It’s official: Australians love the dark stuff. For a long time, creamy milk chocolate was the sweet treat of choice but our maturing palate has sparked a love affair with the rich, delicious flavour of dark chocolate. We’ve noticed that interior designers are also getting a little cheeky with deep cocoa hues, taking our ripening tastes as a cue to start playing with a more flavoursome colour palette – and we love it!
While decorating your space in lush moody tones from top to toe may be a little too decadent for even the most loyal of dark chocolate lovers, the key to embracing this timeless trend is all about resisting the temptation to overindulge. Try adding one or two statement pieces, such as a cosy leather club chair or a soft patterned rug underfoot, in rich earthy brown to your space first, and complete the look by accessorising with décor in a similar hue.
For a softer style, introduce plush cushions or throws in lighter shades, while homewares featuring eye-popping prints and colour add contrast, character and instant appeal.
Is your abode a study in sleek minimalism? Or perhaps it exudes rustic charm? Here, we share our box of dark chocolate delights – there’s something for every taste, space and style. We love the Globe West suite of sofas and armchairs in delicious neutrals. Make it pop with chevrons or vibrant cushions from Aura by Tracie Ellis and Canningvale, and watch as your guests drool with envy.
Like liquor-tinged dark chocolate sweets, the Tropica Goat Hair Stool from Soundslike HOME is a grown-up treat for adult tastes. Dark, dramatic and exuding exotic appeal, this piece is best served with a moody mulberry velvet sofa, coconut-infused candles and a little Edith Piaf.
You can’t beat dark and handsome. The Don Draper of recliners, the Mercer Trading Co. Cuba Armchair is one piece of chocolate-dipped furniture that we covet. The ultimate in relaxation, this masculine-chic chair is designed with style and melt-in comfort in mind. Team with textiles in mocha and cherry-tinted tones, plus a retro lamp complete the cool, contemporary look.
It’s the dark chocolate surprise that awaits you inside this ebony piece that makes our blood sugar levels shoot through the roof. The Baker Drum Side Table is everything we love about the chocolate revolution– it’s simple yet sophisticated and bursting with flavour. Add other vintage-inspired statement pieces to your space, such as a large dial wall clock and the Half Mile Ray Searchlight Floor Lamp, for sweet harmonious style.
Do you like decorating with dark chocolate tones from top to toe, or do you prefer a few touches of rich brown here and there?