Inspiration for my new house

Posted on Fri, 18 Jul 2014 by KiM

Boy do I have decorating on the brain these days! Now that we are settled in our new house (in case you missed my posts here and here earlier this week) all I can think about is what in the hell I am going to do with this blank canvas. For the past few years I have been really excited about Scandi/industrial/modern spaces in white/grey/black and lots of wood. The more time I spend in my new house, the more I realize that I have to completely re-think how I am going to decorate. This has thrown me for a loop and while it freaked me out a bit in the beginning, is starting to become more exciting and less of a daunting task. One thing I cannot get out of my head is how beautiful dark and dramatic colours would look in this house. With lots of windows and very good light coming through, I think I could totally get away with it. And with this in mind, I immediately thought of Abigail Ahern, the queen of darkness. I love how she paints out floors, ceilings, woodwork…everything! I won’t be painting my floors (unfortunately) or the wood work anytime soon I am totally up for going to town on all the walls and ceilings. And Downpipe by Farrow & Ball seems to be the most perfect, dreamy colour. 

If anyone has any suggestions of what I should do or ideas for paint colours let me know!

Photos above: Abigail Ahern

Photos above: Michael’s 47 Park Avenue home, also a huge source of inspiration.

Milk Magazine – Jo and Graham Atkins-Hughes home

Derek Swalwell

homelife

House & Garden

House & Garden

Rue

Jessica Helgerson

Yatzer

Milk Decoration

Dwell

Eades&Bergman

KiM says:

@Jess – that's the issue here too. The woodwork hasn't been painted over all these years and I don't want to be the one to ruin them. I had someone else tell me to put tiny dots all over the bathroom walls. I think I prefer simple walls without alot of drama and leave the drama to the furnishings and art. Plus, by the time I get done with painting this whole house myself, I will have no patience or energy for fancying up the walls. LOL

@peggy – if I go with blue it's got to be almost black. i don't really like blue. And HELLS YEAH art will be big where I can manage it. πŸ™‚

midcenturyjo says:

I have never regretted painting my rooms dark. They are so dramatic and other colours play off them so well. Go for it!

KiM says:

I freaking love your dark walls Jo – especially the brown.

I love both we have a charcoal black bedroom, a completely white bedroom and a white living space ….. it is just a matter of how I feel at a specific time. and I wish I could change colours more often – like switching on outfit πŸ™‚

I love both we have a charcoal black bedroom, a completely white bedroom and a white living space ….. it is just a matter of how I feel at a specific time. and I wish I could change colours more often – like switching on outfit πŸ™‚

I love both we have a charcoal black bedroom, a completely white bedroom and a white living space ….. it is just a matter of how I feel at a specific time. and I wish I could change colours more often – like switching on outfit πŸ™‚

I love both we have a charcoal black bedroom, a completely white bedroom and a white living space ….. it is just a matter of how I feel at a specific time. and I wish I could change colours more often – like switching on outfit πŸ™‚

I love both we have a charcoal black bedroom, a completely white bedroom and a white living space ….. it is just a matter of how I feel at a specific time. and I wish I could change colours more often – like switching on outfit πŸ™‚

wow really nice

Miathewindowcleaner says:

I think the darks will work well with your new home! Although I'm not brave enough to incorporate them in my home, I admire others who can pull it off. Thank you for sharing.

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