Phew! It’s been a busy couple of days, choosing external paint colours for a client’s house, moving furniture in and out and styling another property that’s about to be put on the market, and chasing up furniture, fabrics and wallpapers for various other projects. My client and I have also been finalising lighting, paint and other finishes (and thinking ahead of course to furniture!) for a major renovation project that I’m working on, which currently looks like this (it’s going to be amazing when it’s finished):
..and dragging around my sick 6 year-old through most of it. It’s been one of those weeks! Challenging, but still fun.
On another note, I’m loving this simple but gorgeous dark brown and white bedroom. The geometric carpet and pillows really shine against the whites and the dark walls. Love those lamps too!
I am a big fan of dark-walled rooms. Especially for tv rooms and studies. And bedrooms. I think dark walls can help to make white or light coloured furniture and architectural details look so much better. Don’t these rooms give you that feeling of being enveloped?
White is usually the preferred wall colour in open-plan kitchen/living rooms just because there are so many walls to cover, and if you don’t like the darker colour it’s a hard mistake to reverse. But I love this room (above)! The dark grey/brown walls combined with the lighting, tall windows with sheers curtains, dark floors and accents of chrome make it really glamorous and sophisticated.
Darker textured wallpaper can have a similar effect (above). I think the white sofa and black side tables look so much better against the darker seagrass wallpaper than they would against plain white. It also helps to tie the cushions and the artwork together, creating a sort of textured, natural theme.
This moody dark brown is perfect for an elegant formal living room (above).
There is nothing more appealing in a house in my book than internal views through rooms to spaces beyond. The dark grey bookshelves in the distance make a beautiful focal point at the end of this hallway (above).
I’ve had this dining room saved for quite awhile- the style might be a little too ‘country’ for my tastes, but I just love the wall colour paired with linen upholstery and the timbers in this room. And I love round dining tables – so much friendlier than rectangular ones!