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Going dark in the library.

So I finally took pictures of the finished library! Aren´t you so excited? I am. I painted this room back in March. Where does time go. Anyway. Here´s a picture of this exact same space "before". It was fine, the picture wall was cute, many people loved it. But I always felt that this part of the room could look better, that the picture wall was sort of childish, etc. And I alway wanted this room to feel more cohesive. 

What you need to know about the library is that it used to be two rooms that are now open to each other. I think/hope the picture above helps to understand the layout (it´s the best I can do without a proper wide angle lense...). The previous owners combined the two rooms and I guess it sort of makes sense. They did the same in the kitchen/dining room but while these still very much read as two separate room I think the library doesn´t. For me, it´s one room with a, well, challenging layout. So in order to unify this space more I decided to use one single color for the entire room; and I decided to go with Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball - two walls in the "office" part of the room were already painted this color and I loved it. 

To go that dark was a bit of a risk since the room faces North - so while it gets a ton of light through the large windows there´s no direct sunlight except in the very early mornings. However I´ve always had that theory that darkish rooms become cozier when painted a dark color and in that particular case I think I was right. I love the new color. And what do you know, suddenly my blue chairs totally work! I was going to sew white covers for them but no need now - I think the colors work beautifully together! 

Originally I had plans to make a big picture wall with the lovely floral prints by Olga Inoue. However that didn´t work for a number of reasons so I decided to at least have a few prints on each side of the break-through. I love how they pop against the dark color!
So, all in all, super happy with the result! Like with all Farrow & Ball paints, the color changes with the light - from a true charcoal to a dark blue to almost black. However since it has bronze undertones it never feels cold. I love being in this room (which is a good thing since I work from here full-time!). To think that when we moved in, this room caused me so many headaches, and now it´s one of my favorites in the house. Funny how that goes. Have a happy weekend!

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June 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterveronika

Katrin, what color is the ceiling? It all looks amazing and the blue chairs really do seem to be happier in the space now that the walls are grey. What a nice result!

June 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

Oh my goodness that is just lovely. Thank you for showing us!!

June 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRebeccaNYC

Both rooms look fantastic, love the colour and really like how cosy it makes the seating area, I could imagine curling up on one of the chairs with a good book and the fire going..just lovely Katrin, well done.

June 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Dear Katrin,

It looks so beautiful! Together with your furniture and de wooden floor!
It all comes together perfect!

I only miss somebody...... where is Ludwig?
Hope everything is OK with him?

June 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterInkie

Beautiful! I really LOVE how your light blue armchairs just look like they were made for the color of the walls. Good that you waited what to do with or for them - I remember that you weren't so happy with the fabriccolor. And now? It looks georgeous. Everything falls together.

June 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Love, love love it!

June 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

Thank you all!

RC - the ceiling is white!

Inkie - Ludwig is just fine, he just wasn´t around when I took the pictures!

June 13, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

That does look lovely Katrin. You did well with that change.

June 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Liebe Katrin,
das ist der Hammer!!Sieht super aus. Sehr elegant und so beruhigend fürs Auge! Und alle Sachen, egal ob Blumen oder Bilder wirken davor einfach viel intensiver als vor einer hellen Wand. Wir haben unser Wohnzimmer auch gerade in dunklem Graublau gestrichen und wir lieben es!

Lieben Gruß aus Bremen von Steffi

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteffi

Dear Katrin,

This is just fantastic. What the name of this F&B colour?

Best wishes

June 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

Sieht klasse aus! Das Blau der Sessel wirkt viel, viel mehr, die weissen Fussleisten heben sich klasse ab und der Boden wirkt auch noch toller. Vielleicht auch z.T. dem Tageslicht geschuldet, dass es anders wirkt. Vorher war auch schön, aber anders, und jetzt ist es noch schöner. :-)
Die Räume wirken "fest und fertig", elegant und als ob man sich dort gleichermaßen gut entspannen und konzentrieren kann.
Wirklich klasse!

June 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTanja

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