Accenting your furniture and paint are the two main elements to room decor. They are the largest part of the decorating scheme and the most visible. Choosing a color to match dark furniture offers several options. Having an idea of the atmosphere you want to create is the first step; from there you can follow some easy steps to make the wall color you choose snap your furniture to life.
A monochromatic theme is a color scheme that uses one or two primary colors but with varying shades. An example of this theme with dark furniture is Mahogany wood. If the furniture is a deep mahogany, the walls can be the same color, but two shades lighter for contrast. The trim could be a shade darker than the furniture in the same shade to continue the theme. There should be some accent color in a complementary shade such as cream to offset the depth of the color scheme but keep these minimal. The main focus would be on having the mahogany theme with lighter and darker variations.
If you wish a heavy contrast to the decorating theme choose a complementary color scheme. Complementary means colors that are on opposite ends of the spectrum but enhance each other. For instance ebony furniture with white walls, deep brown oak furniture with cream color walls. Another possibility in the more extreme range would be dark furniture such as a red or blue upholstery, and choose something such as a lemon yellow for the walls to make the colors pop.
Dark furniture is always a dramatic focal point. To downplay this use neutral tones on the walls. This can give a relaxed and yet more elegant feel to the room. If the furniture is black, taupe or tan in a cool tone makes a good wall color, with off white for the trim. Deep brown furniture colors do well with soft beige or off white for wall colors. If your furniture is bold such as a deep plum, use a soft gold to play up the furniture without making the color scheme loud.