A lot of times when we think of dark colors we think of a dark room, a super bold statement or a closed in feeling. As with any color, there are ways to use it to not only break all those first thoughts, but in fact make things even lighter and brighter than we thought!
Perfect Imperfection - Using a dark color can be a little bit scary. We are afraid that we will make a big statement that we really don't want to make! If it means it's not a perfect space, that is okay! Perfection can be sterile whereas a little bit of imperfection makes things a little more comfortable and warm. So take that risk!
Balance - You don't have dark without light, so they balance each other. If you choose to paint a dark wall, balance with lighter furniture and brighter accessories. A navy wall makes beautiful white wainscoting stand out or dark cabinets with a gorgeous white countertop can really balance each other. Too much white or too much dark will make a place feel sterile, cold and unappealing. Balance is always the key!
Depth - Darker colors can add depth. you may think painting a ceiling a dark color may make it feel closed in, but it does the opposite. It can make the ceiling seem to "disappear". Adding different dark shades to a space give it more richness and they can pull the eye in different directions. It doesn't just have to be the walls, floor or ceiling. Pops of dark colors in accessories or a piece of furniture can add that depth you want as well.
Remember, as with any décor, it can always be changed. Take a chance. You may find a dark color that makes you feel all warm and cozy and isn't that how you want to feel in your home?