Ok, if you didn’t read Part I, then this post might not make that much sense. So you might want to pop back a couple of posts and catch up so you know what the heck i’m going on about today.
Or just keep reading… you’re in charge.
I think it’s fair to say I
wasted spent a week painting various sections of this room. This bit that colour, that bit this colour. There are some sections of wall that have been painted four times over the space of a fortnight, I swear the room is smaller.
As much as I loved the tone of Dulux’s Rich Praline 3, it just did not work with our oak furniture or pine door.
It was also a perfect match for the carpet (which I don’t like) making the room feel a bit “blah”. Not exactly the look I was going for when I started this room update.
So after, repeatedly telling my hubster how the room would’t work unless I painted the door in with the walls…. and spitting my dummy out when he wasn’t keen on that idea, I knew deep down (so very deep down) that it wouldn’t make any difference.
That tan gotsta go mo fo.
I know black works, i’ve used it enough times now in projects. But it’s always been in rooms with large proportions, lots of windows, higher ceilings. And with floorboards. There’s something about floorboards that just work so much better with dark walls I think. And our living room didn’t have any of those **sigh**. Our mid-century living room has 2.4m ceilings and an overall floorplan or 3.6m x 4.3m. So, ya know. It’s not massive.
After a too many glasses of wine and a good moan online, I woke the next morning and put on my “big brave girl” pants. Yes, I finally bit the bullet and painted the whole god damn room black. Because that is really what I wanted to do all along. I was just scared and needed someone to blame. Cue hubby. God, i’m crap sometimes. Sorry Pete x
And here’s the same wall you’ve now seen a million times already, but this time in Valspar’s Arrowhead. What do you think?
I’m well happy with it. I feel like an idiot for just not doing this before. See, even people who supposedly know what they’re doing, get stuck sometimes. I’m much more indecisive (annoying) in my own home, that’s for sure.
In order for the sofa not to disappear into the black hole, I tootled off to Ikea and picked up an enormous tan sheepskin which was in the sale for £90. Our sofa is the most comfortable sofa ever and over 1m deep. But it looks shit in photos and against the black wall, it also now looked flipping purple, when in fact it’s a very dark, bitter chocolate brown.
So I loaded it up with the sheepie and my fave skull cushions. It’s like a soft play centre on there.
You can see here, how the door adds a bit of detail and breaks up the expanse of black. As one thing you do need to do when you go dark all over, is to break up the space with art, lighting, texture.
Which brings me onto the Frosini scissor wall light from Made.com. Which at £49 is such a good price. The quality is top notch too. Very happy with that!
Over the other side of the room, i’ve added a Ferm Living Low hanging planter which I bought from Trouva. This hangs over my Jielde inspired floor lamp, bagged from BHS ages ago.
You may also be able to see i’ve finally updated our window blinds. Those mingin’ vertical numbers have been dropped at the chazza shop and been replaced with simple tan roller-blinds. I picked them up from La Redoute in one of their 40% off events meaning I got the whole window roller-blinded up for about £60.
The gallery wall was put together using pieces I already had dotted around the house. Some framed, some not, but I stuck with sepia tones with a touch of orange and gold to tie in with the rest of the room. It will no doubt be updated with other pieces as and when I find them.
I’ve lived with it for a week or so now and i’m confident that this is the way it’s meant to be. I really love it. I no longer have a roller tray by the sink. And it feels good.
So, can an average sized living room go black on all four walls? Yes. Yes I think it can. Although I 100% know that I will not be painting the 5th wall black, aka, the ceiling. I’ve already tested the 5th wall theory in our bedroom. You can read all about that here.
Are you thinking of going dark this year? But can’t quite commit? Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you actually like dark spaces? I’ve always loved black, so for me it’s a room in my fave colour. Don’t do it to follow a trend. Some people hate dark spaces, and that’s fine, so don’t force it.
- Does your room get decent light? Our living room is south-west facing, so we get the sun streaming in from midday onwards. Our kitchen however does not, so i’d never go black in there.
- Have you got plenty of artwork, warm colours, textures and plants to break up the black background? If so, crack on. If you prefer things more minimal, a black room may be more difficult to pull off.
- There are no rules. It’s your home. And as i’ve proven over the past fortnight, trust your gut. You know deep (very deep) down.
- It’s paint. It takes about two hours to paint a wall. If you’ve already spent more than four hours thinking about it, you could have tried it and painted it back again if you didn’t like it. End of.
- DO NOT make your final decision until the paint has dried and you’ve put the furniture and lighting back, hung art etc. It’s only then, the black magic happens. Don’t chicken out after rollering half a wall. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Did I do the right thing? Do you like? Hate? Would really love to know what you guys think now i’ve finally finished. Well, nothing’s ever finished is it… but you know what I mean.