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Redecorating north facing bedroom

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RaisinGirls Sat 08-Feb-14 12:10:14

I'm planning on getting our master bedroom redecorated in the next couple of weeks and need some help on colour schemes please.

Its a north-facing bedroom but with a big bay window, so its light but a cold light. I have fitted wardrobes across one wall with two mirrored doors and two oak doors which will be staying and an oak king size bed frame which will be staying. I will be replacing the carpet and blinds.

Its currently got wallpaper on the wall behind the bed and then the other walls painted in a co-ordinating colour. Its very similar to this which in the northern light feels a bit cold. I am not keen to go with the whole one wall with wallpaper route again as feel its a bit dated.

Any ideas on colour schemes to use, and if all walls should be the same colour etc? I love the White Company colour schemes, - i.e. lots of greys and whites, but think in the northern light that would feel sterile, when what I am trying to create is more of a boudoir look.

Sorry, mammoth post to ask for a colour scheme idea!

noddyholder Sat 08-Feb-14 12:38:43

I have just finished a refurb with a north facing master bedroom. It is painted in FB Elephants breath. The carpet is grey and there is a huge aubergine coloured rug which really lifts it and it isn't really cold. Have white fitted wardrobes in alcoved and big fireplace with a mirror over. Vintage grey and pink floral bedlinen and a couple of big paintings. I think as the EB is a bit 'browny pink' it doesn't feel cold.

Pannacotta Sat 08-Feb-14 14:35:18

I have two bedroom facing North, one is also West facing (two windows).
One is painted in Elephants Breath, the other is Charleston Grey (also F&B).
Both look good, the C Grey is a bit cosier if you like that look.
Both are good backgrounds for paintings/mirrors etc and both work well with pale cream/white paintwork.

RaisinGirls Sun 09-Feb-14 17:59:09

Just trying the Elephant's Breath sample out now. It's coming up brown / clay like to my eye. A nice colour but can't see it working with a grey carpet. What colour carpets do you guys have with the EB paint?

Pannacotta Sun 09-Feb-14 18:31:35

I have used it with dark walnut stained floorboards and also pale grey/beige carpet. I have also used it combined with darker grey and it works with all these colours.
Try a large sample on lining paper and look at it in different lights/times of day.
Doesn't really matter if we like it though, its what you think of it that counts!

Bonsoir Sun 09-Feb-14 18:37:10

A matte grey paint is ideal for north facing bedrooms as it absorbs the grey-tinged natural light. I have painted all my DCs' rooms in FB Elephants Breath, with white cornices, ceilings and woodwork, and it looks great and cosy.

oif Sun 09-Feb-14 19:23:00

Interesting - piggybacking on your thread as we have same - n facing bedroom with large bay window - to redecorate in new place. Elephants Breath certainly v popular. I have been thinking of something in grey/beige/clay range so will have to check it out.

These are my favourite pictures for inspiration:

For something completely different, I also have north-facing guest bedroom to decorate, and am thinking of going a little bit crazy and doing it all in this: or something very similar, with some navy or charcoal - headboard/bed accessories/blinds - and dark wood. sTill not sure whether this is great or terrible idea; I just really like the wallpaper and think if there's one room I can go a little mad it's a guest bedroom.

noddyholder Sun 09-Feb-14 19:24:56

It works with grey carpet looks amazing Have done it for at least 5 jobs. A warm grey and grey sisal looks good too

Pannacotta Sun 09-Feb-14 22:20:03

oif your second link looks like Charleston Grey which is what I used in a north/west facing bedroom (also with big bay window) and it looks really good, have mixed it with dark wood floor, shutters, dark fireplace and linen curtains.

Bonsoir Mon 10-Feb-14 06:57:00

Linen and velvet as furnishing fabrics look great in north-facing rooms painted matte grey. You completely lose the cold light effect.

neepsandtatties Mon 10-Feb-14 07:20:40

Dulux Timeless Classics Thimble Case is a warm (pink tones) grey too, and looks great with grey carpet.

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