Decorating with Navy Blue – part 1

We are both obsessed with interiors and fashion trends. This is a passion we discovered we shared when we first met. Lucy and I both have homes we love and are constantly on the look out for the perfect item to update a particular room or space. We have had many conversations over the years about paint colour especially Farrow & Ball. We have studied their paint chart in great detail and probably know every colour off by heart – we know we are not alone!!! Our current obsession is navy blue which has to some extent replaced or certainly paralled the trend for all things grey.

One of our favourite colours is Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue – an inky blue colour named after a Norfolk beach. I recently used this colour in our bedroom, it was last decorated about 10 years ago, however the roof leaked and the the bedroom ceiling was badly damaged. What started as painting the ceiling quickly turned into a major redecoration project as we realised the carpet was grim and all the blinds were broken.


I love Pinterest so I had already created a board of images and realised that I was drawn to navy blue and pale pink. I bought some paint and wallpaper samples and set about seeing what they look like in the room – top tip: paint on paper and stick to different walls to see how the colours work in different lighting conditions.


The starting point was to choose a new wallpaper for the feature wall behind the bed. After much discussion and deliberating I chose the Cole & Son Flamingos wallpaper (112/11041). I was nervous about using such a statement design and using the flamingo motif, as there are a trend that will pass. However we live in an old Edwardian house with high ceilings and lots of original features so I feel it suits the space perfectly and will stand the test of time. This wallpaper also works perfectly with Stiffkey Blue so I chose to paint the original cupboard and an alcove in this colour, and I had the pink paint for the remainder of the room colour matched to the pink in the wallpaper by Dulux (I sold a few things on Ebay to offset the cost of the wallpaper!).


As we started painting we realised how awful our bedroom carpet was and ordered a new pale grey carpet. As we didn’t have any budget for new furniture, I looked at what furniture we already had in the room – the wardrobes, bed and bedside table had to stay but there was a large chest of drawers in the bay window that blocked out a lot of light in the room. I decided to move an antique cupboard from another room into the alcove to store clothes and to create a dressing table area in the bay window. I had an old table in the garden shed and decided to revamp this by fitting new knobs from Zara Home and lining the drawer with the last piece of wallpaper. I chose a small stool from Maison Du Monde and a mirror from M&S


Here are some of the accessories I used in the room:
Linen duvet cover: £79 H&M Home
Feather light shade: £30 B&Q
Basket: £10 Ikea – I made the pompoms!
Sequin cushion: £7, Wilko
Pink velvet cushion: £19.99, Home Sense
Grey Mongolian fur cushion: £26, TKMax
Star light: £99, (we already had this but Made still sell this model)

As you can see a lot of these items are bargains. I love to shop around and find an affordable high street version  of something I have seen in a magazine or on Pinterest. The room is pretty much finished, but I am always tinkering and moving things round so who knows what it will look like in 6 months time! And just so you don’t think I live an Instagram life – there is usually an exercise bike at the bottom of the bed (aka my husbands clothes rack) and my eldest teen burnt the carpet after 3 weeks with hair straighteners! Arthur (the cat) is indifferent about the blue, but does likes the new throw on the bed, but I guess that’s what makes a house a home 🙂








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