Creating a dark bedroom colour scheme

Cherry

As many of my Instagram followers will know creating a dark bedroom was a huge leap of faith when I dared to make this colour choice.  Our bedroom has always been full of light because it is a south facing room.  However, it always felt like a little light box and so never felt like a restful place.

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These pictures show what the colour scheme looked like originally which was lovely and bright but felt rather cold and stark with it.

 

Colour choices

I’d read a lot about how dark colours can actually create warmth and that they give you that ‘just been hugged’ feeling.  Now that I have a dark bedroom, I really understand this.  When I first set out on my colour choice I wanted to make the bedroom feel more luxurious but an easier place to sleep in and unwind.  I really recommend trying a variety of colours as they look so different in different lights (day/night), according to the position of room (north/south etc) and light fixings.   The dark wall colour I selected was Hague Blue, I first of all painted it on a wooden board with a range of colours and then I tested it out on plaster to see if it looked how I imagined.  At this stage, I felt it looked quite cold but as soon as I placed my pink flowers in front of the plaster the room seemed to come alive.

 

 

This contrast of Blue and Pink confirmed to me that I had to have some pink on the walls too! I’ve always loved Antoinette Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan and so I knew her wall paint would look lovely in contrast to Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball.  For the skirting, I used Dix Blue as it is a favourite colour of mine and I took the advice off the Farrow and Ball Website which recommends it as a colour pop against Hague Blue.

Now the final paint choices were tricky, as I was unsure what colour to paint the picture rail but eventually I decided to use pink as I felt it would help enhance the ceiling height of our Victorian home by giving the impression of elongating the height of the ceiling.  Annie Sloan doesn’t make a trim paint so luckily I managed to get a perfect match to the paint by getting Valspar paint mixed at B&Q.

The floor had been carpeted but luckily we had decent original floorboards underneath.  I didn’t want to sand them as our bedroom has many mahogany pieces of furniture and I felt it would be too dark if the floorboards weren’t painted.  I wanted to create a little warmth with the floor so I opted for Farrow and Ball New White which is a slightly warmer white.

 

How to paint

Always start from the top of the room and work down and don’t cut costs with a cheap primer on floorboards, they are watery and have poor coverage.  Use masking tape/frog tape to create clean lines. If you want to transform your furniture in your new colour scheme chalk paint will create your desired look quickly but make sure you seal it with wax. Update your furniture by buying some new handles to give them a fresh look.

 

Dressing the bedroom

I love layering a bedroom with different fabrics and patterns,  using a range of old and new fabrics.  I’ve had many questions about the bedding picture here which was from Marks and Spencer which unfortunately they no longer sell. I also own some gorgeous relaxed linen bedding from Heals which are great with a family as their is no need to iron and they come in a range of colours and help create a beautiful vintage feel.

Suppliers

Below are a list of the suppliers I used to help create our bedroom look:

Bedding – Marks and Spencer and Heals.

Rugs – Pink rug from H&M (pictured) and cream rug from Cox and Cox.

Paint – Wall Paint – Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball, Floor Paint –New White by Farrow and Wall, Skirting – Dix Blue by Farrow and Ball, Pink Paint above picture rail – Annie Sloan Antoinette Wall Paint and Picture rail wood paint coloured matched by Valspar (B&Q).

Lights – Main chandelier from Marks and Spencer and other lighting supplies from Lights and Lighting Direct.

Cushions – Pink pom-pom cushion by Country Abodes, Other bed cushions by B&Q.

Handles on furniture –  Handles for doors and More Handles.

Bed – Marks and Spencer.

 

 

 

 

Our Painted stairs and Hallway

Cherry

To update your entrance hall why not try injecting some colour using some floor paint?

We were inspired by these images to remove our out of date carpet in our Victorian home.

First we had the task of removing the old blue carpet which was dark and oppressive.  Once it was gone the hallway instantly looked lighter.  We then filled in any major holes with wood filler but didn’t fill in too much as the dents in the floor demonstrate that you have genuine Victorian floorboards and give your house some character.  Our floorboards were clean apart from the residue of lead paint up the stairs. When speaking to a floorboard cleaning specialist he informed us it is better not to remove lead paint (due to being toxic!) so instead we made sure we primed the floor with three layers of floor paint primer.

Next step was to paint the insteps of the stairs in New White and Teresa’s Green for the risers. The rest of the wood work and the walls of the hallway were painted in Wimborne White and Elephant’s Breath.  All of the paints mentioned were purchased from Farrow and Ball. We decided to pay the extra for Farrow and Ball paints as they sit beautifully on the walls in a period property and are low or minimal in VOC – great for homes with children in them! Another point to make is you can use their site to read about which colours compliment each other and colours to suit the direction that the room faces.  All very helpful reading material!

Make sure you use good quality brushes such as Harris brushes, as you do not want brush hairs falling out onto your floor paint.  Another tip is to be well stocked up with White Spirit as this is no quick job and involves a lot of washing of the brushes!

Our finished stairs and hallway are pictured below and as you can see all the hours were definitely worth it!

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