Planning a pre-Christmas room revamp with Kent Blaxill

If you're anything like me you'll probably know there's something about this time of year and Christmas preparations. Whether it's working out your festive plans or planning some decorating so the house is as tip-top as it can be, for me this time of year is always about planning. I was in our top spare bedroom the other day - we call it that because it's on our top floor, and to distinguish it from the spare bedroom on the middle floor - and it struck me that this is now one of our plainer rooms.

Although since it was decorated two years ago - how quickly has that gone - we have added some pictures, it's still relatively plain. It is a light and airy room though and I still like blue-green colour we chose from the Farrow & Ball paint chart.

REFLECTIONS ON THE WARDROBES

REFLECTIONS ON THE WARDROBES

PICTURES FROM OUR TRAVELS

PICTURES FROM OUR TRAVELS

So when Kent Blaxill got in touch, I looked at their website and started to wonder what I could do to spruce it up a bit ahead of people coming to stay over the festive season. While I still like the blue-green, I'm less sure about the cream. I think it's a bit too yellow, but I know there's a lot of painting if I want to change it and I'd need to pick my moment mentioning this to MOH...
But I thought I'd look and was pleased to see that they're stockists for both Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers and Crown Trade Paint. When we decorated before we used Farrow & Ball paints for the walls, but not for the ceilings. And if I were to paint this room again it'd be a tactic I'd repeat.

Although giving the walls a lick of paint would definitely spruce the room up, it wouldn't really do anything to remedy the plain-ness. So I moved onto the wallpaper section. So much choice! There's an extensive range with a couple available to buy online, and so you know what you're getting there's a free sample service too. I used it and my samples were quick to arrive.

WALLPAPER SAMPLES

WALLPAPER SAMPLES

My masterplan was to add some interest on the curved wall with wallpaper, but I wanted something with a light background and with a pattern that wasn't too busy. The samples above are (from left to right) Farrow & Ball's Feather Grass in grey, which is a large border design which reaches 1m 40cm up the wall. I liked this but I'm not convinced it's right for this room. It would though look great in a hallway.

The middle sample is from Little Greene's 50s Line Papers range and it's called Cones. I like the design and the Lint colour, as well as the gold colour of the pattern, but I think this wallpaper is more uniform than the wallpaper I imagined - although if you asked me, I wouldn't be able to describe it!  The last sample is also from the Little Greene 50s Line Papers and is a design called Hampstead and I love it! Again the print is gold in colour, but not too gold and the colour is officially called Cloister. I showed it to MOH and he liked it too.

Of course if I had this wallpaper I'd definitely need the cream paint replaced for something on the cooler colour palette - and I've not mentioned that yet.

Have you got plans to do any decorating to spruce up rooms before Christmas? Or is it just me that's mad for even considering it - I'm interested to know so please comment and let me know.

 

This is a collaborative post with Kent Blaxill, but all words and opinions are my own.