When we first moved into our London terrace house, the amount of work to be done was so extensive that my gut reaction was to fix the problems and decorate in mostly white. We were in a state of ‘decision’ overload! Once the level of work didn’t feel so overwhelming, I began to feel that the rooms needed colour. So I took the plunge and painted our TV room in a rich dark colour. If you haven’t already done so, you can see this little room in my ‘A Snuggly Snug’ blog.
Painting this room was just the beginning – I now wanted moody dark colours everywhere! Dark colours create warmth and cosiness in winter and in summer, a cool place to hide away from the heat…a win, win situation. Initially the lounge had been painted in Crown Beige White, which has been my favourite light paint colour for years now but I just wanted a different look.
So the transformation began. Once again, Valspar Empirical Grey was the chosen colour. In this room, I did the skirting boards, door and walls in the same colour. Unlike the our guest bedroom, I didn’t paint the coving. Painting the coving is great if you want the room to feel taller, but on the flip side, it makes the floor space seem ever so slightly smaller.
In my opinion, one thing that makes this room a bigger success above the other dark rooms I have decorated, is having a close match between the paint colour and the curtains – the walls, doors, windows all blend in to one another giving the furniture and decorative objects a greater chance to stand out.
Just like every other room in our home, this one has its fair share of bargains and handmade touches too.
You might be able to tell I have a penchant for birds. I give myself strict orders not to put any more birds up but they always call to me 😉 I grew up with over three hundred birds singing in a huge aviary outside my bedroom window so I guess it was to be expected.
Everything continues to evolve and change and it won’t be long until this room goes through another change. As I tip-tap away on this keyboard, my grandparent’s sofas are sailing their way towards us and will have a home here in this room. Edna and Ossie bought these couches shortly after my dad was born in 1942. They were a cherished possession and I am going to continue to cherish them. They are going to create quite a design challenge for me though. They are yellow velvet and I am only just starting to embrace teeny tiny touches of yellow which these couches are not!
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