It’s Monday so it must be time for 10 Beautiful Rooms and this week we’re starting off with this gorgeous green dining room from Pip’s Home, who you should all immediately follow on Instagram for pictures of her lovely house.
According to Pinterest searches for this lovely soft shade were up 170 per cent last year and it’s a fabulous colour that will go with more than you think – including the pinks through to terracotta, dark greys and it’s the perfect foil to black and white with lots of wood as you can see here.
Next up a drop of pale pink as seen on SHNordic. The trend setters can talk down blush pink as much as they like. It’s another great neutral that works with everything and I don’t see it going anywhere soon. Basically if you were thinking of white as your neutral then consider pale dirty pink or green instead. As long as these pale colours have a dollop of grey in them they won’t be too sugary and will make for a more interesting backdrop to your artwork and furniture.
Mind you, you can’t go wrong with the classic black, white and wood combination can you. I love how she has fixed her woodburning stove to the wall. I’ve got a wall. In a cold room. I wonder if that would be possible.
A few kitchens now because who doesn’t dream of the perfect kitchen? Starting with Naked’s natural wood and soft grey. The grain on the doors is just wonderful and you could paint the units in any colour you like if you tired of the grey and it would still work.
Or this mid-grey Shaker kitchen from Devol. It’s the dark floor and window seat that drew me in here and the grey cupboards are the perfect foil for the natural dark of the wood and the table.
But then there’s always the lure of dark green. The beauty of this Plain English kitchen is that the walls have been painted as well. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to do that although there’s no doubt it’s stunning look. If my kitchen had the table in the middle rather than being at one end of a long north-facing room, I would definitely consider it. In my house, where the kitchen is long and thin it risks looking like a tunnel.
But when you have a large, well-lit room it’s also great to keep it light and bright but bring in dark colours as accents. The black windows frame the view and provide a full stop at the end. The blue cupboards bring definition to the space. If it was all white it might look a bit empty and soulless.
And here is a similar room with a few more colours filled in – a dark floor and darker cupboards. Its like someone took the blue kitchen above and coloured it in a bit more. Which one do you like best?
Mind you, leaving kitchens for now, what about this bathroom, which is in the same house as the kitchen above? Grey walls and green plants with brass accessories and some painted white brick for texture. That’s going straight on the pinterest board.
And finally finishing up where we came with a shot of green – more olive than sage here but no less restful for that. This is how white walls can work – add some wood for warmth and lots of different textures – the shaggy rug, the leather sofa, the plastic chair, a mirror and those patterned cushions.
Right so you can all go off to work now I might just sit here a while longer with a cup of coffee and contemplate these calm spaces.