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Sherwood Forest – Progress Report

So where were we?

That’s right.


We were here. Room all emptied and ready for the walls to get their green on.

dark green living room


valspar gentle shadow on ceiling

The decorator is doing a sterling job. The ceiling has had its two coats of Valspar’s “Gentle Shadows” which is warm off white. It actually has a smidge of green in, so it contrast beautifully.

It’s a huge space, about 5m by 12m long, so there is a lot of work to do here. Especially with the amount of woodwork that needs sanding, caulking, priming and painting.

valspar sherwood forest

The dining room walls are now fully initiated into their new role in “Sherwood Forest.” The creams and magnolias of before actually made the space feel cold and a little soul-less. The colour’s added so much warmth and depth to the room.

Valspar undercoat

The wood and metal work have been primed ready for their dark green gloss finish. I decided on gloss to add a textural contrast to the room and traditionally, a gentleman’s club would have been soaked in gloss (and nicotine stains, but we’ll be leaving those).

valspar sherwood forest

One side of the living room is now done, apart from the woodwork. Here’s little baby Rohan just chillin’ in his new green crib. That sofa isn’t staying by the way. Don’t worry. Pastel pinstripe is not a part of this project.

Sherwood forest project

Something bespoke and unique is being designed, built and fitted on this wall solving all storage problems (as long as my lovely clients stop buying stuff). And of course it will look awesome. This won’t be done until January and will no doubt get a blog post all of its very own. I’m excited, it’s going to be pretty spesh.

Valspar sherwood forest

A lot of people are scared to choose a bold colour as they think it will make a room appear cold or dreary. By selecting something dark but with warm tones, it can actually make a space feel warmer and more spacious. A dark tester square on a cream wall might freak you out a little, but a dark wall in its entirety can be much easier on the eye.

“It’s blooming gorgeous. That colour doesn’t make the room look dark at all, in fact it does the opposite.” Sherwood Forest Client

Go bold or go home.


  1. Megan says

    Hello! I was thinking of painting an accent wall in my room Sherwood Forest, and I was wondering if you could comment whether it shows up as more of a deep teal/blue, or green? I only ask because all the pictures that I’ve seen look more blue to me, but the images on the Benjamin Moore website look very green. Anyway, just curious how you’d characterize it. Thanks!

    • Karen Knox says

      Hi Megan,
      This is a Valspar UK colour, so won’t be the same as the BM version.
      The colour used in this project is very much a green based teal.

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