I feel like I've been working on this room for a very long time. Indeed it was back in July that I moved the bulk of what was my studio into it's new smaller home, my new studio, to make way for this room repurpose. As with so many things I take on, it was a bigger job than anticipated, but that's pretty much what makes me tick - I love a challenge.
I painted the room the most delicious shade of teal blue called Sea Urchin 2 by Dulux. I thought about a few different colour options (controversially including a really deep chocolate brown!), but I had blue in my head pretty early on in the process.
So often we're told that blue is a cold colour, but if you add a touch of yellow or some grey, it warms right up. As always when looking for the perfect colour, I came up against the usual issues that you can never really foresee until you have testers on the wall in the room in question, and see it in different lights - too purple, too dark, too bright, too cold. Then I stumbled upon Sea Urchin 2 and I knew it was 'the one'. I also love the name, because as you'll see in the photographs, I've given the room the colour wash treatment - painting everything, including the ceiling, woodwork and radiators the same colour, and it feels like you're in a cosy underwater cave now, it's a really warm and inviting space - the opposite of what it had been four or five months ago, when I could hardly bear to go in there. Basically I see it as a Mermaids lair. Yes, I'm aware that's kind of odd!
Let's look at these slightly terrifying before shots again (and these were on a 'good' day). SO. MUCH. STUFF...
And the moodboard I shared here back in September, but probably put together back in July or August...
And this is what it looks like now...
I splashed out and bought a new sofa for this room, I wanted something low and comfy - perfect for zoning out, and that would fill the entire space available in the long shallow room (the dimensions of this room are about 2.8m x 4.5m), and although this sofa wasn't marketed as a sofa bed, it's modular, and one of the sections can be moved around to form a (near) square which is larger than a standard double bed. Then we pop a mattress topper on it, and voila, it's a guest room. And yes, it's BROWN! I bought a new BROWN sofa!
I decided to add the decorative moulding along the back wall quite late in the day, when the room was otherwise finished. I'd been mulling over ideas for art, and Ed and I just could not agree on anything. Well, nothing that we could afford at the moment, so I had a lightbulb moment and decided to add the moulding instead. It's something I'd wanted to experiment with for such a long time, and I'm so pleased I was brave enough to do it. I absolutely love the finished result, and it was surprisingly easy. I did the entire wall of nine boxes over a weekend, from start to finish. I'm now looking around the house to see where else I can add moulding, with my favourite new toy - my mitre saw, at the ready.
I also bought the little wall mounted lamps, the rug (absolutely could not resist it, drastically reduced on sale from Anthropologie), the mirror I bought ages ago on eBay, and the TV, which is simply wall mounted on a hinged bracket between the two windows.
Most other pieces have been borrowed from other parts of the house. I whipped up the inkblot artwork because that wall definitely needed something and as I said, my husband and I don't always see eye to eye on art purchases so it can be quite a lengthy process.
I think some blinds need to go in soon so it's not a room where guests get woken up at the crack of dawn because their host has neglected to put any window coverings in. Oops!
So there you go! I am stupidly happy with this room - it's exactly how I envisioned it, and now I never want to leave. Result!
Let me know what you think of The Blue Room as it's now known.
This post is in collaboration with Dulux!