If you’re hoping for a bold, different look for your kitchen or bathroom, consider some of the moody color and decor trends being talked about these days.


Let’s start with the classic moody shade, black. There are lots of ways to make this work, and it’s not necessary to go all black, throughout the entire room. You can try contrasting black with white for a classic contrasting look—for example, accenting white bathroom tiles with black grout and adding black spigots and trim around cabinets and mirrors. In darker bathrooms without any natural light, try adding moisture-loving plants like aloe vera or ferns for a fresh look.

You could also choose a couple of walls to paint black or dark grey, with the others being a more classic, neutral shade like ivory or greige. Many designers suggest playing with brass or gold-tone hardware for sink spigots and cabinet knobs or handles.


If you’re not sure about black, try a bit more classic with a shade of navy. The addition of brass or gold fixtures and hardware adds a nautical look—which is still moody, because what’s more somber than sailing stormy seas somewhere in the middle of nowhere? You can go lighter and a bit brighter with indigo—perhaps with the addition of candles for a dark, Victorian look.

Or you could again try contrasting a shade of navy with white or ivory, along with brass fixtures, for another kind of dramatic look. If you start with a more subtle approach, you can always make it darker by adding another wall or dark flooring to make it even moodier.

Jewel Tones

For more color palette ideas, think jewel tones like garnet, emerald, sapphire, and amethyst. Jewel tones may be bold and dramatic, but they’re also classic and add lots of interest—especially in dark bathrooms without any outside light or small rooms needing a boost.

Check out this ruby-colored backsplash in a kitchen that is otherwise white: a dramatic contrast that is also full of moody attitude. Or try an emerald green-painted bathroom with dark black or charcoal cabinets for a contrasting look that isn’t monotone but still full of drama.

Ombre Walls

One way to get creative with your painting is to try out an ombre effect in your bathroom or kitchen: for example, charcoal to light grey; or navy to indigo or royal blue. It could be interesting to experiment with different effects for different walls, as well, going horizontally rather than vertically in your color gradation. Or try contrasting colors on different walls for a unique effect.

Metallic Fixtures

If you are not sure about painting the walls or cabinets a bold color, try going bold by adding metallic fixtures, accents, and hardware such as faucets, cabinet knobs, and backsplash. Opt for copper or brass accents, or go for a chrome look if you’re working with a pale color palette.

Who knows: maybe gold cabinet handles will inspire you to paint your bathtub or accent wall gold, as well. Why not? You deserve to get creative in your own home.

If you’d like some professional expertise to factor into your design plans for a moody kitchen or bathroom, contact the team at Quest Interiors and one of our consultants will get back to you.