To add punch to a room, there is no quicker way than painting one wall in a dark shade. It will suddenly give the whole interior another dimension. What is fascinating here is how the overall atmosphere still feels light and fresh, despite such a large surface that is nearly black.

If you feel you overstepped, it’s reassuring to know that you can easily go back. With a can of paint, a glass or two of wine, and one afternoon, you’ll be back to your comfort zone.