Now before we start: a word on the virus. I feel that you come here for escapism, for home decorating advice and chat, and to see things you might want for your own homes and to be inspired. I also feel that for some of you right now that will feel inappropriate and wrong. I’m not a scientist or a doctor so I’m not bringing my opinions on what is happening to this space, but I completely understand that many of you will not want to visit during this time as you might find it trivial. And just because I choose not to discuss it doesn’t mean I don’t think about it – I’m a journalist aka an information sponge. However, I am also aware that if we’re going to be spending more time at home then we need to find things we can do and read and learn to pass the time. In addition, many of you are older and may enjoy this as a place to hang out and chat about lovely things that aren’t scary. And, let’s be honest, if we’re going to be in more then maybe now’s the time to sort out that cupboard or repaint that room… so for those of you that continue to visit, how about we really get into the comments? Let’s check on each other’s health and chat and look after each other’s mental health and well-being while feeling calmed and inspired by the art of the home. Some of you will live alone and some of you will live with people who couldn’t give a monkey’s about the colour of the walls (I mean really?) so here is that space. Be kind, be nice and let’s look out for each other.
Onwards: I wanted, this week, to look at some deeply colour saturated rooms. While I may not use lots of different shades in one room – tending to variations of around three with an occasional fourth thrown in – that’s not to say that I don’t love deeply colour soaked rooms. And here are some that I found this week.
I love this soft green – try Green Smoke by Farrow & Ball for something similar – and while it’s an unusual space you can see how painting the window and the alcove all the same shade has made the space feel calmer and more unified and perhaps larger (we can’t see the rest of the room to be sure about that). And who doesn’t love a window seat? I haven’t seen the new Little Women film and only read it once years ago but I remember (and it’s possible I have misremembered) a scene where Jo takes a handful of apples and a book and goes up into the attic to read in peace and quiet. It’s pretty much the only thing I remember about the book but it has always stayed with me and a window seat is one of my fantasy home dreams. Do share yours below.
Note also that this room has a simple colour palette but look at the different textures – leather sofa, velvet chairs, cushions with flowers, stripes and damask style patterns. The square pouffes next to the round tables. These are all things you can be looking at in your own homes at the moment and seeing what works and what you might be able to move around from other rooms to change things around or improve the spaces.
Staying with green and this gorgeous room, again not many colours, but look how the emerald green bedside chest looks so wonderful against the paler green wall. This is a look I love and also one that you can recreate if you have, or buy, an old pine table or piece of furniture from Ikea that isn’t so special you need to keep it. I wrote about painting furniture here if you have a bit more time to hang around. I have used a similar colour blocking style in my sitting room where the chocolate brown sofa matches the walls but for those of you who prefer paler walls then consider making the sofa the bolder version of the wall colour. It will look amazing.
Above is a room that is again only three colours but they are all contrasting. I’m guessing that most people would have done the wallpaper and the furniture and left the ceiling white and I appreciate that there is white in the wallpaper but look how much better it is with the gold emphasised instead. And you could have done this with either a matching yellow – try Yellow Pink from Little Greene (shown on this link with dark grey and a hint of white as well) or even a full on metallic gold – this is the one on my office ceiling from Mylands.
Staying with grey I just found this room really joyful with its candy pink table (again you could paint a table) and the yellow accents round the edge of the screens and on the table. Angela makes these ribbons from wood and paints them although her site doesn’t seem to be working for now but you might be able to contact her if you wanted one. Here’s another one hung in a different direction on a paler wall.
Back to the colour and this is still mostly grey and pink although it’s so different from the first one. This has everything I like in a room – vintage furniture, a Persian rug – just look at those colours – and deep dark walls. But I love how the painted cabinet lightens the space as does the nude in the painting and yes there is, of course, a massive window. These are all things you have to consider if you want to paint a room dark but again, with just three colours, this is a gorgeous room and I’d quite like to steal the rug. The dog’s nice too.
And finally, more pink but paler this time, more grey – in the form of marble and picture frames- so it’s the other way round in terms of colour ratio. Here the third colour is wood – in the room – and that glimpse of green on the door outside, picked up in the flowers on the table, which I appreciate you might not have all the time but you could put a plant there.
This apartment has now been sold but you can see more of it here.
Now I don’t know about you but I love all this week’s rooms. What about you? Anyone inspired to make changes?