I haven’t been this excited to share photos with you in a while. I’ve been itching to paint our bedroom a rich, dark brown and after a rollercoaster of decision paralysis (you can see all the options we were considering here), we settled on one that feels so right. Our bedroom has been light and airy and it feels energizing on one hand, but we’ve had a light bedroom for the last several years and we were definitely ready for something more moody. I love to choose a paint color based on how I want a room to feel. And here, I wanted our bedroom to feel romantic, relaxing, and maybe a little historic. We added the beadboard on the ceiling, and the box trim on the walls which added so much depth to the room. but the rich, plum brown paint color we landed on really set the tone. We used Farrow and Ball, London Clay (bought locally at Elan Design Source).
It’s a deep, rich mahogany brown with purple undertones. It’s warm brown, but it also feels like a color which is interesting and intriguing even. When I showed Chris the top three options I was considering, he pointed out London Clay as his favorite–he loved that it felt more like a color and less like just a neutral. Of course that really resonated with me, too.
As a reminder, here’s how our bedroom looked right before this phase 2:
Again, the white is beautiful, and there was a moment when the windows went black (that paint happened first) that I almost stopped the whole operation because the contrast was stunning, but I knew the transformation that we were after and I needed a break from sleeping in a white box.
It feels romantic, and earthy, and memorable. I know a retreat is typically bright and airy, but this is my kind of retreat. A retreat into a romantic getaway, from the rest of the house.
Note: We used Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Black for the windows, Farrow & Ball London Clay in Modern Emulsion for the walls and Modern Eggshell for the trim.
Opposite our bed, still hangs our TV, except now it blends in so much more and has no wires hanging down! Big pro TV in the bedroom people.
I ordered some art for above the bed, and curtains and shades for the windows and a large floor mirror, so over the next couple weeks, we’re excited to share more of this space, but man, I already never want to leave. (Good thing or bad thing?? ha)
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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In case you missed the announcement in our Love Letter, the wallpaper is officially installed in the laundry room, and I could not be ANY MORE IN LOVE! My ultimate goal for the laundry room was to create a space that is fresh, clean, bright, and a little utilitarian (the straight-laid tile floors definitely bring that). With […]
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