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I've dared to go dark and I hate it. HELP!!!

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subees says:

Hi there, I took the plunge and decided to go dark in my hallway. It's a very narrow space and I decided to use London Clay hoping it would dramatic but cosy. However, I hate it. Not sure if it's the fact I'm not used to it being so dark or whether it's the wrong colour. I know I need to layer the space up with rugs and more pictures but before I invest in that I'm wondering if I need to change the colour. I would welcome all your ideas and suggestions. Thanks guys! x

Ps. How do I add a photo? Sorry, this is my first post!
2:40AM, 13 August 2013 PDT (permalink)

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subees says:

I've worked out how to upload the pics!
59 months ago (permalink)

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jeckslea says:

I like the colour, it's not too dark or uninspiring! I know when I went dark I had to take some time to get used to it. I was sure I made a mistake but I love it now that I've added personality. . Carry on styling the hallway as you wish, introducing colour and textures and I think it'll look great.

Good luck.
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Chris10011 says:

Hi!
I must say I like the colour too, but you know, it is a very personal thing, and you really must love it yourself.
Something that I have experienced over the years: it really makes all the difference what light bulbs you use. Everytime I used an energy saving bulb from Ikea for instance, I hated the colours on my walls. Some bulbs bring out the worst in a wall colour. Maybe it is an idea to experiment with different bulbs in your pendant before you decide to start painting again. It can really make all the difference in the world. I personally use old fashioned incandescent light bulbs, or high end (and expensive) energy saving ones that also have a golden glow in the light (because of the use of a copper thread). Brings out the deepest, velvety finish in a paint.
Another thing that crossed my mind: a crystal chandelier instead of the pendant? Ups it in the glam department and takes the eye away from the walls..
Have fun!
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subees says:

Hey, thanks for your great suggestions. I'm looking into getting some chandeliers - the challenge being that they can't be too big as heads or doors will knock into them. Great idea about the lightbulbs; will definitely play around with it. I'm off to buy some flowers and accessories today, and this weekend is all about the artwork so hopefully by next week I'll start to fall in love with it. I was just surprised by the tone, as in other spaces where I've seen London Clay it looked softer and less brown. But I think it's hard to be objective when it's your own space that you've lived with as bland white for so long. I definitely wouldn't go back to that as I hated it, whereas now I'm intrigued and committed to making this a cool hallway. Thanks for your advice and encouragement! x
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Kallista Bolton says:

I wouldn't freak out just yet - I think the colour looks awesome, but you haven't got the styling elements in there yet so it's premature to judge it.

I have had almost the same reaction to the rooms I have moved dark to and have realised my painters remorse / doubt is beacuse I'm dealing with a new palette I am unfamiliar with and its out of my styling comfort zone. Once I've worked on the rooms I just love them and want to roll out the whole house in dark.

I think you need to keep going and comitt to the rest of the pieces that will make the space work for you, if you buy pieces you like you can always reuse them in other rooms if you repaint.

Also have a read on AA's blog about room progression over time....

hope this helps.
Kallista
59 months ago (permalink)

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Chris10011 says:

You're welcome!
When it comes to chandeliers, height is indeed an issue in a hallway. In my toilet, I used a smaller one, but still I love it. It's on one of my pictures in my photostream, to have an idea. This style is called 'strawberry' (at least in Dutch ;-) and they give a great glow to the walls, but are still small enough to walk under them. I saw a couple of examples on this website:

www.lansantiek.com/p/27/g44

search for art.code 21767, or 22103 or 21689
Hope this helps and have fun!
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subees says:

Thanks Kallista and Chris,. Bought some accessories today and on the hunt for more so I'll try not to panic just yet. I know it takes time for a room to grow, but I'm so impatient! HAHA! Love your chandelier Chris. Something like that would work I reckon. Cheers!
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TraceyM65 says:

I think the colour is lovely. I would put artwork on the long wall, an eclectic mix, but with lots of colour. A hall runner, again another injection of colour. And (you're gonna hate me) I'd paint the door a different colour! But it sounds like you're on the right path anyway, it's all about the layers.
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subees says:

Thanks Tracey. I spent yesterday afternoon adorning the long wall with art; plus I attached a small floating shelf and dressed it with candles and a vase with some faux flowers. I'm really happy with how it's coming together already. I would love to get a patterned runner for the carpet. Trying to work out what colours would work well. Any suggestions?
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Anita Brown Design Studio says:

A chandelier would seriously transform that space; I completely agree with Chris. I'm thinking that a black and white or grey and white 'Greek Key' runner would look fab on the floor. This carpeting on the stairs www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=97957 has an awesome grey and white 'Greek Key' design. It isn't too busy but the inclusion of white helps to visually lift. Just my humble opinion!
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AbigailAhern is a group administrator AbigailAhern says:

Couldn't agree more with what everyone else has been said. Apologises on being late to the party its been a crazy few weeks. Dark colours and low energy bulbs are a no no the kind of light they emit is so depressing so totally agree with Chris on that. I think if you can add punches of colour it will totally help you out. We've got London Clay in the store and in my bedroom and bathroom. Tribal moroccan inspired rugs look amazing with this hue (i've got those in my bedroom) so do yellows, burnt orange even red. It will feel soft and beautiful if you up the amount of lights - for instance in my hallway I've got recessed in the ceiling, plus a chandelier, plus 2 table lamps and it feels so snug when dusk sets in. xx
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faybamblett says:

It looks beautiful, but it's lacking slightly in depth. A punchy colour like postbox red or mustard yellow would bring that space to life! A lovely long Moroccan rug would look lovely in there as would a huge abstract canvas on the right wall.
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houroussoff says:

HI! Just come over to the forum for the first time. I did my bedroom in a very similar colour and I'm still working on it - it still needs window coverings, paint on headboard and wardrobe, and lights and accesories, so I've got a way to go! I love lime green with my brown, and yes yellow looks amazing, so does lilacy blue. I had to move on from the chaos of decorating (I do my own) so need to go there again - thinking time has been good, and like you it was a bit out of my comfort zone - still is really, though I love it - just need some cash to throw at it now!!
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