Now I’m not saying that the fashion for dark interiors is over. But I am going to say that its dominance is perhaps beginning to wane. That it’s having to move over to make room for its lighter cousin. Suddenly I feel like I’m seeing lots of light walls and warm colours and it looks great.
Lying awake at 4am the other morning after the cat jumped on my chest (and, once she had ascertained that I was awake, left just as suddenly as she had arrived) I started to ponder if this would affect my decorating choices and came to the conclusion that, at this stage, it won’t. But that I like looking at these lighter, pretty rooms.
My sitting room has been dark for over six years now and I am completely wedded to its current shade of chocolate brown. But it has pale floors and a white ceiling and faces south so it’s naturally a very light room. Would I paint it light? Not at the moment.
But two of the biggest instagrammers are doing just that – Lisa Dawson and The Kate Edit, the latter was known for her dark interiors and strings of fairy lights before she closed her account and reopened it with a change of feel.
So this week I thought we would look at some gorgeous pale rooms and see what we thought. Basically there’s room for everything, so if you have just painted grey or black or decided that you had finally plucked up the courage to go dark then don’t panic.
This blog, and its book, and, indeed these regular Monday posts, are about showing you what’s out there so you can find your own style and work out what makes you happy in your home. It’s not about a set of rules but about hopefully helping you to find your own style and be aware of the possibilities and ideas that are out there.
But the basic principles of using colour will still apply. If you have a small dark room, it can make sense to paint it dark and embrace what the builder, and the mortgaging bank, gave you. If you have a large, light room then there are those who will advise you to keep it that way. And the other half who will tell you to go dark because the room can take it.
And then there’s the halfway house with the half-painted wall. Or the mix of dark and light rooms, which is where I have ended up.
There is one thing to note though. If you have a dark room then that is the first thing you will notice. The second may be how pictures on the wall stand out more how the colours will pop against the dark background. But in a pale room you will have to work harder for the same effect. You will need to layer lots of different textures and textiles to bring the drama and interest.
It was also interesting to visit the home of Abigail Ahern last week whose rooms are all resolutely dark from floor to ceiling. She would say that it has nothing to do with fashion – she is vehemently against the idea of a trends – but says she has found her perfect style and is sticking to it.
So look at these pictures. Work out what you love and loathe and see if you can find your own style. At that point fashions can come and go and you can be free to add a little bit of what you fancy and ignore the rest because you will know how you want your space to look.