Lamp room gray or Pavilion gray?

11.07.2010

I apologize...this is going to be a long post but they always are when they are personals...
For some people, bedrooms are their sanctuary and I envy this. For me it is a place to sleep. Having too much energy to spend, I often feel that lay-ins at weekends are wasting my time when there is a lot of creative things I could do, so I have been struggling with what to do with our bedroom to transform into a space I would love to relax.
I wished I had time to source one of these gorgeous French chandeliers in France but not this year so I have been letting these gorgeous bedrooms in grey, especially this one, sink in and on Saturday afternoon, while going through all my interiors mags, I came across again Paula Leen's bedroom which somehow I had missed first time around. Suddenly the penny dropped. Forget French glamour, I will go for inspired simplicity
a la BODIE and FOU.


Image: (C) BODIE and FOU, magazine Living Etc, necklace (my own)

The challenge was then to decide which grey to use and where to use it. It had to be different from the grey used in Mila's room. Last but not least, would it work better as a feature wall behind the new linen bedhead I made with my mum or on the wall-to-wall built-in wardrobe?
This is important because I loathe painting wood and I can't get started until I'm really sure (let alone the fact that I really wanted it to look like this but Steve is freaking out about house prices going down and the costs of replacing all the doors to achieve Abigail's look wouldn't make sense so, for the time being, they will remain the way they are).

Image: (C) BODIE and FOU, white sunglasses from The Little White company

So after hours of reflection, I came up with this look....Soft greys, white bed linens, gray throw, white ceramic lighting....

Image: (C) BODIE and FOU, gray Grafton cotton knit throw from The White Company, Black & white prints from Therese Sennerholt, White cluster light by Kathleen Hills, Tribeca table lamp from WhereDidYouBuyThat.com, Familia tableware by Normann Copenhagen, ceramic owl vase by House Doctor DK

So despite the title, I have already made up my mind (sorry!) regarding the hue of gray I'll be using but I would love to know what you think of this, how you decorated your room and how you get the inspiration...
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Alors que pour certaines personnes, la chambre est un lieu de repos, pour moi c'est juste un endroit pour dormir. J'ai beaucoup trop d'energie a depenser pour gaspiller mon temps a faire des grasses matinees alors que je pourrais faire plein de choses. Du coup, cela fait un petit moment que je bataille pour transformer notre chambre en un lieu ou j'aurais envie de me detendre. J'aurais aime trouver un de ces magnifiques chandeliers en France mais je n'aurais pas le temps d'ici la fin de l'annee. Du coup, ces derniers temps, je me suis laissee bercee par l'atmosphere de ces belles chambres, surtout celle-ci et Samedi, alors que je feuilletais tous mes magazines de deco, je suis tombee sur la chambre de Paula Leen. Et tout d'un coup, c'etait une evidence....Oublions French glamour pour un look simple et inspirant a la BODIE and FOU. Le challenge pour moi etait maintenant de decider quel gris j'utiliserais et surtout ou dans la piece. Tout d'abord le gris devrait etre different de celui utilise dans la chambre de Mila. Et ce gris serait-il mieux en 'feature wall' derriere la tete de lit que ma mere et moi avions faite ensemble ou sur les portes du placard en bois qui couvrent tout un mur. Pour moi, cela etait super important parce que je deteste peindre le bois donc je ne voulais pas m'y attaquer avant d'etre super sure. Apres des heures de reflection et quelques essais de peinture sur le mur, je suis arrivee a ce look...des gris tres doux (probablement le Pavillion gray de Farrow and Ball), du linge de lit blanc en lin ou en cotton bio, un jete de lit gris, des luminaires en ceramique blanche et des photos de famille en noir et blanc.
Malgre le titre (desole), j'ai deja decide le gris que je vais utilise mais j'aimerais beaucoup savoir ce que vous en pensez, comment avez-vous decore votre chambre et comment trouvez-vous l'inspiration...

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Kickcan and Conkers said...

Funny, I've just done a post about home making. When we bought our house it was like walking being in a 70's time warp - quick, fetch me the sun glasses please. First thing we did was strip all the loud wallpaper (even on the doors!) and start to paint the house white. I can't make my mind up either but I know how I want everything to look in the end. At the moment the walls are white - not even F& B, 100% ecological paint, and we're adding shades of white, grey, beige and black through furniture, textiles and wall coatings/cement. I don't really look at design mags too much these days, just do my own thing, but I am gonna have a go at making the cool vintage crate shelving you showed for Dylan's bedroom (we bought our crates from Alinea by the way for 5 EUR a piece from Alinea by the way).

BODIE and FOU said...

