Bedroom Reveal: A Darker Shade Of Grey.
Our bedroom is an incredible darker shade of grey…
We matched the colour, a darker shade of grey from an old piece of old pottery
So sorry girls, but I just couldn’t resist the pun, especially with all the hype surrounding the latest release of the second film!
We matched the colour from an old piece of old pottery. Therefore I cant give you any colour details apart from the fact that it is a Dulux trade paint. Yes it is very grey, but more blue, less brown, very warm, rich, dark and matte.
I knew exactly what I wanted for our bedroom. It needed to be a calm, cosy sanctuary, a retreat from the bright white and colours that feature throughout the rest of our home. I wanted what I call ‘Georgian Rustic’ as the style theme. Have you ever visited an old early Georgian town house? There are lots in the city of Bath and our own small town is Georgian. Plain and simple but rich elegant at the same time.
‘We’ ( Marc) started by stripping, sanding and measuring. Preparation is the key to everything.
He put up a picture rail, using a laser beam, in this way we discovered our door frames were not straight. I wanted everything painted the same colour, in this way the room is not broken up, if the ceiling had been white, the room would have looked smaller and less pulled together. it was a risk but it works perfectly.
We have modern fitted wardrobes with faded white doors, they were horrible. So how to overcome them and make them fit into my Rustic Georgian theme without a costly replacement? Easy, as they were paneled we painted them, using rollers, so no brush marks. I then bought some beautiful, but expensive, leather handles from Anthropologie. Sorted.
I have always liked our flat, wooden lamp shade, bought from habitat about 9 years ago. I wanted to keep it, but I also wanted it to blend in with the rest of the style. Marc used some industrial fittings to rewire the whole thing, we then painted it in the same colour as everything else and bought a large led filament lightbulb. Small cost, high impact.
For the bedside lights we knew exactly what we were going to use. Two wall mounted vintage, turquoise Anglepoise lamps (type 75) Marc had restored both a couple of years ago. At last they had found their true home. Wall mounted lights also free up space on bedside tables.
Handmade and designed by us all from recycled materials. You can read all about the details and how it was made inWe love it.
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We decided that if anything had been left white it would been highlighted and turned into a feature. I wanted the things in the room to be a feature not he doors! This mainly applied to the door to the en-suite bathroom. So we painted it and hung an old canvas oil painting on the back of it. A clever way to almost disguise a door dont you think?
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We wanted to keep the furniture to a minimum, after all bedrooms are for sleeping in right? However bedside tables are a necessity. Mine is a treadle sewing machine from the 40’s and Marc’s is a sewing cabinet with a lift up lid and a tiny draw for storage. We painted it and fixed a pretty glass handle from Anthropologie on it.
Marc has a large vintage cabinet with drawers for storage, this was a local charity shop find and cost £20. The TV also sits on top of this and although I’m not a huge fan of TV in the bedroom, come wintertime, nothing beats a cosy early night in bed tucked up with a dog a cat and a good film. (it must my age)
I have a shoe cupboard for my winter shoes. we painted it the same shade of grey and it lights up and creates some beautiful ambient light in the evening. Beautiful and useful? tick.
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The only other piece in the room is my vintage sewing mannequin. Bought from a Georgian house clearance, perfect, she is usually strewn with my outfits from the previous week, but in this pic she looks quite presentable!
I wanted old oil or watercolour original paintings. Not prints in this room as they would look too modern, We bought the paintings in this room for under £5 pounds each, all from local charity shops and boot fairs. The deer antlers above the TV we found in a field, they are not a matching pair but Marc cleverly made a wooden shield shaped mount for them.
So there you have it, a little peep into the latest re decorated room in the house: our ‘Rustic Georgian’ bedroom…
This is how our bedroom has evolved over the last eight years into that beautiful shade of grey? Finally I’m happy.
Love to know your thoughts on my scheme so are you planning any re-decorating before the end of the year?