This week’s selection of 10 Beautiful Rooms are mostly from the light and airy end of the spectrum. I think the long dark days of February have finally got to me and I am craving sun and space. My own house is a mix of dark and light rooms and that works for me – a dark sitting room where I spend the evenings, a light kitchen for the days. But there was something in all of these spaces that called to me this week and I hope you will like them.
They are all from the fantastic agency Light Locations which means they are all real spaces that are lived in by real people even if they have been tidied up for the photographer. I had an inquiry about using The Mad House for a shoot last week. I do it from time to time but this one did amuse me: “Will the sitting room be furnished?”
I mean, er, yes, hello. It’s my sitting room. You think we sit on the floor when people aren’t photographing their products in it? Anyway, we’ll see if it comes off – I’ll keep you posted.
Before we slide past this bathroom though do you love it? My guess is it’s Pigeon by Farrow and Ball and it looks so perfect with white. I had a client whose spare room was painted in these scheme and it worked perfectly. She was going to turn it into a nursery so we softened it with some white cloud motifs and reckoned it would work really well with accents of either blush pink, cobalt blue or soft yellow. It’s a gorgeous colour and I probably need to build an extra room so I can use it.
One dark one for you this week and that’s because I remain convinced that nothing shows of a shelf – or seventeen – of books better than a dark background. For the record, I’m not entirely sure about putting shelving all around the door but I get that it’s a great space-saving idea. I think perhaps I would have painted the doors in grey to match so that the whole thing appeared a little more seamless.
But let’s skip on over to some light and bright rooms now. I could hang out in this kitchen quite happily drinking coffee all morning. The black legs on the stool just bring in some definition and while I’m not a huge fan of copper they work really well in this room.
And what about this? I would never have thought of a pink kitchen but I love it. Obviously this is tricky for most of us as it’s a rather unfitted kitchen in an enormous room that clearly started out as a sitting room but even if you don’t have a large empty room like this and are in need of a kitchen (a niche group of people if ever there was one) then consider, at least, the colours.
I’m also starting to see a lot more kitchen islands on legs. It’s great if you can find enough storage elsewhere as it does make the room look a lot bigger and also less kitchen-like. Which I know may be a pointless thing to say as it is a kitchen after all but I have always rather liked that look of a bathroom with a fireplace in it, a grand room where you can cook rather than that sleek modern fitted version.
But, in the end, it does come to down to finding space to store stuff elsewhere. Even, in my case the oven, which is in my island. And I do sometimes think the island looks like a massive tank sailing across the kitchen floor. Having legs and a bit of air around it would make a huge difference.
Another lovely bathroom for you. My neighbours have just installed these Zellige tiles in their bathroom. They cost a fortune but the sides are angled so you don’t see the glue/grout. Looks amazing doesn’t it? And also grout gets so grubby so fast that this might actually be one of those investments it’s worth making. Those taps are heavenly too. Also cost a fortune. They would definitely make my heart sing every day but I’m not sure it’s an expense I could ever justify.
More table islands and a wall of metro tiles which is another idea that works perfectly as it mixes with the vintage style cupboards. The dark grout also solves that problem before it starts.
And look at this fabulous open plan space. The dark pendant lights over the table give that area definition and I imagine the view from the windows is lovely.
Here is it. If anybody wants me I shall be here for the rest of the day/month/year. In my head that is. I would love to create a space like this wouldn’t you?
Have a lovely Monday everyone.