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10 Beautiful Rooms

19th December 2016
styled by lotta agaton for hmss17

styled by lotta agaton for hmss17 photo by Pia Ulin

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.

photo pia ulin, styled by lotta agaton for hmss17

photo pia ulin, styled by lotta agaton for hm ss17

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.

teal velvet and wooden floors via entrance maklieri.se

image by anders bergstedt teal velvet and wooden floors via entrance maklieri.se

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.

pale grey walls and vintage wooden table via entrance makleri photo by anders bergstedt

pale grey walls and vintage wooden table via entrance makleri photo by anders bergstedt

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.

dark grey sofa with blush pink cushions photo by anders bergstedt

dark grey sofa with blush pink cushions photo by anders bergstedt

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.

pale walls and a blush sofa via alvhem.com

pale walls and a blush sofa via alvhem.com

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.

wallpaper bedroom via alvhem.com

wallpaper bedroom via alvhem.com

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.

grey room styled by lotta agaton

grey room styled by lotta agaton

How do you decorate? A riot of colour or a peaceful haven amid the madness?

dark walls styled by lotta agaton

dark walls styled by lotta agaton

 

 

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  • Germarie Bruwer 22nd December 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Glad you are feeling better Kate. Lovely inspirations as usual in the blog, thank you and have a beautiful Christmas!

  • Jude 19th December 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Glad the dreaded lurgy has left you Kate, I had a fairly mild cold/cough that hung on far longer than colds need to or should do back in November, nothing like flu, but I felt totally lethargic for a while. Thanks for your lovely blog, I am a recent follower as we only moved into our house in April from a rental and I am determined to add some style to it. I’m a huge fan of grey 🙂 And thanks to you the proud owner of three lovely NORR11 dining chairs – they are SO comfy!
    Enjoy your Christmas however you celebrate it, we are usually low-key and I am not a fan of mass commercialism, but this year the grandchildren are visiting so we have had to dig out the decorations. I am thinking of creating my own traditions for the future!!

  • Janet Whincup 19th December 2016 at 9:48 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling better too. I had something similar over a month ago that has slowly gone away and then on Friday all my face has swollen and a huge two headed spot made it’s appearance. Such is life.
    I love today’s blog the photos are inspiring and yes, I agree too much colour isn’t restful. I’ve learned so much from following you and have applied it to our recent redorations.
    New dark coloured “leno mouse by ROM” suite arrives in Feb and new “darker then we have now” carpet is being fitted early Jan. I can’t wait to see it all installed.

  • Fiona Duke 19th December 2016 at 8:29 am

    glad you’re feeling better Kate.
    thank you for another great year of ‘Mad About’
    have a lovely Christmas x

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