Inside our new bedroom
This is the story of many failed attempts to get a dark, rich colour inside our new bedroom, followed by the latest, finally successful! attempt, and what it looks like now. All of the below attempts would have been solved if we’d just been patient and bought a load of tester pots. Note to self for the future: Don’t just dive in and paint the whole wall until you’re actually sure it’s the right colour!
I decided long ago that what I wanted in our bedroom was a really dark grey wall opposite the bed. It would make the room feel cozier and warmer and a little bit luxurious as well. But the colour has been so hard to find!
First, we went for a colour that claimed to be grey, but was actually purple (apparently Homebase are no longer selling this colour – look at the reviews! Glad I am not the only one who was duped by this). This was awful. We thought maybe it would improve on the second coat. It did not.
Then we found a ‘slate grey’ which we accidentally bought in silk, meaning the whole wall was shiny. And yes, we did paint almost the entire wall before we realised this. Basically, I’m an idiot.
Then we painted two coats of matt slate grey on top, but after living with it for a few months, it just wasn’t at all the right colour. It was the most grey I seemed to be able to find in the Homebase near our house, but it was so light and actually quite blue. It looked okay but I wasn’t very happy with it at all.
At the time, this was before our building work started, so the only place we could put our ginormous IKEA wardrobe was against that wall. As a result you couldn’t really see the colour that much anyway, so we just kind of left it in place. We didn’t even bother to neaten up the coving at the top, because I knew we were going to have to, eventually, come back and repaint.
When phase one of our building work was finished, we were able to move the wardrobe to another wall, so it was time to think about colours again.
And then FINALLY we found the colour – Night Fever. Ohhhh it’s so lush. Super matt and deep and dark and lovely.
We have put up a floating shelf and put some of our favourite art on it, with champagne bottle lights Peter and I made a couple of years ago resting at either end, and our old Ercol dining table (which looks so little now!) is sat underneath is with one of the matching chairs. Eventually I’d like to find a mirror to go on the table and turn it into a kind of dressing table, but for now it just looks pretty (plus I’ve worked from home on it a couple of times, so it’s useful to have).
I love it so much now! It’s actually a bit darker in real life than in the photos, but it’s such a great colour and it really makes all the artwork pop!
Was it worth painting FOUR times? Well, if I could go back I’d probably just buy some tester pots, but I think I didn’t realise quite how dark I actually wanted it until I had something that was too pale. Paint is so hard to choose!