheme and accessorised with beautifully-textured cushions and throws might be all the effort you need to be braver with colour and tone. It will feel bold and daring, and so will you. If you need inspiration, come and take a relaxing stroll around our Neptune Store-in-Store and talk it over with one of our interior advisors. They love this new look and are overflowing with ideas of how to bring dark colours into your home - slowly and gradually, or to give an entire new look to a room.

Call us to make an appointment if you would love some individual attention. 01886 884665.