I have spent the last two days clambering around my breakfast room with paint in hand, and turning it from a very sedate and calm green into a zinging, intense deepest blue. It all started with some botanical prints that I spotted online at vintage printables.
Dramatic botanical prints free for public use
These were really intense botanical images against dark backgrounds, and I fell in love with them. I sent them off to be scaled up into large prints for the princely sum of £27, and then framed them into the existing frames that I had for my paler versions… here is the room before:
It is nice, but I have lived with Farrow and Ball tasteful pale shades for too long! I chose a really intense colour for the walls, skirting and cupboard surrounds called Basalt by the Little Greene Paint Company. It is a really dark, dark blue, like squid ink:
Basalt, a really very dark blue tone that looks black or grey in some light
It’s a bit dark ?!
Coat one on walls, too late to go back now…..
Beginning to think it might work now…
I wanted to leave the original Victorian doors, floors and cupboards in their natural state. As one end of the room has pale painted panelling, plus the door frames and window frame, I though these would be too dark in the Basalt, so I used Lime White by Farrow and Ball for these areas to freshen it up. The rest of the room was painted in Basalt, and woe betide me if I ever have to paint it out again with a paler colour as it is very dark indeed!
I upcycled the old picture frames with the new prints, (I had 6 printed), and first of all hung them as they had originally been. But then I decided to make the wall more exciting as the dark background is a great foil for artwork.
Here are final photos of the completed room:
Storage cabinet awaiting transformation
Repurposed window frame as a mirror
Gallery wall detail
All that is left to do now is to is to overhaul the painted wood cupboard with the lamp on top, as it looks too pale for the room. I am thinking a zesty green or something similar would work, and I may repaint the table legs to compliment it.