But then I kept seeing images like this...
|Photo | Lonny|
|Photos | Apartment Therapy|
Finally, about 2 months ago I bit the bullet and went to Leyland to buy the paint. I had pulled my finger out! I was going to DO THIS! Except... Leyland had other ideas. They were closed. And I didn't go back, because...well..I'm lazy.
Oddly enough, it was the image below that ultimately lit a fire up my bottom.
|Photo | Design*Sponge|
As soon as I saw it, my brain said, *dresser=wood panels; carpet=fireplace surround; cardigan=mantle* (I'm constantly having these equations in my head, it's a gift). This was it! This photo WAS my fireplace wall! And I never looked back.
Here she is before -
And now -
They could be twins no?
There's a common misconception that dark walls will make a room feel smaller, however in this case the charcoal delineates the space, rather than closing it in. It also works because although our lounge is quite small, the high ceiling makes the space feel more generous than it actually is (unfortunately said ceiling currently has a leak - the period flat gods giveth, the period flat gods taketh away).
One more time for the road -
Feels like just yesterday that it looked like THIS.