Keeping it quiet here today as there is a riot of tinsel and trees over on instagram and some of us aren’t ready yet or you might just want a space where you can come in, shut the door and take a deep breath. Everything seems to have been thrown up in the air again so come an join me over here in the quiet cupboard and we can do some deep breathing and drop those shoulders.
First up is this gorgeous corner by Atelier Ellis painted in her Sadhika, which she describes as where yellow becomes golden. I have been looking at this picture all week and I love its simplicity. It is, for me, a very restful picture.
Below we’re going to ramp it up a little by intensifying both colours so the pink is pinker and the yellow more vibrant but I’m still enjoying the strong lines and colour blocking. The dark bannister rail takes the eye to the picture on the wall and the colours contrast perfectly. There is an understandable tendency to choose artwork to go with the decor when it should, ideally, be the other way round (pick the art you love and decorate to enhance it) but this also shows the power of contrast.
Keeping the pink and replacing the yellow with green and this is another room I can drink in, apart from the fact that I’m desperate to reach in and shut the door to make it even calmer. My instinct would have been to paint the ceiling in the darker red from the floor to bring out the pale pink of the walls but I always admire a contrast when I see it and this soft olivey green is lovely. Am wondering if 2022 is the year I paint all my ceilings….
Diving over to the dark side now and this is a shop but, again, it takes some of the colours from the image above and deepens and darkens them. The chocolate brown walls are like my own sitting room and the pink lamp brings warmth and tonal contrast to the space. Every room loves a stripe and even the primary splash of the candles and the blue cushions wakes the whole thing up. If you are going to decorate tonally, as I usually, you will need a dash of a contrasting colour to wake the whole room up a little. Think of it as the squeeze of lemon over the dish. Fine, even very good without, but on a whole new level with.
Finally, pantries are the new en suites – where once we in the UK aspired to a second bathroom and even and en suite this has now become more commonplace and it’s all about pantries. I’d love to see the floorplan to see how this was added given that it has a window and a door to the garden – I suspect not many houses could copy this layout but the colour scheme, the gingham curtains and the open shelves are just gorgeous. The Husband would issue the Marital Veto quicker than I can type cupboard curtains but we can dream…
And, even if you are’t ready for Christmas, this time of year is all about the dreaming.