Amazing how quickly the summer has passed.
It seems that no sooner as the first snowdrops appear — and we joyfully wave goodbye to the cold and grey — that we we have the longest day, the nights begin to draw in and, in the blink of an eye, autumn is here again.
It’s so unfair. The dark days always long outstay their welcome — but spring and summer seem to fly by.
My sure-fire antidote to this is to fill my eyes with as much colour as I can during the summer months. I think this is one of the reasons I love festivals so much.
They provide so much colour and entertainment; a feast for the senses, that create colourful memories to last long after the summer has passed.
But although I’m a huge fan of colour — and my wardrobe choices reflect that — our home has always been a little more ‘muted’ (for want of a better word).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for bright accessories but these have generally been tempered by a pale background.
Until last year, when I bucked the habit of a lifetime and — on a whim — painted the walls of our snug in the darkest charcoal grey.
I loved the effect it had on the rest of the room; the furniture and accessories totally came to life by putting such a dark colour against them.
In fact, I was so thrilled with how it turned out and decided to take the plunge and give our bedroom the same treatment.
It was definitely not the most inspiring room; pale grey and white walls with dark wooden bedside tables and black lamps. White (or grey) bedlinen — with a token coloured cushion or throw.
So after a couple of weeks of hot debate — and a mini Instagram poll — I decided to paint the back wall in the darkest, inkiest blue I could find. I went for Stiffkey Blue from Farrow and Ball in the end. The bottom swatch on the picture below.
But this then led to a conundrum about the bedside tables and lamps — they practically disappeared into the dark walls — so I went on the hunt for the perfect replacement.
I chose new ones from Feather and Black. Their Radley bedside tables were perfect.
The fresh white really pings out against the blue of the wall and they are such a lovely size. Compact and beautifully sturdy, with a drawer to stow away all the junk and a little shelf underneath for books and magazines.
Our old black lamps got their marching orders too. These were replaced with Blyton Table Lamps. Possibly the loveliest lighting I’ve come across in a long time. A sturdy wooden base with a putty coloured metal shade, suspended by a vintage looking flex. They’re a really unusual shape — blurring the boundaries between traditional and modern; they’d fit any setting.
Summer Colour All Year Round
I’ve never been keen on coloured bedlinen; like the walls I’ve always preferred white (and on the odd occasion grey). But feeling inspired by my inky blue backdrop, I found the most beautiful bedlinen from bluebellgray.
Strewn with watercolour florals, the Tetbury Meadow design is perfect for bringing summer colour into the bedroom all year round.
I added chevron striped cushions — again from Feather and Black —and strung a paper garland across the back wall to add a little more colour to the mix.
It was actually a Christmas decoration that I bought, last year, to dress my alternative Christmas tree but ended up not using.
It’s such a simple thing; tiny colourful paper discs — sewn onto a cotton thread — but it looks amazing against the blue.
Vibrant Colour and New Energy
It’s nothing short of amazing how different the room feels.
I never particularly liked it before, if I’m honest. It was just the room that we slept in.
These days I definitely find myself wanting to spend a bit more time in there; instead of feeling bland and a bit unloved, it’s such a lovely space to go and relax.
It’s got a new energy. And that might sound a bit hocus-pocus (I’m not a believer in things like Feng Shui) but it really, really has a different vibe.
I think colour is one of the biggest mood enhancers; get it wrong and it can zap your energy. Get it right and it can lift your spirits; and make you feel vibrant as the shades that surround you.
So whilst my colourful bedroom makeover may not be to everyone’s taste — it’s definitely ours.
(And our furry-faced lodgers too.)
Thank you so much to Feather and Black and Farrow & Ball for working with me on my colourful bedroom makeover. I was kindly gifted the paint, bedside tables, lamps and cushions for the purposes of styling this post.
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.