The minute the blogger behind today’s My Home Rocks posted a picture on Instagram of her black feature wall, I had to ask if she would share it here. Black feature walls look amazing. I also think this makeover is like a ray of hope to anyone battling with a living room chock a block with plastic toys. We overhauled our playroom last year – which the kids had stopped using – it is so liberating to create a more grown up space once more.
Over to today’s mystery blogger, I know some of you like to play ‘through the keyhole’, so I will reveal her identity at the end!
Hi and welcome to our living room, which is also our latest decorating project:
This front room used to be a playroom for our children for a while, but as they are growing up now and have moved on from the large, bulky plastic trucks and play kitchen-type activities now, it is very nice to be able to reclaim the room as a grown up space!
This room is probably my favourite one in the house. It has a large square bay window, a cosy fireplace and exposed wooden floor boards. I like the proportions of the room, too – not too big, not too small.
Recently, I was inspired by a dark feature wall I had seen on an interior designer’s website (Karen Knox of Making Spaces). She had used a paint by Crown called ‘Night Fever’ to great effect and I was really keen to try the look in our front room. I would never before have thought of such a dark paint colour, but I thought our room could take it, because of our large bay window there is lots of natural light and the fact that our fireplace on that wall already had a black marble background, it shouldn’t clash with anything. Also by keeping the rest of the walls light, it wouldn’t feel gloomy, but instead make a striking feature.
Nevertheless, I was nervous about putting black paint on the wall and especially about not getting a crisp line at the edges! So I was very careful about using masking tape. I used the green Frog tape you can buy at DIY stores which is supposed to be very reliable and I’m glad I did as it gave a nice clean paint line at the corners.
I was a bit tired of our chrome light fittings, so simply spray painted them copper for a different look. This was a quick and easy, as well as inexpensive option.
The rug is a new addition; it is a Louis De Poortere ‘Fading World’ rug which gives a lovely vintage look.
Some bronze and gold accessories, such as candle holders, add a further warm metallic touch.
The room is still a work in progress, I’m deciding on a new pendant light for the centre of the room and would like to add some new artwork and cushions – the beautiful vibrant butterfly one is a new addition to the room (I noticed Wayfair stock this Curio Butterfly Cushion and other Graham & Brown products).
The tallboy cupboard belonged to my husband’s grandmother and it is probably from the 1930s or 40s and complements the original features in this room, for example the 1930s handles on our doors.
We’ve got a couple of old chests in the room which are great for storage and act as a coffee table and a place to stand decorative candles. I love candles and they – like the colour palette – help to define the room as a grown up space.
You need to know more about the person who lives here right? This is a beautiful room and I love the way this grown up space has come together. It might use moody and dark black, but feels so welcoming, grown up and has drama which I love.
The owner of this gorgeous home, is Antonia Ludden who lives with her husband and three sons in Sale, Cheshire. You can find more of Antonia’s stunning interiors and ideas at Tidy Away Today and do follow her on Instagram & Twitter.
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