When we moved house in April 2014, we didn’t immediately start decorating. We wanted to wait a while to get a feel for how we’d actually ‘live’ in the space (sounds a bit twattish, but truly very helpful in hindsight) and the stress of the moving process doesn’t exactly make you want to start spending spare weekends at Homebase. Nothing would make me want to start spending spare weekends at Homebase.
So we plodded along hanging a few pictures and vaguely caring about sofas, but agreed to not actually start arguing about paint charts until the wedding rings were on our fingers.
But when we returned from honeymoon in November, one of our guest bedrooms was soaking wet. LOL! Suddenly living in a penthouse was less “ooooh snazzy” and more “oh right so how do you actually fix a hole in the roof when it’s ten storeys high?”. Turns out the answer is sexy Bond villain-esque abseilers who hang out of your windows wielding gaffa tape, but that’s not even the exciting bit. THE EXCITING BIT WAS THAT WE COULD GET THE INSURERS TO PAY FOR US TO RE-DECORATE.
Of course the hassle of watching your ceiling bulge with water (during winter, when it is raining 24/7) isn’t actually that amusing and I’d still rather it hadn’t happened, but it was helpful to be able to hire decorators and not have to worry about the cost of their labour. Especially as it meant I wouldn’t have to feel guilty for not getting up on a ladder myself.
But what to do?
Our flat is very bright and every room is white to make the most of the abundance of natural light. There are so many moody decor ideas that I love that just wouldn’t ‘work’ in our space, but for this bedroom I just thought “screw it, I want grey paint” so I hunted down my dream grey (really difficult, evidently, especially when the are so many distracting 50 shades puns to make throughout the selection process) and got to it.
I chose a Dulux shade in the end called Warm Pewter and I’m really happy with it. I’d heard a lot of people say that their chosen greys hadn’t dried as they expected after a few coats, so I had made sure I’d applied loads of different greys to the walls and checked them in various lighting situs to make sure I was happy before buying it by the tin-load.
Once settled on Warm Pewter the only other thing that MATTERED MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE was the Slim Aarons photograph Poolside Gossip. I knew I wanted to buy a print of this and hang it above the bed.
Poolside Gossip Print (unframed) – £100 – SurfaceView. Here.
One day I’d like a much bigger print but for now this size will do.
I was really wary of making the room too ‘summery’, but Poolside Gossip has lots of darker tones within it which helps. I tried to pick out swimming pool-esque shades in the cushions and bedside tables (HOW HARD IS IT TO FIND BEDSIDE TABLES WHICH AREN’T HIDEOUS?!) and I’m pretty thrilled with the end result.
Bumble Bedside Table – £65 – Habitat. Here.
Maybe it will look stupid come Christmas, but it was throwing it down yesterday when I took these pics (the sky was literally black and rain was hammering at the windows as I snapped away on my phone ) and I didn’t feel then like it was a silly summery room in the middle of a grey city. So hopefully it will be ok.
Of course I’m now annoyed that this room is much nicer than our bedroom, but one room at a time eh?
I still despise the wall lights (why do nice ones not exist?!) and want to replace all the knobs on the cupboards at some point.
Jar – £90 – India Jane. Here.
Marble door stop – £18 – Habitat. Here.
Some sterling paintwork there. I couldn’t have done that.