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Intimate dark atmospheric bedrooms

Dark bedrooms are on my mind. I recently painted our bedroom really dark (Porter Paints’ Triple Strength Lead). It looks incredible. It’s not black, but almost. The colour of artist’s charcoal. Hanging on the main wall (the one I see  when wake up every morning) is a mural from Surface View. There are some small touches that still need to be done before the big reveal . . . but, so far I love it.

In the meantime, here are some dark bedrooms to whet your appetite (and one pink one, just because I love it). The first is possibly my favourite. It just makes you want to sink into those sheets . . .


via live creating yourself


Sam Roddick’s Bedroom via Living etc


The bedroom of the Queen of Darkness herself, Abigail Ahern


via Lonny


via house to home

Riding the wave darkness euphoria, I went dark in the dining room . . . and I am not sure yet whether I love it or whether it actually depresses me. Stay tuned.



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  1. We’re about to go dark in our bedroom – Farrow and Ball Hague Blue.

    But then we keep talking oursleves out of it, worrying that it won’t be fabulously atmospheric and boudoir but just be dark and depressing.

    Will look forward to seeing your pictures to see if it gives us the final push we need!

    July 26, 2013
    • kate #

      Do it! My main tip though is see your vision through to the end. With dark rooms atmospheric lighting is a MUST as is layering / decorating. I have discovered that bare dark walls look gloomy while bare white walls tend to look clinical. Mirrors, artwork, photographs, pops of colour with cushions, furnishings, furniture are essential to pull it off. Btw, Hague Blue is stunning! Are you planning to paint the whole room out or keep a white trim?

      July 26, 2013
      • Thanks for the advice. Yes, we’re planning on all the walls in Hague, ceiling in Cabbage White and then all woodwork, cornice and ceiling rose in white. Our furniture is a very warm wood, and we think we’re going to go for a gold carpet. We’ve just bought the paint, so no backing out now – just need the plaster to dry out!!

        August 19, 2013
  2. sue #

    can’t wait for the reveal!

    August 3, 2013
  3. Pamela #

    Desperate to see the reveal!!! I keep checking back daily!! I purchased my dark paint today for my bedroom too. When can we expect to see yours Kate??

    September 6, 2013
    • kate #

      I am not loving it . . . the colour I chose is almost black . . . and I think it is just a bit too dark. So thinking of staying grey, but lightening it a bit. Can’t wait to see yours!

      September 9, 2013

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