My love of grey paint is not entirely news to you, but recently I have been thinking of taking it a step further.
This is my sitting room as photographed recently for the made.com/unboxed platform. The walls are painted in Farrow & Balls’s Downpipe as are the library shelves at the other end of the room and, indeed, the shelves in the kitchen (you can see all those rooms by clicking the link above.
But I am finding myself drawn to its darker cousin – black. I have written before about the stunning effect that black windows and black doors can have on a property. But now I think it’s time for the walls.
Consider adding accents of black paint throughout your home. It doesn’t make the room dark and dingy. On the contrary it brings in a sense of warmth to a space and helps to define it.
Pair it with soft brass or hammered gold, an old rug and the odd houseplant (yes plants are back) and the effect is simple, stunning and dramatic.
Take a look at some of these and see what you think. You’ll notice that in many cases the other common denominator is a large, lush houseplant.
They are taken by Lincoln Barbour for Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. I found her website a few weeks ago and am drawn to nearly all her projects. Do visit her website to see what else she has done.
The team is based in Portland, Oregon but has worked in New York, San Francisco and Alaska.
However, if the thought of black walls makes you feel a little nervous, take a look at the kitchen below. There are just a couple of black accents to anchor the scheme.
I’m definitely coveting a gold velvet sofa now. And look how great a whole wall of metro tiles is.
If you look very closely and you’ll see that the pans are hanging on a wonderful brass rail. Details people details. Touch points and eye level. Remember that if nothing else.
To see more black walls and details visit my Pinterest Board