It's a commonly held belief that to make a small room feel spacious, you should paint the walls white - this will not only reflect the light but will also leave the room feeling spacious and airy. However, dark colours *can* work in small spaces...
1 Darker hues such as charcoal, navy blue and even black can blur a room's contours, making it feel less boxy. Darker shades will also change colour throughout the day depending on the light, which can give the room an extra dimension.
2 If you're lucky enough to have big windows with lots of light pouring in, you should consider going all out. This means painting the walls, doors, radiators and any other fixed feature in the same dark shade -and if you're feeling especially daring you could even try the ceiling. If you're not feeling that confident or if there is a lack of natural light, you can always try painting one wall in a deep hue to balance out the light and dark.
3 The key to cracking this look are the furnishings and accessories. Dark furnishings (for instance walnut wood and chocolate brown or deep green fabrics) can be seamlessly layered for an elegant appearance. Flecks of gold and shards of white can keep the scheme looking classy while textures such as linen, velvet, faux sheepskin and rattan can give the space an incredibly cosy feeling.