Never never never would I have thought to paint the ceiling of a pale pink room in pale blue, but the the other day I was lying on our bed in our pale pink bedroom looking out of the window of the blue sky and thinking how pretty it was and then this turned up on my instagram feed.
And it’s all about the details so the pale pink walls and the darker pink curtain in the room behind which are highlighted by the rich wood tones. But then the pale blue/soft grey sofa also draws the eye and links to the ceiling. This is a masterclass in linking rooms and spaces. And never never never will The Mad Husband agree to this as an idea.
But look how the colours continue into another part of her home in Germany. These gorgeous floor tiles and the pale blue light (look for Panton flowerpot) over the table. A scheme of pale pastels like this could so easily have a childish playroom feel, but this is cool and clever as the pale background sets off the vintage furniture with its richer tones.
And if you have boring tiles that would be hard work to rip up and replace then consider painting them. This was done by the brilliant stylist Marianne Cotterill for Annie Sloan and I wrote a post about her tips for painting tiles a few months ago.
Talking of tiles, Topps have just announced their tile of the year 2021 (tis the season…) and this year it’s a beautiful bronze metro tile which is just gorgeous. They have chosen this colour as the lead one (and imagine how pretty it would be against a pale pink wall) but it also comes in ochre, forest, liquorice, ink and antique white. I have been talking for years about how I need to redo the shower room and never quite found the thing I fancy. This might be the one. And make sure you look at how they have used the same tile laid in different ways in the same room.
We’ll end with this mix of pretty tiles and a painted ceiling to bring us sort of back to where we came in. This bathroom feels so luxurious and while many people prefer a separate shower there isn’t always the space but by adding bath that is almost free-standing and fixed at one end, the effect is much more luxurious and persuades the eye that the space is bigger because the bath isn’t fully built in. Painting the ceiling and walls to match also creates a lovely wrap around feel.
I am about to wallpaper a ceiling as once again we are playing bedroom tetris in this house which means I have a new space to decorate. I’ll keep you posted.