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Inspiration: Dark but Vibrant

Vibrant but dark colour schemes

I love this room. It totally challenges any question that dark rooms are oppressive. It’s dark, but it’s also vibrant. The colour in here is divine. It works because of the texture and pattern and because the rich tones throughout are consistent. The one thing that I am not crazy about is that chandelier, however I do appreciate that it fits with the whole decadent look of this room. If you’d like to do this style, you need to do it in a room which has a lot of natural light.

To recreate this look, head over to Farrow & Ball and try their iconic hague blue paint, and then check out these affordable accessories:

teal inspired room


Tesco Teal Sofa £299. It’s a great deal, not as beautiful as the Dakota sofa in the photo from Barrymore Furniture, but at that price a great buy. The rainbow cushion is from The Red Pistachio on Etsy (£14 approx). One thing I am really aware of when trying to recreate the look is the fabric choices in the original, they’re so rich and make you want to stroke them – or is that just me? Remember to use a similar tone and if you do have a sewing machine, do go to your haberdashery and get the right fabrics to make your own. That butterfly print on the wall is gorgeous. It’s from Boo Boo & Lefty and but I can’t find it on their site to let you know how much it costs. But I have found the gorgeous ultramarine sea blue and azure turquoise butterfly, which is an original watercolour painting on Etsy for just £20. You obviously will need to frame it and it’s not as large as the Boo Boo & Lefty one but the artist, Amoma, does take commissions. Vases and vessels are from a mixture of sources all less than £20 each; cherry milk vase, teal Bückeburg vaseVintage yellow vase.

The armchair is from good old Ikea, it’s called Ekero and is only £130. The spindle leg tables look great. They’re antiques. I recommend you go get thrifty and hunt out some on eBay / Freecycle. I have just spotted a few going as cheap as £6. Yes they need some TLC, but a good clean, sand and revarnish and a little elbow grease and you’re good. There’s nothing better than restoring old pieces in my humble opinion. Finally, the chandelier. It’s not grown on me, but hey, each to their own right. I found a similiar one on for £44.99 but fear it will look really cheap so am not linking it up. I think you need to spend some money to get a quality looking chandelier. That’s for you to decide though. All I know, is that I want this look in my house, but alas it’s not light enough and I fear the MOD will send the troops after me if I start painting my ceilings such a deep orange!


Main Photo // Photographer: John Cullen / Source: House & Home / Designer: Morgan Michener


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