One Dark Wall

I’m not going to tell you how to decorate with dark paint, just a simple post embracing the darker shades just because I love them.

I lean towards dark walls in my home, even to the point of painting wall and ceiling the same colour which gives a wonderful cocooning effect, if you have decent windows natural light bounces off the surfaces without making the room feel claustrophobic.

I think its a total myth that dark walls make a room feel small, it has the opposite effect in my house.  I’m not suggesting to paint every surface black by any means. A balance of light and shade is good, such as painting an entrance hall in a dark hue revealing a bright living space. It definitely draws the eye.

Places to get inspiration for going over to the dark side are Abigail Ahern and Rockett St George. They both use dark elements to amazing effect and show you how it can be done well.

Some of the best paint brands do exquisite dark tones, Cassandra Ellis new paint range is delicious with names like Bitter Chocolate and Ink.  My old favourites Farrow & Ball who I have used extensively throughout my home, the latest dark colour I have used is Blue Black which is deliciously inky.  Bauwerk Colour do some wonderfully rich shades with their unique limewash paint also I can’t forget Little Greene and their deep colour choices.

So my advice is if you are thinking about dark paint and are a little reluctant, don’t be; give it a go and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Start small and maybe paint one wall at first but I know once you start you won’t be able to stop.   Another thing to remember is it’s only paint; if you really don’t like it then get the brushes out and change it.

If you need a little more inspiration come and follow my dark pinterest board, so many ideas all in one place.

Now what can I paint next, I’ve got my eye on Off Black and maybe some more dark tiles for our bathroom when we get around to changing it!


Images 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14



Got to Go Green

Green, it’s definitely the time of year to be celebrating this versatile colour, the hedgerows and gardens are bursting with it and boy does it make you feel fresh and alive.

I know you are normally used to me promoting the more monochrome of colour palettes but I do have a soft spot for green as does the interior world too at the moment, the botanical trend doesn’t seem to be on the wane at all.

Whether you go all out with wild wallpapers and clashing junglesque soft furnishings or introduce a softer olive toned paint to refresh a wall, Farrow and Ball and Little Greene are good places to go, or cover your sofa in an emerald green velvet it’s totally up to you.

The answer may not be in decoration at all but bringing the outside in, filling a space with plants of varying shades and sizes.  Creating a little green haven all of your own in pots and containers rather than paints and fabrics.  If you aren’t too successful in keeping these green babies alive then take a look at Rose & Grey faux botanical range, you’d be hard pressed to kill any of these.  There are also some rather good books currently out to help you achieve this look.

I do like a deep green especially when used well for instance in a kitchen, pair it with a hint of warm copper or gold. Be sure you like strong schemes though, you may tire of this quickly, maybe, maybe not.  Rich deep hues bring a sense of grown-upness to a room don’t you think?

Adding a pale green tile to a bright bathroom works equally well, or paint to base of the bath in a vibrant verdigris, which is easily updated without huge expense  when you fancy a change.

Then again it may just come down to a new chair and a plus green cushion or  a fresh linen duvet set to transform your space, I dare say once you start adding these little touches you’ll get hooked and that paint brush won’t be far away from getting in on the action too.

Of course I have dedicated green inspired boards on pinterest, who doesn’t!

Images ~ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14



Lane ~ Twin Tone Fabulousness


Bold bright and brilliant are words to describe Lane. I’ve had difficulty finding a lampshade for Ruby’s room that shouts fun but is not childish; a classic design that makes her room feel more grown up.  She hasn’t had a main light in her room for a very long time which in winter time can be a bit of a pain, fumbling around for the bedside lamp switch in the dark.



Then when I came across Lane I had that light bulb moment excuse the pun!  Their twin tone shades are just superb,  streamlined, elegant, modern yet timeless design with that added bit of fun from the contrasting colour ways.  In collaboration with Little Greene Paint company, Lane carefully match colours from their extensive paint palette, screen printing the two sides to create a stylish product.



I’m also a huge fan of the whole ethos behind Lane and the values of the company.  All the paper used in making the pendant lampshades is entirely recyclable,  biodegradable and FSC accredited.  Made in England with a speciality paper maker in the Lake District.   The lampshades are then manufactured by artisan finishers in Nottingham and not an ounce of plastic is used in the production.



I choose Brighton & Mr David which fits with Ruby’s room scheme to perfection.  When lit it’s like having the sun shining on the ceiling, it makes me smile every time I walk in.   I also like colourful flex at the moment too so I decided to pair it with a bright yellow one from Olive & The Fox for another  added element of fun.


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The only fly in the ointment with having such a fabulous lampshade in Ruby’s room is that I didn’t take into consideration taking photographs.  It’s a rather small room that isn’t minimal by any stretch of the imagination so apologies for no big sweeping shots.



(This post is in collaboration with Lane who kindly gifted the twin tone lampshade)