Do not fear painting a room dark. Dark tones aren’t always a bad decision, and can actually be quite calming. Eggplant, navy, and chocolate brown are all nice alternative colors if black is too dramatic for you.
Afraid that a dark color is going to make the room feel smaller? Try painting the ceiling a tone that is half the strength of the walls. This allows your eye to travel upward without a heavy contrast making the room feel taller and not so closed in.
If you need help selecting a color pallet that works for your space. Contact me to set up a paint consultation.