This morning I got up at 5.30 am to do some running skipping jumping boxing and lunging in Fawkner Park.
It was 6 degrees and pitch black. It takes a reasonable amount of willpower to drag one's body from a toasty warm bed in those circumstances, but I thought, as I usually do, about early death, my obligation to live a long healthy life for my family, the need for toned thighs, better and clear skin, and how good I feel afterwards and I got through it.
For winter, I think a cave like bedroom is in order.
Black used to be forbidden in the bedroom but no more. In fact one could almost be forgiven for thinking that black bedrooms have taken over the world. It is a pity black requires such a commitment, otherwise I could paint my bedroom black for winter, then white for summer.
Black can be girly and feminine:
Or masculine, simple and inexpensive. These kinds of rooms bring back memories of degenerate university boyfriends. Didn't they always have black bedrooms?
This is in a Parisian apartment:
In this London house by Neu Architects:
I love this mid century style bedroom (this is for you Brismod):
And in Jules's home - how amazing is this bedroom?
It could have gone so horribly wrong but instead it is superb. Can I spend the winter here? (Check out her blog by the way, I love it).
Here is another bedroom with pattern on the bed:
This is Jenna Lyons' bedroom featured in Domino and then on blogs globally, which has dark walls and floorboards:
and here is another which is head to toe black:
Whilst this one uses parquetry to lighten the vampire lair feel.
And this one, a mirror:
Have you noticed that most of these rooms have lots of white highlights - in the linen, or side tables, or windows? That is because too much black and we would indeed be chanelling Twilight.
Another common feature is to just paint one wall black. Am not a fan of feature walls but I think it works in a bedroom in the area behind the bed.
Or this approach in a Swedish hotel, which uses slatted boards on one wall:
And this one, just a circular panel:
But beware: go too far and you may turn into a character from Scarface and end up with a bedroom like this. If you get to this point, you have taken the look way too seriously. Or you are a gangster. If the latter, sorry I offended you.
(By the way I have had to introduce comment moderation as I was getting so much spam mainly from Taiwan.... How does spam get around the word id thing? I don't get it.)
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