Lau de Casalil mentioned Alinea too. 5 Euros for one crate is a very very good price. Vintage one in the UK cost about £25 to £30 now!

Olivia said...

En gris foncé et blanc pour moi...
Le french grey de chez Little Greene est clair et doux, allant plus sur le beige que le bleu.

vosges paris said...

ohhh mennnn I love this post... :)))

Everything is so beautiful I would like to write so much and comment about everything you say but my head is tired haha... Where do I start Lamproom grey.. love that color.. it was my very first experiment in painting old chandeliers with greys and white like I saw on the French blogs and I remember being for ages in the store searching for the perfect grey.. Guess what it was the lamp room grey ;) http://vosgesparis.blogspot.com/2008/04/des-chandeliers-et-des-bougies.html I still love that color .. I do not know the Pavilion gray but I love what I see on your mood board!

Absolutely love the prints and ceramic lamps So would love to have a pair of those! [What is the knotted white and gray fabric it looks gorgeous too.]

So my conclusion ;) .. Love the pale gray's .. and the whole mood board ;)

Inspiration for my bedroom came from one picture I liked a lot too.
My bedroom as you know is white with a gray table and cabinet and some zinc accessories and things and I like it to be white.....In my living room I have a dark gray wall, you can see it in one of my latest posts and I love that too and the the warmth it gives. Hurrah for gray huh ;)

Def. my favorite post of the week already!
bizz bizz desiree

BODIE and FOU said...

Thanks Desiree! The shelves on your bedroom is in my inspiration folder for the finishes touch! But first I need to get the brush, the paint and get on with it

The knotted white and gray fabric is the bed throw I recently bought from The White company (link is in the post). Thx you so much for your great comment!

Lau de Casalil said...

Pareil que Desiree... j'avais l'impression d'etre comme les kids avec leurs catalogues de jouets... pour noel/... un jour je te prendrais la grappe de lampes... un jour tu me feras un collier de boules grises en soie... un jour j'aurais le mm iphone que toi....et un jour je tricoterai le mm plaid... en attendant le gris doux et chaud me parle bien... mais pense a mettre qq pointes de couleurs... pour la bonne mine du matin!!!

BODIE and FOU said...

Moi mon soleil c'est le blanc, le bleu et le gris...je suis une fille du Sud-Ouest, de la Cote Atlantique...pas du Sud comme toi :-)

Cassandra said...

I'm sure you have purchased paint and brushes are at the ready. I've always used F & B BUT the Little Greene paint co has a new paint range with the most perfect grays -

www.littlegreene.com/paint/collection/colour-scales-48-colours.

The colours work perfectly in London houses and have lots of lovely pigment and flat, flat, flat.

vosges paris said...

Thanks for your answer Karine.. I think Lau and I should be sisiters and you guys at Bodie and ou should addopt us.. so we can play with white ceramics , lay omn beautiful gray blankets and look at therese sennerholt prints!

Best idea so far.... huh??
PS I stole some pictures from your post and made a new post about it on myt blog ...

J'ai flâné pour vous said...

toujours aussi magnifique par ici

katie kirby said...

love the colour scheme!

Leigha said...

Love, love, love it. Just popped over from Vosges Paris - so glad I did!

I cannot wait to explore.

Leigha

Katie - Coco Målé said...

This is beautiful - grey is definitely one of my favourite colours. LOVE the throws...

fergusandme said...

love them both. our master bath (and actually all the bathrooms in our house) are painted f & b hardwick white -- a warm grey, with lots of grey veined marble and white tile -- but gilded things look great in their, too. hope it comes out perfect! lynn-anne

Anonymous said...

I can tell you from experience that F&B Pavilion Gray is just beautiful. It shifts in intensity as they light comes and goes, but always very soothing. I'm looking at it right now!

Good luck.

BODIE and FOU said...

Great! It's the one I bought on Friday and energy permitting, I will start the wall tomorrow

La Rimule said...

Oh je connais ce "problème" ! Nous avons apssé cet été 2h dans un magasin "Farrow & ball" pour choisir un gris pour notre chambre... finalement on a pris du "Fawn" ! Et finalement ça n'est pas du tout comme ça que je voyais la chose... mais bon c'est joli !

Stephanie Conn said...

I must agree re: Pavilion Gray/ JUst tried some test swatches and it looks crisp and muted at the same time, and changes in every light.

The Lamp Room gray had a green undertone I didn't expect- not what I was looking for (and from your moodboards, not what you want either).

The new Manor HOuse Gray is GORGEOUS but a notch too dark for what I need it for.

IT's been a while now so maybe you're done? Hope it went well and please post photos!

 

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