Monday, 1 April 2013

April inspiration

It's that time of year when all the blogs and magazines run a 'Spring Special' mainly full of bright greens and fresh yellows to get us in the mood for lighter days and warmer weather. While I do find these inspiring, green and yellow really aren't my colours and so those of us who want more than white on white (the other overriding theme at the moment) but don't want bright colours either, may be left wanting. As those of you who read this blog (and indeed know me in the real world) will know, I'm not a fan of colour. It scares me to be honest. I don't wear it and I don't have it in my home. However, since reading Abigail Ahern's book (see my last post) all I can think about is painting a wall in a dark inky blue but I guess the thought first entered my head when I got a mail out from Farrow & Ball featuring this seasons new colour combinations. 

I can safely say it's been well over 10 years since I had anything on my walls that wasn't black, grey, beige or white so this is all a bit of surprise for me but I plan on painting one of the living rooms walls in the gorgeous Hague Blue from Farrow & Ball and below are the things I'm currently coveting to go with it...

1. Peony bulb in white, £10.50 per stem Atelier Abigail Aherne It may be a bit pricey to fill a whole vase, but they are the best fake flowers on the market and you could just use a couple in a small vase. Perfect for adding some glamour to a bedside table or in the centre of a dining table.
2. Hague Blue Estate Emulsion 2.5l £34.50 Farrow & Ball (although Homebase also stocks it) The perfect inky hue in a chalky finish. Choose Modern Emulsion if you're paining in high traffic areas like hallways.
3. Cornforth White Estate Emulsion 2.5l £34.50 Farrow & Ball is a grey-ish white perfect for offsetting Hague Blue. It's neutrality should meet with landlords approval, so you may only have to offer to paint out the feature wall when you leave.
4. Light Grey Panelled Wallpaper £45 Graham & Green I like the idea of adding some period features via wallpaper, or wallpapering a hinged screen if you can't put it on the walls.
5. Metallic Knitted Cushion Cover £14.99 H&M Home It's also available in silver but you can't beat this coppery brown colour for drama.
6. Black & Gold Hammered Metal Bowl £12 Rockett St George I adore this little bowl and it looks far more expensive that it is. Perfect for holding a candle or jewellery or just on it's own.
7. Willy Dessert Set, Plate £7.99, Cup & Saucer £8.99 Zara Home Perfect for coffee and toast at breakfast or an indulgent afternoon tea & cake this pretty yet bold set should be proudly displayed, not hidden away in a cupboard.
8. Unscented Black Candle £3.99 H&M Home It may be unscented but it looks great, both opulent and utilitarian at the same time. Buy a few and group the together for maximum impact.
9. Fisheye Convex Mirror £65 Rose & Grey An opulent looking mirror at a reasonable price.
10. Yves Table Lamp £75 (base & shade sold separately) Habitat. The shade can also be used as a ceiling shade so you can change it up later.

Dark walls may not be to everyones taste but if you do like them, don't hold back and forget the old adage about dark colours in small rooms, one bold wall in any size room will work to add drama and warmth. 

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