And so we reach July and I have been taken by a meme which keeps popping up on Instagram which reads thus: “Dear July, I don’t want any trouble from you, just come in, sit down, don’t touch anything and keep your mouth shut”. And I really can’t think of anything more apt at the moment. I fear July may have other plans for us but let’s see how it goes. In the meantime, let’s just quietly have a look at these lovely spaces and try not to draw attention to ourselves.
First up this room at the Blue Mountain School in London’s East End, a collaborative space of retail, exhibition, guest rooms and interactions between different and diverse practices. At first sight this is a punchy choice for a room but I find I can’t stop looking at it. Perhaps it needs the panelling otherwise it might be a little flat but it does feel very calming and quiet and who doesn’t fancy a bit of that at the moment?
This green office by Whitney Clappe, aka @carpendaughter, has a similarly restful feel and the key, as above is not picking out the woodwork in a contrasting colour but letting the same colour, whatever it may be, to flow over the whole space. I’m going to guess the back of the door matches so that when it’s closed it’s just like a continuation of the wall panelling.
Or you can do something different and introduce a little flash of colour. This orange stripe leads the eye up the stairs and just zips up this classic grey and white paint combination. If you’re nervous of bright colours or of adding a strong colour to a wall for fear that you might tire of it then this is a cool thing to do. It’s just a tiny flash – think of it as a contrasting lining on a suit or a pair of amazing earrings with a black dress. It will surely cheer you up every time you see it. And you can emphasis it or not with a piece of furniture like this orange chair (I mean yes who has room for a chair in their hall but you know a picture on the wall or something).
Returned to the all enveloping colour and this pink bedroom by Lou @Fig_tart in France, is just calm and restful while still being warm and bold. Painting a sloping ceiling the same as the walls will make the whole space feel bigger and solves a commonly posed question in attic bedrooms: where does the wall stop and the ceiling start? Answer: find a colour that covers both and it doesn’t matter.
Finishing with a riot of colour with the library at the Kip’s Bay Decorator Show House in NYC, decorated by Corey Damen Jenkins, and you can read about his inspiration here. From the Cole & Son wallpapered ceiling to the pink walls and orange and green furnishings I adore everything about this room and I have just realised that while I have been dreaming of a wallpapered ceiling for some months I hadn’t worked out which room it should be in…. hello library with the very high ceiling (see the first picture on this post – not that you can see the ceiling but this is the room) now I must leave you – there are words to be had with The Mad Husband. Thanks for the inspo Corey.