If you follow me on Instagram, you’re quite possibly already bored shitless of the latest OneandSeventy makeover. In which case, you have my permission to skip this post and head straight to some of my favourite homemade bedroom accessories.
Still here? Good. Then let’s take a walk on the dark side.
Some might say it happened a long time ago but in decorating terms, OneandSeventy is actually quite late to the party. Dark interiors have been gathering momentum the last couple of years. So much so, that some bloggers I follow are already “over” dark walls and have moved on. But I still love a bit of dark and moody. It’s great to find a style that speaks to the witch in me AND appeals to Beloved.
No mean feat.
If you’ve been around these parts since the beginning, you’ll know this is round two of decorating the master bedroom. Curious really, when you consider there are rooms I haven’t even touched yet. The first big change was back in 2014 and it was ok, but I never really warmed to it as much as I thought I would.
I couldn’t figure out why I kept procrastinating about painting the bedroom furniture, even though every time I looked at it, I was desperate to obliterate all that pine. It wasn’t until I got seduced by dark interiors that I understood.
All the while I’d been planning to paint it white, it was destined to be black!
With gold skull knobs. Naturally.
It all started with the wardrobes.
That are still white.
4 years after we bought them, we were still living with those temporary canvas monstrosities that were long past their best. Beloved’s side in particular was about to collapse threatening to take half the bedroom with it, so it was time to invest in something a little more permanent. Enter Hygena Bergen from Argos – a bargainous £183 each in the sale.
Although ‘bargain’ wasn’t quite the word Beloved used when we spent a whole weekend building them.
***At the time of writing, they’ve reduced even further to an even more bargainous £175.99 for a small 2-door the same as ours. Typical!***
Before the wardrobes could be delivered, the walls had to be painted.
After seeing this photo, I made a snap decision to go dark in the bedroom and headed straight out to buy the paint – Valspar’s Premium Blend for Walls and Ceilings in Mid-Sheen, which the lovely man at B&Q colour-matched to Farrow & Ball’s “Off Black”.
And there I was. While the rest of the country was enjoying the hottest day of the year since the long, hot summer of 1976, I was sweating my tits off painting the bedroom.
And I didn’t so much as lose a sodding lb.
It may have been hot ‘n’ steamy work (not quite the kind one might assume in a bedroom!) but oh my, the end result was soooo good!
The dark walls are lushiousness personified!
Tut, tut… what were YOU thinking?
I must concede, I wasn’t immediately taken with the “Off Black” – it’s a lot more blue than the inspiration picture – but it’s grown on me. It works beautifully with the newly-painted pine and Dunelm’s new season Charm Floral teal bedding is just perfect. (It’s also sublimely comfortable to sleep under!)
Now that the boudoir has crossed to the dark side, there’s even room for a skull or two.
“But what about the white elephant in the room?”
Ah yes. That remaining white wall isn’t because I piked out of a full-scale shift to the dark side, it’s more the result of dodgy alcove sizes limiting our wardrobe choice. After extensive research, we discovered that unless we wanted to donate a kidney to pay for something bespoke, we had to go with what was available.
They may not be aesthetically ideal and in hindsight, I might have spray-painted the door handles black before the build but I have to say, the Hygena Bergens were a great choice; they really do make an enormous difference to organising and de-cluttering the room. And I LOVE having smooth sliding doors.
Between you and me, I don’t entirely dislike the white. OK, so the room isn’t completely dark but by complementing the white elsewhere, such as the lamp and the white in the gallery walls, it works.
Sometimes, you just have to go with substance first and work out the style later, right?
And let’s face it; if I wake up one morning and decide I hate that wall, those babies are a great big Suzy Homemaker canvas just waiting to be decorated!
With a couple of gallery walls, a handmade gold wall decal, and a fabulous gold flamingo from TK Maxx, we finally have a beautiful boudoir to be proud of. There are a couple more things I’d like to do, like moving in a mirror and buying a new rug, but that’s on the backburner for the moment.
We’ll say nothing about Suzy’s pennies going on Halloween.
With autumn just around the corner, thoughts are turning towards making our homes all nice and cosy for the colder months. I predict you’ll be seeing more and more dark rooms making it into High Street decor trends and that suits me just fine. Personally, I hope dark interiors are here to stay for a while. I’m all for Hygge with a touch of glamour! What do you think? Fancy a little jaunt to the dark side?
A hui hou,