Morning to you all. I can’t believe another year is nearly over although I have been basically asleep for the last two weeks so have definitely missed a chunk of time there. Anyway we’re starting pale and interesting this week and finishing dark and mysterious.
I thought you might enjoy some peaceful rooms as this time of year can often be such a riot of colour and glitz that sometimes it’s nice just to rest one’s eyes on a peaceful space.
The other thing I liked about these rooms is just the subtle hint of greenery in many of them which just gives you an idea how easy it would be to dress them for the holidays without having to indulge in a riot of red and gold.
Now I’m not anti Christmas decoration at all (although I do have slight militant tendencies when it comes to the colours) but I’m firmly of the Chrissie Rucker school of thought. The founder of The White Company once told me that she lived mostly among white (as the company name suggests) because she didn’t find strong colours restful.
I feel similarly. While I don’t live in a world of white and my house is more dark grey than pale I can’t sit in a room full of lots of colours without feeling agitated. I prefer a monochrome palette with a splash of colour and I love decorations to be mostly natural – lots of green with flashes of gold or silver and perhaps one other colour.
Most of these rooms are decorated like that and I guess that’s why I like them. They all feel inherently restful and comfortable but note the splashes of teal in the higher picture and the blush pink in the rooms below.
All of these rooms would look amazing with a tall, dark (handsome) Christmas tree and lots of white fairy lights for atmosphere and of course, if one was lucky enough, an open fire.
I included this room because I wanted you to look at wallpapering all four walls rather than just a feature wall. You might not want to do it in a sitting room where you might spend several hours at a time but in a bedroom – where many of those hours are spent with your eyes shut – it can look fabulous. It adds to the cocooning effect that a bedroom should have basically. And I should know as I have spend quite a lot of time in mine recently what with this winter flu bug that has been stalking me. I think I have just about seen it off now though.
For our last two rooms we’re moving along the grey scale from mid to dark. The room above is like a painting and the one below looks perfect with green. However, you like to decorate this season, I wish you all well and happy this Christmas and give you all lots of love and good thoughts for the year ahead.
How do you decorate? A riot of colour or a peaceful haven amid the madness?