Interior Design Inspiration – Moody blues… and greys


Over recent weeks you may have noticed that some changes are afoot in the Cassiefairy household, particularly in the bedroom. The eagle-eyed of you might have spotted a blog post about my new grey bedding, followed in quick succession by a tester-patch of paint appearing on my bedroom walls. Yes, I’ve been getting the urge to decorate again.

grey bedroom inspirationLove this relaxing bedroom by Vispring Beds

I think it’s something to do with the summer holidays coming up that makes me want to update my home. Just knowing that my husband and I will have some time off together gets me thinking about trips to hardware stores and comparing paint charts. What’s the point of having a holiday if you can’t get some more work done, eh?! And when you’ve got a rather big project in mind, such as a complete overhaul of the bedroom, this has to be saved for an occasion when you can dedicate a decent amount of time to it.grey living room furniture village

Grey can create a peaceful and calm atmosphere

So I’ve started looking for design inspiration, and pinning more and more adventurous colour schedules on Pinterest. I find that, after a week or two of general browsing and pinning, I start to spot patterns emerging within my interior design moodboards, and this really helps me to plan my next step. If I look back over my boards and find that there’s lots of one particular colour, texture or print, I can be sure that it will be one of the design elements that I must include in a room. I think Pinterest is great for this, and it’s a fab excuse to spend hours on the app completely legitimately!teal blue wall and neutral bedding - interior design inspiration

Neutral bedding lightens up a dark feature wall

The one style of room that keeps coming up over and over again on my bedroom board is dark walls. I’m not just talking a bit darker than the neutrals my home is currently decorated in; I’m loving dark dark walls. Grey, inky blues and even black are taking my fancy and although my bedroom is a small room I’m sure it can take these moody shades.

grey bedroom inspiration ideasGrey bedding give a similar effect without decorating and I love this dark fabric headboard  from Furniture Village

We all know that the way to make a small room look bigger is to make it lighter and brighter; painting walls in pale shades and taking away heavy window dressings to ensure as much light as possible bounces around the room to create a feeling of spaciousness. However, it appears that I want to do the opposite to my bedroom. I figure that the room is only used for sleeping, so it needs to be dark and cosy to induce sleep – why else did I buy a blackout blind last year?!bedroom grey and white

Warmer tones look great in the bedroom too

I generally find dark rooms to be relaxing and create a feeling of warmth, and although this might not be ideal for summer, I know that I’ll enjoy the luxury of darkness enveloping the room during the autumn and winter. The only issue is that I just can’t imagine it in the room. I’ve spent hours sitting in bed in the evening – and I sometimes take a look in there during the day too – trying to imagine the walls painted really dark and whether this would feel oppressive.grey bedroom brighten up by pattern and texture

A dark grey bedroom can be brightened up with pattern and texture

The trouble is that I can’t really find out whether the room will look okay with dark walls without actually painting them. And then, what if I don’t like it? It’s considerably more difficult to take a dark wall back to a light colour than it is to paint it dark in the first place. And that is a little bit scary to me; taking that leap into the unknown worries me, even though every other time I’ve used darker or brighter colours around my home I’ve been really glad that I did.dark blue wall inspiration from decoist

Dark blue wall inspiration from Decoist

I think that the only thing worse than painting the bedroom and not liking it, is not doing it at all. I really don’t want to live with rather scruffy magnolia walls any more and although my quick-fix book-page feature wall brought the dull room back to life, I think that it’s time for a bigger change. I wonder if the book wall will look good with a darker colour and survive the decorating process?! I’m confident that I’ll be painting my room in a dark denim blue or a moody grey during my holiday and I’ll be sure to report back on the process when it’s done so please pop back soon to see how I get on. And let me know if you’ve taken the plunge and painted a dark colour in your own home, I’d love to hear how it went so please leave me a comment or tweet me a photo to @Cassiefairy.

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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