My Botanical Retreat
Credit: Maisons Du Monde
So the hallway and lounge are the next rooms on our list to renovate, so I have been looking at styles that inspire me for a while now. Currently the styling is a little bland, living with the previous owners horrendous beige wallpaper is not a good look. My previous choice of Laura Ashley duck egg blue with faux fur reindeer throws and cushions has been a lovely scheme to have, but now I am ready to inject some colour and really push the limits with patterns, textures and shapes. Our large corner (and amazingly comfy) sofa is a light cream tone, so this is something I am having to tie into the scheme and work around. Our home has some lovely 1930's features with hand/picture rails throughout and with gorgeous high ceilings, so there are large enough wall spaces to play with and adequate natural light entering the property to support a dark wall tone. For some time now I have fallen in love with the banana leaf pattern that has been incredibly popular in the world of interiors. For a while now I have kept noticing this pattern, so I felt this was the way to go with my restyle. To go with the stunning banana leaf pattern, I wanted to mix natural elements such as bamboo and lots of foliage! The boho chic style is another firm favourite, so meshing all these trends together is part of the plan.
So what colour palette?
Oh green glorious green! I mean....what a colour hey? Whether you are looking for a scheme that emits a calming vibe, or a space that encourages a connection to nature, the colour green is a great place to start. With green being Pantone's 2017 colour of the year, it's no wonder many brands have jumped on this trend. My favourite is the trend 'Green Addict' by my new favourite interior shop Maisons Du Monde. The dark moody green hues, mixed with velvet textures and nature inspired patterns create an exciting and head turning style.
The mood board....
Taking inspiration from 'Green Addict' by Maisons Du Monde, I felt the banana leaf pattern would look great paired with two tones of green. Valspar's 'Wasabi Chocolate' is a gorgeous deep bottle green, accompanied by their pale 'New Growth' paint. Throughout the scheme I have included touches of natural bamboo, plant inspired accessories and gold rustic metallic touches. This laid back scheme has hints of 70's boho chic, finished off nicely with hanging foliage and vintage furniture. I wanted to embrace the retro elements of the space, whilst reflecting my personality at the same time. Check out the mood board below.......
1. Bamboo mirror, Maisons Du Monde
2. SANELA velvet curtains, Ikea
3. 'New Growth' paint, Valspar
4. Botany Bay Banana Leaf wallpaper, Lemon at Behang Fabriek
5. Gold 'Rock on hand', Audenza
6. EUCALYPTUSGold Metal and Glass Foliage Wall, Maisons Du Monde
7. Cotton Cushion Cover with Plant Print, Maisons Du Monde
8. Foil Print Tree Filled Cushion, Kaleidoscope
9. 'Wasabi Chocolate' paint, Valspar
10. Bronte by Moon Herringbone Throw, John Lewis
The painting has begun and I am slowly gathering all the accessories for the space. I am selling some of my matching cushions and throws, to fund the next batch (every little helps!). With Christmas on the way, the project won't be finished till the end of January - but I will keep you in the loop!
Hallway Before pictures: